Barking Riverside London [UK]

Barking Riverside is one of the most important and biggest new construction projects of London. It is located on the north bank of the river Thames at the heart of the Thames Gateway. The site, which covers approximately 185 hectares and provides for 11.000 apartments for 26.000 inhabitants, was to be realised in the affordable housing sector,  will offer schools en retail spaces and keep 40 % of the area for public spaces, gardens and parks.

Within the masterplan of Maxwan Architects + Urbanists for the entire area and with the coordination of Maccreanor Lavington, KCAP developed the urban setting of plot C7 and the designed five residential blocks within it. The buildings vary in orientation and create open spaces of irregular shape with a maximum of openness towards the surroundings. They form a counterpoint to the regular rectangular shapes of the building blocks themselves. The irregular orientation, although seemingly at random, is arranged to allow for optimal river views for all five buildings and for a certain openness towards the surroundings.

All five blocks respond with a different form to their specific context and develop their own character. Four of the blocks are a courtyard types, one block consists of two towers on a sloping plinth. In the eastern part of the site, the so-called ‘family block’ contains a special program: it comprises exclusively of single family houses and maisonette units. It is displayed freely between the northern blocks and the foreshore is also significantly smaller in size.


Client Barking Riverside ltd., London
Program Urban plan for plot C7 and design of 5 residential blocks with a total of 560 units, commercial spaces and 580 underground parking spaces
Time 2007 - 2009
Role Urban planner of plot C7 and architect of 5 blocks in cooperation with Maccreanor Lavington (coordination)
Participating parties Maxwan, Rotterdam (masterplan and supervision)