Jewel-Like Paneling Dazzles Neighborhood: Ten Degrees Croydon, London

Session: Track A: Best Tall Building Award: 100-199m, Part 2 & 200-299m, Part 1

John FlemingSimon BaylissProject image

John Fleming
President of Vision Modular Systems, Tide Construction

Simon Bayliss
Managing Partner, HTA Design LLP

Ten Degrees Croydon is located in the center of Croydon in South London and is opposite East Croydon Station, one of London’s busiest transport hubs with around 24 million passengers per year. The concept for the project was to bring together the best of 21st-century design technologies, modular manufacturing, and community creation to revisit the visions of mid-century high-rise living.. The ambition was that the development would act as a catalyst for a wider regeneration while providing highly sustainable homes adjacent to one of London’s best-connected transport hubs.

The development’s 546 residences are separated into two volumes. A double-height, glass-reinforced-concrete colonnade wraps the base of the interlocking towers above and culminates in a spectacular pyramid glass-covered sculpture garden that forms the main entrance. The spatial configuration as two interlocking towers creates a design that responds to the setting, in particular the views from the surroundings and the shape of the site.. At street level, a human scale is generated by glazed terracotta diamond paneling that echoes the main façades. The expressed base is articulated by a grand colonnade around the base and the generously covered arcade. An art gallery and new café are designed for Croydon’s emerging cultural quarter. The remaining shared facilities are expressed as crowns to each tower, with a south-facing terrace as well as east and west-facing communal uses including the resident lounge, show kitchen, gym, and games rooms.

The scheme was designed using over 1,500 modules to reduce local disruption and improve the fabric performance to achieve 43 kWh/m2/year in regulated energy. Further, the use of off-site construction reduced embodied energy by around 40 percent when compared with a traditional building. Additionally, 100 percent of site waste produced was recycled or diverted from the landfill, and 97.5 percent of factory waste produced was recycled.

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