We have teamed up with Arcus PCD, JLL and Liam Russell Architects to design the interiors within this exciting redevelopment of a 1960's office block.!>
No26 now offers 183 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments supported by relaxed, urban and creative communal areas; including lounges, co-working spaces and a courtyard events space.
The scheme forms part of part of an extensive renaissance of the East Croydon area and included the addition of six new storeys and brick facade treatments together with a total internal refurbishment.!>
The Vawdrey House has designed the interiors for Native who are letting and managing No26 as one of their flagship London living spaces.
The Vawdrey House was involved in the interiors from early on in the build process, influencing the layouts and injecting personality and design flair to launch the building ahead of the local competition.!>
The apartments have all been individually considered to offer a cool, contemporary, but above all homely feel.!>
We designed everything from kitchens, bathrooms and floor finishes to decoration, lighting and furniture.
This is not a bland speculative development.!>
Native were looking for somewhere people could 'kick their shoes off and call home' from the main entrance of the building onwards.
The living spaces are light and bright and comprise a dining area for four or six (depending on the apartment size), and a comfortable, relaxed lounge space. The different areas are delineated by timber flooring and rugs and feature homely touches, such as cushions and plants.!>
The lifestyle element is further enhanced by carefully selected details, for instance artwork shelves and pendant lights, which ensure the spaces transition from ‘rentals’ to homes.
The striking kitchens have been carefully designed and bespoke made to a high spec.!>
Corian worktops are set against a mix of black, oak and white finishes, all with plywood edge effects to the sleek handleless doors.
In the bedrooms the bedside wall lights vary by room, further adding to the individual style.!>
Illuminated built-in wardrobes, lift-up ottoman storage beds and quirky bedside lockers offer practical storage with style.!>
Black out blinds and sumptuous kingsize beds offer a good night's sleep, with stunning views over London to wake up to.
There are multiple colour schemes for the apartments. Further 'mix and match' variations within the furniture means there is very little repetition through the building.
Designing 183 identical apartments would of course have been easier, which is why the majority of developments produce ‘identi-kit’ interiors.!>
Perhaps this works when apartments are being sold, but in the furnished rental market this would not create 183 individual homes for tenants, who at No26, can cross the hallway without discovering their neighbour’s home is indistinguishable from their own.!>
And while the apartments differ in layout, type, colour scheme and furniture combinations, what all apartments have in common and what draws the scheme together is the contemporary, warm and homely environment.
We’ve enjoyed working with designers, The Vawdrey House, and architects, Liam Russell Architects, to create apartments and communal areas that are flexible for both co-working and relaxation. The Vawdrey House has been crucial in helping us to design a building that encourages residents to socialise, but also allows them the freedom to feel at home.
Photography by James Bedford