Croydon's Getting a Skyscraper All of its Own

By Gary Cutlack on at

This weird tower here will soon be poking up into the clouds of Croydon, with the design of the One Lansdowne Road site now signed off by the mayor and the planners.

The architects says the 228m tower is inspired by Matisse, as, for some reason, they think what South London really needs is a twin tower with swirly bronze reliefs cut up the side of it. The architects explained the reasoning for this in a manner typical of architects, saying: "The original inspiration came from Matisse cut outs and abstract relief sculptures. The relief elements project above the parapets of the rectilinear form of the towers to create a dramatic silhouette, invoking the heyday of the celebratory skyscraper."

The 68-storey building is part of a £5.25 billion redevelopment scheme for the area, with it and its smaller 41-storey West Tower expected to create 794 "luxury apartments," of which 66 will be studio flats, with five per cent of the stock to be sold on shared ownership schemes so they can be referred to as ha-ha-haffordable. And yes, there's to be a viewing gallery up top. [Dezeen]

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