Cross Laminated Timber-licous - Rye Apartments Have the Rye-ight Stuff

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When I first came across these apartments, I didn't know if I liked them. There's something brutalist about the front facade, but it gives way - especially in other elevations - thanks to the sloping roof.


The dark, slightly secretive, exterior is replaced on the inside with bright living areas clad with pale wood. You would almost think you were in a cabin in the woods, not sitting in an apartment block opposite Peckham Rye Park in London. Perhaps that's the genius of this project.


The block of 10 apartments is called Rye Apartments. It's not the most exciting of names, but it'll do. It was designed by Tikari Works, a London based studio that has some cool projects on their website (go on, take a look at Pocket House). They seem to have an affinity for sustainability (doesn't everyone at this point, cuz hey, it's in our best interests) and wood.

The Rye Apartments is a development of 10 sustainable apartments on a highly visible corner site opposite Peckham Rye Park in London. A mix of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units are set in two blocks that form the termination of an urban block. Through careful analysis of privacy, daylight, and neighbouring building forms the studio developed an architectural language which would complement the surrounding context and history.

The building itself incorporates a number of eco-based approaches to construction. They've included some passive (natural ventilation) and active (solar panels) strategies to reduce energy consumption. On top of that they've also gone and thrown in a dose of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for good measure. Apparently the CLT sequesters 227 tons of CO2. Good shit.

From the outset, sustainable thinking was integrated into the design so that it could be reflected in the quality of the living environment. Emphasis was placed on designing an efficient building with a minimal amount of material, embodied energy, and cost. At the core of this effort for efficiency is the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) frame that sequesters 227 tons of carbon and is exposed on all walls and ceilings.

Each unit makes use of a shared kitchen-dining-living room (KDL) and a separate space for the bathroom and bedrooms. The larger 3-bedroom units are split over two floors (duplex). Each unit also comes with its own outdoor space. Nice.

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