Heroic Visions of Mid-Century High-Rise Living: Ten Degrees Croydon, London
Session: F: Best Tall Building Award By Function: Residential/Hotel, Part 2 & Renovation Award
President and Founder, Vision Modular Systems, & President and Founder, Tide Construction
Partner & Senior Architect, HTA Design LLP
The ambition for Ten Degrees Croydon was that the development would act as a catalyst to a wider regeneration while providing highly sustainable homes adjacent to one of London’s best-connected transport hubs. Croydon Council’s intention was that the site will become the gateway to a new ‘cultural quarter’ which is emerging to the south of the site. 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.. At street level, a human scale is generated by glazed terracotta diamonds that bring an intricate ornamentation that echoes the main facades of the towers. The 546 new residences are separated into two volumes. While the towers have a shared palette of glazed terracotta tiles, each has a unique expression with the northern tower offering a more sculptural form. Finally, the generous shared facilities within are expressed as crowns to each tower.
At the top of each tower, residents can enjoy 360-degree views across London and a range of shared facilities including a gym, yoga room, games room, residents lounge, screening room and entertaining room with show kitchen. Other facilities within the building include full concierge services, co-working facilities including meeting spaces and a dog wash room.