Cor-Ten House, London – Projects
- Private Residential
- Eldridge Smerin Architects
The rust-like appearance of the weathered Cor-Ten steel cladding is a striking feature of the cutting-edge design of this private dwelling in West London. The house is in two distinct parts. At the front is the main four-storey building, clad in Cor-Ten steel sheets interspersed with large glazed areas. At the rear is a separate single-storey living space complete with glazed elevations and a green roof. The two areas are joined at ground floor level by a transparent corridor complete with a glazed roof, walls and floor sections.
The structural design provides an economical method of construction by using the Cor-Ten panels with a steel backing frame as the primary structure for the building. Sheets of Cor-Ten were prefabricated into wall panels and a structural steel frame welded to the rear. This allowed the panels to be simply bolted into place on site and then welded together to form a weatherproof envelope. to minimise heat loss, the connections between the panel and the internal floor structures were carefully detailed to prevent the junction creating a thermal bridge.
The project required over 100 details, particularly focussing on interfaces between the structural glass and corten panels.
Coordination with the fabricator was carried out using digital models.