ea Containers House was designed
in 1974 by Warren Platner as a
waterfront hotel to promote British
tourism. Upon completion, due to
an economic downturn, the building was
immediately converted to office use – but was
inherently never entirely fit for purpose.
In 2013, BDG Architecture + Design
won an invited competition, in partnership
with MathesonWhiteley, to create 20,300m
of workspace for a group of ten advertising
and media companies, which previously
were located across a number of sites
The existing building consisted of three
elements: a concrete frame, two-storey ‘River
Terrace’cantilevering over the Thames
Path – complete with concrete waffle slabs
– a central stack of low, horizontal concrete
floor plates and a recently completed two-
storey ‘sky terrace’, steel-framed, glazed-roof
extension. The design concept proposes a
specific response to each type of space.
Located at the eastern end of the South
Bank, the Sea Containers building occupies a
significant portion of the ‘cultural mile’river
looks at the refurbishment
of a London riverfront building, where designwas inspired by some of the
Thames’ Brutalist structures.
Ground-floor atrium of the refurbished
Sea Containers building.