As part of a major ongoing £5.25 billion regeneration program taking place in the south London borough of Croydon, architecture firm CZWG is planning the construction of a 228-metre-high, 68-storey mixed-use skyscraper featuring an intriguing aesthetic based upon the works of French artist Henri Matisse.

The tower, named One Lansdowne Road, was granted planning permission back in September but has only recently been signed off by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, allowing construction to begin in early 2018. One of the development’s major selling points will be its location, situated at the corner of Lansdowne Road and Wellesley Road, between the East and West Croydon train stations.

The building itself will actually consist of two towers which will rise from a shared 45-metre-high podium containing an entrance hall as well as a variety of shops, restaurants, and leisure facilities. The towers, the Westernmost of which stretches 140-metres-high while the Eastern tower reaches 228 metres, will be home to 794 apartments and 35,000m2 of office space. The building’s extraordinary height makes it one of the UK’s tallest buildings, which is reportedly intended to relate to the height of a new £1.4 billion Westfield shopping centre, which received planning approval last week.

“The proposed development is sited within the Central Croydon site, where tall buildings are being encouraged to lessen the visual impact,” said CZWG.

“The proposed building is a spectacularly tall landmark denoting the centre of Croydon from a distance and its important location in the townscape closer to.”

The architects intend to further capitalise on this height with the installation of a public viewing gallery - set 213 metres up - as well as an elevated restaurant and bar which will offer exceptional views over Croydon.

Among the more notable features of the building is undoubtedly its exterior aesthetic, which incorporates bronze ‘waves’ which work their way up from the ground to the very top of each tower, creating a beautiful, Matisse-inspired relief pattern in the process.

“The original inspiration came from Matisse cut outs and abstract relief sculptures,” said the architects, “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.”

Sam Bonson

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