Launched in October 2013 with the promise to deliver ‘a variety of top-end club nights’, this 3000-capacity superclub feels decidedly low-end on the inside. Like its previous two identities (Proud2 and matter) Building Six continues to be an unwelcoming, clinical, garishly decorated vortex of angry red lighting and security guards at every corner. Thank goodness for the music then, and a state of the art sound system.
Accessible via its own entrance from North Greenwich station or by Thames Clipper boat, the journey to Building Six is an easy one. Split across three levels, this mammoth venue features a huge cloakroom, two club rooms, a VIP level with a long bridge overlooking the main dancefloor, and a spectacular wooden-decked terrace with a large bar, fast food station and staggering views of the city. Unfortunately you have to navigate your way through a confusing series of surrounding staircases to access most of these areas, and that feels more like walking through university halls or an office block than a stylish club worthy of the hefty door charge. Fluro-jacketed security guards watch from every corner as revellers line up along balconies overlooking the action or along badly-lit bars, while regular traffic jams form on the central staircase leading to Room 2. The tired décor appears to have been inherited from the club’s previous incarnations, making it anything but fresh or exciting under its new Building Six guise.
With not much of a facelift since its days as Proud2 and matter, the atmosphere inside Building Six is one of missed opportunities. Room 2 manages to be a little more vibrant thanks to its better design and lighting arrangement, but this fails to make up for the rest of the club, including the VIP area on level three, which might be one of the ugliest around. It’s not all bad though. Unlike so many superclubs, Building Six boasts a genuinely welcoming outside terrace. Head there for a smaller bar queue while you munch on some goat curry surrounded by the city’s bright lights.
It’s early days for the newly launched Building Six, but already this venue is drawing some of the most popular names in dance music to its stage, including DJ Fresh and Skrillex. Club nights and events remain infrequent but with a strong focus on dubstep, DnB, and electronica artists so far. Big names will continue to be attracted to the venue’s innovative Body Kinetic dance floor, large stage and impressive sound system, which can make up for everything else disappointing in a club.
This club boasts an affordable but shamefully small drinks menu for such a large space, with only a handful of options including two beers, house wines, and basic shots with minimal mixers. This may differ according to the event and club night in question and it might even improve with time. But for now, it is not a club to enjoy a classic cocktail in as you linger at the bar. Rather this is a place to grab a bottle of lager and get straight onto the vibrating dance floor.
The Last Word
Building Six has failed to learn from its predecessors’ failures at the same site. Its dramatic location under Greenwich's Millennium Dome, powerful sound system and state-of-the-art dance floor are not enough to make this venue the London clubbing landmark it is so desperately trying to be, but they certainly help bring in the big DJ names. While it prides itself on its versatility, claiming it can be whatever promoters want it to be, it has failed to cement an identity of any kind and remains as bland as any blank canvas will ever be.