Fulham Island 'Tutti Fruiti' Building
Client: Manhattan Loft Corporation
Value: £10.5 million
Date: Completed March 2003
Although Fulham is an affluent borough, its central shopping area had become rather run down. This entire street block, a dilapidated mixture of listed buildings and the extremely ordinary, became an exemplary piece of urban mixed-use re-build and re-use. The whole ground floor area was developed for shops and restaurants of very varying sizes supporting a first floor central garden, around which a mixture of office and residential space was planned, the garden also giving access and thus beneficial use to the upper part of listed shops. A sunny Californian approach to the new architecture (being ‘out west’ of London) spawned spatter coloured brickwork, coloured stainless steel and palm trees – giving Fulham an upbeat heart to rival that of neighbouring Chelsea.