A skin of red brick shingles wraps two residential blocks in London

The Rye Apartments in London by Tikari Works provide a new housing solution: two blocks integrated into the urban context host 10 specular and sustainable housing units.

Tikari Works has completed The Rye Apartments in London, transforming a post-war building and four garages into a series of accommodations. With a total of 10 apartments, the project is characterized by two residential blocks facing the street, on the corner site opposite Peckham Rye Park, and separated from each other by an inner courtyard.

An external view of the complex designed by Tikari Works, The Rye Apartments, London, UK, 2020. Photo Jack Hobhouse

The multidisciplinary studio – composed of architects, developers and main contractors – proposes a new housing scheme that aims to generate a sense of belonging and community in the residents: the two buildings are integrated into the urban context of Victorian terraces and social housing of the 1980s, recalling their materiality through a red brick shingle cladding. The specular apartments, two per floor, include up to three bedrooms.

The Rye Apartments
Lower plan of The Rye Apartments. © Tikari Works

Contrasting with the colour of the facades, a grey concrete plinth runs along the entire site lifting the structures and resolving the different heights of the ground. From this arrangement, the studio created spaces for bicycles and walls to separate the apartments from the street. The volume of the buildings is broken by windows, which are cranked along the roof, and by the voids generating space for balconies and terraces.

The Rye Apartments
Interior view of a unit at The Rye Apartments. Photo Jack Hobhouse

The buildings have been constructed with attention to sustainability and energy efficiency: the interiors are entirely covered with Cross Laminated Timber and a dry construction system has been used so that the materials can be reused in the future. Photovoltaic panels and solar control glazing have also been installed. 

The Rye Apartments
London, UK
Residential buildings
Architects, developers and main contractors :
Tikari Works
Project team:
Ty Tikari, Nicola Tikari, Nick O'Reilly, Ewelina Krol
Structural engineer:
Webb Yates
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer:
Acoustic Engineer:
Approved Building Inspector and CDM Coordinator:
Planning Consultant:
Barton Willmore
Specialist Craftsmen:
VT Construct
CLT Subcontractor:
CLT Manufacturer:
Stora Enso
Shingle Manufacturer:
Petersen Tegl
880 sqm

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