Metropolitan Workshop’s tower of small modular properties in London is covered in a “chameleon-style” facade of glazed terracotta that modifications colour in the distinct light situations.

The London-primarily based architecture studio developed Mapleton Crescent in Wandsworth, a 27-storey tower on a tiny plot of land, for specialist tiny dwelling developer Pocket Living.

Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop
Photo is by Richard Southall

A constrained triangular internet site of just 476-square-metres and the requirement to use 1 of Pocket Living’s pre-developed housing module plans, meant the architecture studio required to get inventive with how the tower looked.

“Most persons have got pre-conceived concepts about what modular constructed buildings can appear like,” Tom Mitchell, Metropolitan Workshop associate director, told Dezeen.

Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop

“What we consider is actually exceptional about this project – very apart from the reality it really is a actually wonderful creating with the turquoise glazed terracotta and uncommon geometries – is the reality that it actually challenges what a steel-framed modular structure can be.”

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The prefabricated modules have been produced offsite then craned into position about the steel frame.

As an alternative of classic brick, Metropolitan Workshop chose a facade could be each sensible – the terracotta tiles are self cleaning – and reflected the all-natural surrounds of the River Wandle.

Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop

Loraine Rutt, a ceramicist and artist with connections to the region of Wandsworth, produced the teal-coloured tiles with ridges and pleats. The green-blue is supposed to echo the colour of the river and the plants that develop in it.

“A single outstanding aspect of this material is its ever-altering look. You go to the internet site in distinct climate situations and the creating appears absolutely distinct,” Mitchel stated.

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“It is got a chameleon-style excellent.”

Photo is by Edmund Sumner

Viewed from the south, with sunlight hitting the facade, the tower seems to be the colour of patinanted copper, but from the north it appears extra teal-coloured.

Two wings of modular apartments, every single a six.two metre by six.two metre square, kind two sides of the tower, with the steel frame stair and lift core on the third side, which has an uncommon sawtooth-profiled facade.

Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop

“We believed it would be a good concept if we took the geometries of the two Pocket wings and folded them along that third side, rather than take it across flat, to generate some thing actually exceptional and distinctive,” stated Mitchell.

3 forms of facade panel have been developed to give texture and depth to the 3-sided tower.

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Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Workshop

Pocket Living develops tiny properties for persons who reside locally to their web pages about London. Its 1-bedroom properties, such as the ones in Mapleton Crescent, are 38 square metres.

As they have a bigger footprint than the UK’s minimum normal they are not classed as micro-properties.

Mapleton Crescent by Metropolitan Architects
Photo by Edmund Sumner

Of the 89 properties in Mapleton Crescent, sixty per cent of the properties are deemed cost-effective and are readily available for nearby purchasers. Pocket Living owners can only sell on their properties at the similar 20 per cent discount that was applied when they purchased it.

The developers have also converted a disused workplace block in Wandsworth into 45 tiny properties. Metropolitan Workshop are 1 of the architecture studios functioning on the redevelopment of Robin Hood gardens.

Photography is by Simon Kennedy, except exactly where stated.


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