The Rye

A development of 10 handcrafted apartments.

Working as client, architect and main contractor, our ambition for the project was to create a set of richly detailed apartments on an important corner site.
We began the project by extensively testing the building form against pragmatic issues of access to daylight, privacy and relationship to context.
The formal testing resulted in 2 blocks, unified through their roof-lines and material qualities. A concrete plinth at ground level enhances the ‘sibling’ relationship between the buildings and strengthens the idea of a shared community of homes.
A facade of clay shingles embed the buildings into their red brick Victorian context. The shingles wrap the buildings in a way that is monolithic and sculptural.
      10,000 handmade clay shingles were produced at the Petersen Tegl factory in Denmark for the project.
          An exposed cross-laminate timber structure is used to create natural and welcoming spaces whilst optimising construction time and minimising carbon emissions.

          Project Completion Autumn 2019

            Technical Description

            Status: Ongoing
            Type: 10 apartments set over 2 buildings
            Gross internal area: 860 sqm
            Construction Cost: Confidential
            Client, Architect & Main Contractor: Tikari Works
            Specialist CLT subcontractor: Eurban
            Structural Engineer: Webb Yates
            Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Syntegra
            In progress photography: Simon Ellis
            Petersen Tegl manufacturing images: Anders Sune Berg