david chipperfield gets permission for canada water project
photo by richard davies




earlier this week, david chipperfield was dropped from the geffrye museum renovation in london (see designboom’s report here). chipperfield had originally won a competition in 2010 for his masterplan that would see the historic site enhanced with new galleries, a library and restaurant, but now after several years of development the hackney city council has rejected the proposal.


however, on a more favourable note, it has been announced that the british architect has received planning permission from the southwark council for his canada water project. the firm is set to realize three buildings as part of the greater revival scheme of southwark’s C&E sites in east london. the proposed architecture is set to include a long narrow block on pilotis, a medium-rise building and a slender landmark tower of 150m. the three chipperfield-designed structures will be situated amongst a soft landscape feature within a square bound by perimeter blocks of the greater masterplan conceived by maccreanor lavington architects. this open plaza will serve as a new meeting point, and a central pedestrian route, improving access to canada water.


david chipperfield architects, maccreanor lavington architects, landscape architects VOGT, and local community groups have been working with sellar developments–the leading property company working extensively–who acquired the decathlon site in 2011. the mixed-use development is part of the council’s plan to regenerate the wider area forming a new town centre for canada water.