26 November 2020

New Case Study: The Rye Apartments

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Facing Peckham Rye Park in South London is a new development of ten apartments which demonstrates how the use of timber can create homes which are sustainable, efficient to build and with interior spaces of exceptional quality. The apartments have a structure of cross-laminated timber (CLT) which is exposed on the internal walls of the apartments, creating warm and tactile interiors filled with light from generous windows.


The practice Tikari Works acted as architect and – unusually – as both client and main contractor for the project. Practice partners Ty and Nicola Tikari had previously acted as client, developer and main contractor for their own home, the award-winning Pocket House, subject of a TRADA Case Study in July 2020.


The practice acquired the prominent corner site, containing a dilapidated two-storey building and four garages, with the intention to create, as the architect explains: 'exciting, sustainable homes full of detail, craft and delight. The project was driven by two key considerations – how to design spaces which resisted standardised or default positions within housing design and how to create an efficient building with the minimum amount of material, embodied carbon and cost. To this end, the choice of timber as a primary material within the project was key to achieving these objectives.’


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