The Last Word

Singapore Tatler Homes - - OCT/NOV 2018 -

Orig­i­nally built to re­trieve coal, the slop­ing roofs of Coal Drops Yard in Lon­don are one of the city’s most ar­chi­tec­turally strik­ing fea­tures. First built in 1850, the his­toric build­ings have been trans­formed into a re­tail and life­style hub, slated to open in Oc­to­ber. The gabled roofs have been ex­tended and are sup­ported by a free­stand­ing struc­ture to im­prove cir­cu­la­tion as well as to cre­ate a fo­cal point. This also cre­ates a flow­ing struc­ture, an out­door space and an up­per storey that over­looks the pub­lic yard. “We be­lieved there was an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the her­itage of the ex­ist­ing struc­tures rather than de­stroy them,” says Thomas Heather­wick, founder of Heather­wick Stu­dio, the cre­ative mind be­hind the struc­ture’s strik­ing new look. “We’re all look­ing for­ward to see­ing how Coal Drops Yard can be­come a des­ti­na­tion in its own right; a spe­cial new space that the pub­lic can make their own.”

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