The British Homes Awards


Stadthaus is a highly innovative building for three reasons: its architecture, its build technology and its eco-credentials. Developer Telford Homes won universal praise from the judges for this clever combination. The architecture by Waugh Thistleton includes a facade in shades of grey inspired by the artist Gerhard Richter. The white, grey and black design made from more than 5000 individual panels originates from the shadows formed on the vacant site by surrounding buildings and trees, the shadows being pixelated to give the final effect. The north London development of 29 apartments provides open-market sale homes, as well as shared ownership and rental homes for Metropolitan Housing Trust. Apartments are sited over eight storeys with the ninth featuring a communal roof terrace and two private terraces. The block is constructed from renewable crosslaminated timber to form a cellular structure of solid
timber load bearing walls and timber floor slabs off a
reinforced concrete podium at first floor. The crosslaminated
timber system was designed and
manufactured in Austria and sourced from local, wellmanaged
spruce forests.
Prefabricated timber sections were transported from
Austria and craned into position, dramatically cutting
build time and minimising traffic and noise disruption.
The Austrian factory uses all parts of the timber, with
shavings and sawdust compacted for re-use locally
as biomass pellets.
The timber system has been used extensively on the
continent, but Stadthaus is believed to be the tallest
modern timber residential building in the world at 28
metres, built using only timber from ecologically,
economically and socially responsible forests. The
white, grey and black facade is made from Eternit
Natura board, which is made at a factory with
ISO14001, the standard for environmental
Because the building is made from sustainably
produced timber, the structure is effectively wholly
recyclable above podium level.
Homes also have high efficiency boilers and
underfloor heating. To complete the impressive ecopackage,
the block is topped by photovoltaic panels
that supply the power for communal lighting



Waugh Thistleton Architects
74 Paul Street
Tel: 020 7613 5727
Contact: Sameera Hanif


Telford Homes PLC
First Floor Stuart House
Britannia Road
Waltham Cross
Tel: 01992 809 800
Contact: Kirsty Walker