Nine Elms, London, UK

Title:Riverlight, Nine Elms, London, UK
Markets:Residential, Public Realm
Client:St James Group Limited
Services:Landscape Architecture
Region:United Kingdom
Team:Gillespies, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, Ramboll and Hoare Lea
Photography:John Sturrock
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Designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Riverlight consists of six modern and elegant pavilions that share the same architectural language but vary in height and colour. The careful arrangement of these pavilions generated opportunities to create a permeable open space, with the riverfront visible and accessible between each of the six pavilions.

The new landscapes and public realm have been specifically designed to create a strong identity and a sense of place unique to Riverlight. The landscape design addresses the requirements of this new residential community and complements the wider Nine Elms Masterplan.

The public areas are treated as a revealed river bed with a series of soft, pebble-like forms, while the private courtyards form calm green spaces with heavy tree planting and water gardens. The newly created river walk — slightly raised to allow views over the river wall to the Thames — brings a 17m-wide boulevard to a previously underused part of the waterfront.

"I was very impressed with the team at Gillespies. There was a very high quality of thinking behind the concept and execution of the detailed scheme (for Riverlight, London)."

Sean Ellis, Chairman of St James


  • 2018 RIBA Regional Award