No. 5 Upper Riverside, finished earlier this year, is the final building to complete Greenwich Peninsula’s Upper Riverside neighborhood, a collection of five buildings designed by world-famous architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
“We were keen to work with them on a residential project, because we wanted to bring some of that striking architecture that you get in higher density areas down onto the river,” listing agent Kerri Sibson said. They “blew us all away, creating a tiered row of five striking, angular buildings with sloping terraces,” she said.
Sculpted in glass and stone, and interspersed with landscaped walkways, Upper Riverside’s distinctive prism-like architecture cascades to the edge of the River Thames. The buildings offer homes with far-reaching river and city views, alongside a series of communal roof gardens, restaurants and bars to create a new waterside social hub.
The expansive penthouse apartment on the 30th floor of No. 5 is designed by Design Haus Liberty in soft tones, with organic curves and sculptural furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout flood the property with natural light and deliver panoramic views of the Thames. Complete with all the necessities to suit a modern lifestyle, the home boasts a private roof terrace with stunning views of the river. “Because it is a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides,” Ms. Sibson said, “you get these wonderful big skies that you don’t get in a lot of London. The views will take your breath away.”
The 1,178-square-foot penthouse apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a 267-square-foot private terrace. No. 5 Upper Riverside is 30-stories tall and houses 191 apartments in total.
“One area where London residences tend to be lacking is luxury amenities, beyond the tokenistic gym,” according to Ms. Sibson. To rectify this, the developers of Upper Riverside created a residents’ club filled with designer amenities that are shared across all five buildings. The Upper Riverside Club boasts an impressive range of amenities, include a cardio gym, a weights gym, a steam room, a pool, a communal roof terrace and roof bar, private bookable cinema rooms and games rooms, a library and co-working space complete with boardroom, a residents lounge, a sun deck, a dining/party terrace and barbecue area. And they’re all offered within the club’s relaxed and unstuffy atmosphere.
The buildings each enjoy 24-hour concierge and lifestyle services, as well as parking and 48 acres of public green space. While all facilities are shared among the residents in all of the buildings, those contained within No. 5 itself are a cinema room, games rooms and a communal roof terrace.
The U.K.’s largest area of urban regeneration, with £8.4 billion being invested, Greenwich Peninsula will be transformed over the coming years, according to Ms. Sibson. The regeneration will include seven new neighborhoods spread across more than 150 acres, 13,000 new jobs, 48 acres of public space, two new schools for 2,000 pupils, a diverse and eclectic community of 34,000 new settlers and a 5-kilometer linear park called The Tide. To be created by the architects behind New York’s Highline, The Tide will be an elevated trail, scattered with sculpture and works of art, that traces the riverfront before winding through the peninsula and into the center of town. According to Ms. Sibson, the public art will include monumental pieces by renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Allen Jones.
According to Ms. Sibson, Greenwich Peninsula is already bustling with new and destination restaurants, cool bars, friendly cafes and retail—equipped with all the necessities for contemporary living.
The Upper Riverside neighborhood is located one stop from Canary Wharf and eight minutes from London Bridge. It is also 300 meters from North Greenwich bus and tube station, adjacent to the Emirates Air Line and opposite North Greenwich Pier; and with the Jubilee line less than a five-minute walk from the front door, the rest of the capital is easily accessible.
Article source: Mansion Global