Yet, there are still similarities with the old lofts of mid-century Manhattan: the places have unusually high ceilings, huge floor-to-ceiling windows and internal split-levels. Up top there’s a roof terrace, with a pool and outdoor film screening facilities; down below, there are beautifully planted green spaces.
A select number of apartments within No.3 and No. 5 Upper Riverside have loft-style volumetric space, incredible views, and four-metre-high ceilings. It is highly unusual to have such lavish use of space in contemporary residential architecture. Though the finish is thoroughly modern, the soaring ceilings of these places mark them out as belonging to an earlier pedigree.
Though these homes – unlike the old, 20th-century lofts of New York – far surpass current building regulations, they share some of the old SoHo lofts' heritage. As with the rest of Greenwich Peninsula, Upper Riverside is rooted in a part of the city that once served its industrial and warehousing needs, but now embraces a new social and creative stratum. The Peninsula’s Design District, a brand-new district, will cater for creatives, offering everything from light machinery ateliers through to software developers’ offices and photography studios.
As with Lower Manhattan, the river is within easy reach – though Upper Riverside has better vantage points. With everything at your fingertips, loft residents here have the ability to live impulsively. On the north-east of the Peninsula, Upper Riverside is where you can watch life on the Thames go by – from the comfort of your home, at a river-facing cafe or by taking a restorative, revitalising walk on The Tide – London’s first ever elevated, linear park.
This is high-density urban living, yet without the chaos and claustrophobia. Nobody is going to be repurposing their loft into a nightclub, especially when they look this great. Loft living hasn’t died out over the past half century, it has simply moved up a little. The ceilings are still double height, but the industrial grit has gone. This is heightened big-city living still; it’s just that lofts are now very much at another level.
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