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Piers Taylor wins planning for Croydon Passivhaus


Piers Taylor’s practice Invisible Studio has won planning for a new Passivhaus home in Croydon after an 18 month-long planning battle

Proposals for the plot in Heathhurst Road were withdrawn and amended twice before Croydon Council approved the two-bedroom house at the final third attempt last week (23 April).

The 140m² scheme, which sits on an infill site in a residential street, features a large open-plan kitchen/living space with a sitting room and office on the floor above.

The three-storey house will be constructed from cross-laminated timber with a brick skin and will have a ‘sculptural’ folded metal roof.

The architect’s view

‘As a practice, we don’t take on many houses now- wanting to focus on larger publicly funded projects where the consequences of architecture can be widely felt. Occasionally, we will take on a private house if there is a wider challenge to be had. Here, on an infill site on a residential street that has previously had a number of rejections there are a number of design challenges – how to bridge two disparate houses that have little in common and no shared urban ambitions, for example.

‘In addition, there is a stated desire by the client to create a passively efficient building that conforms to Passivhaus standards. The site is far more interesting than a conventional infill – it sits up against a pedestrian route that runs alongside it and joins two residential streets.’

Piers Taylor Passivhaus

Project data

Location Croydon, Surrey
Type of project House
Client Private
Architect Invisible Studio
Gross internal floor area 140m2
Total cost private
Specific environmental target Passivhaus


Readers' comments (3)

  • An ingenious design for an 'interesting' site - but why, oh why, such a dark brick skin - 'dark' seems to have become the signature feature of so much contemporary work.

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  • Robert - AS black appears to have caused some concern any ideas as to a different colour


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  • Looks like a very interesting infill. Nice design.

    I am interested about the high level of west facing glazing. How was this offset in the PHPP calculation to avoid the overheating issues as there appears to be no shading to prevent it.

    James Galpin

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