Sea Containers House

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The redeveloped building in 2015

Sea Containers House is a prominent building on the south bank of the River Thames in London.

Location[edit]

Sea Containers House is located towards the eastern end of London's South Bank cultural area, and is within the London Borough of Southwark. A continuous river-side walkway, actually part of the Thames Path, passes in front of and below the building, and links it with near river-side attractions such as the Festival Hall, the National Theatre, the Tate Modern, the Oxo Tower and the Globe Theatre.

History[edit]

Sea Containers House on the River Thames, in 2011

Sea Containers House was originally conceived as a luxury hotel,[1] its location near to the City of London led to the decision to complete it instead as office space. Its name comes from the former long-term tenant, Sea Containers.

In Spring 2011, a process began to gain planning permission for an extensive internal and external refurbishment of Sea Containers House, the east and west wings, which face the Thames, remained offices,[2] with companies within global communications group WPP moving in February 2016. The south wing was renovated as the Mondrian Hotel London,[3] bringing at least part of the building back to its original intended use.[4]

Cultural influence[edit]

In October 2009, three-piece music band Gyratory System released the album The Sound-Board Breathes with a track named Sea Containers House.[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sea Containers House". Seacontainershouseconsultation.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Sea Containers House". Seacontainershouseconsultation.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  3. ^ "London's Sea Containers House set to become Mondrian hotel". Business Traveller. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Sea Containers House". Seacontainershouseconsultation.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Music - Review of Gyratory System - The Sound-Board Breathes". BBC. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Sea Containers House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 0°06′25″W / 51.5085°N 0.1070°W / 51.5085; -0.1070