Riverside Apartments and Studio

Foster + Partners, London, 1990


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view from north side of River Thames 

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  • view from north side of River Thames    
  • exterior landscaping    
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  • Rear elevation facing the courtyard    
  • Internal courtyard and the small two storey pavillion office block    
  • Riverside elevation    
  • West facade    
  • Glazed porte cochere frames the entance to the internal courtyard    
  • Lower part of riverside elevation showing studio and private flats above    
  • View from the bottom of the staircase leading up to Fosters studio    
  • Sanctuary at the top of studio, cafe area and Nomos reception    
  • Studio entrance    
  • Studio area    
  • Internal view of studio    
  • Studio area    
  • CAD facilities located next to the entrance    
  • Internal cellular spaces underneath mezzanine    
  • Different work spaces within studio    
  • Internal view of model workshop    
  • Internal stairs    
  • Meeting area on mezzanine level    
  • Typical living room interior of the flats    
  • Detail of suspended ceiling and column junction    
  • Library shelving system    
  • Location plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Apartment level floor plan    
  • Cross section through the main building entrance    
  • Riverside elevation    
  • Diagram showing suspended ceiling and raised floor    
  • Diagram of work table    
  • Isometric projection of external wall and shelving system    
  • Plan of the library zone at first floor and mezzanine level    
  • Section through external wall and library zone    

Mixed-use development on the River Thames with the architects' own studio on the lower floors topped with residential accommodation

Located on the south bank of the Thames, close to Albert Bridge, the site was previously derelict. The strategy for its renewal involved creating a new network of pedestrian routes and the rehabilitation of the adjacent dock. The effect has been to make this stretch of the riverside accessible to the public and to create connections to neighbouring streets.

The building itself has eight storeys, with Foster + Partners' studio occupying the lower three levels and apartments located on the upper floors, all of which share views of the river. A private courtyard provides separate access and security for those who live in the building, while at the rear of the site a two-storey pavilion accommodates additional studio space and a print shop.

The main studio, at first-floor level, is entered via steps through a top-lit galleried space and forms a 60-metre-long, double-height volume. Along its southern edge a mezzanine contains meeting and presentation spaces together with a library and image bank, while below is a model shop.


  • Begun: 1986
  • Completed: 1990
  • Sectors: Residential, Office
  • Address: Riverside , 22 Hester Road , London, SW11 4AN, United Kingdom

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