Open Door: Coal Drops Yard

Open Door, a partnership between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and British Council, is designed to promote and celebrate outstanding conservation work by emerging architects in mainland China and in the UK.

Coal Drops Yard – London, England
Heatherwick Studio
Category 2: Heritage buildings built before 1901

With its unusual mix of retail spaces, restaurants and bars, the stage has been set for this interesting industrial site to reinvent itself and attract a new era of ‘experiential retail’. The relatively modest Grade II listed coal drop building and its adjoining non-listed building have been sensitively refurbished back to an appropriate level of conservation-led repair.

The Open Door project is aimed at architects who have been qualified for 10 years or less. It highlights the best of recent architectural heritage projects and the environmental and cultural benefits of building conservation. It also aims to foster knowledge sharing between expert practitioners in both countries, facilitating future UK-China dialogue on architecture and design.

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