This new housing development on Croham Valley Road is inspired by the design aesthetic of the vernacular suburban villa.
The project has replaced an existing 1930’s detached house with a new apartment building with nine dwellings. The design of the building has evolved as a contemporary response to the character, scale, and pattern of development in this suburban area of South Croydon. In particular, the architectural response took notes from the design and appearance of local historic arts and crafts houses, that utilise strong asymmetric chimneys and horizontal feature windows to break up the mass of the building. Materially, the architectural response has been conceived as simple palette of red brick, and red tiles to the roof and façade, with dark window frames and metal handrails for balustrades. Again, this references the surface and quality of local traditional arts and crafts houses.
The front elevation of this multi-unit dwelling is a re-interpretation of the elevation of a detached house. This is to create a contemporary form that feels and looks like a single dwelling but contains a range of apartment types, from one to three bedrooms. The building consists of a plinth level at lower ground floor, with one and half storeys of accommodation above in the form of a split-gabled elevation with a horizontal section of curtain walling. The building presents a wide fronted elevation, offering a consistence presence to the existing houses on the road, whilst stepping back at the rear to create a facetted relationship to the southerly garden, and offering more opportunities to create large windows to the rear aspect, filling the internal space with natural light. The building flank includes obscured secondary windows to habitable rooms that allow further light without impacting the privacy neighbours.
The apartments are arranged around a central stair core. Dual aspect homes have terracing, recessed external balconies or patio areas to the rear. Off street carparking is in the front court, while an easily accessible cycle store is contained within the lower ground floor. The building has been fitted out to a very high standard, with pale wood flooring throughout that reflects the exterior light, whilst the concrete structure of the building offers excellent fire safety, thermal mass, and acoustic insulation.
Client: Trinity Square Developments
Lead Architect: Burwell Architects
Structural Engineer: Structural Creative
Site Area: 0.17 hectares
Apartment Area: 747 sqm
Form of Contract: Design and Build