The Strata SE1 is a new residential building that is located at Elephant and Castle in the London Borough of Southwark in London. Aside from its official name, this unique building is also known by many others. It has taken a local nickname as Isengard. It is also sometimes called as “The Razor” as well as “The Castle House”. The Strata SE1 is considered as one of the tallest residential buildings in London, able to accommodate over 1,000 residents.
Strata SE1 Building Profile
The Strata SE1was constructed sometime in 2007 and was completed in 2010. the building was designed by architectural firm BFLS with Brookfield Construction as its main contractor. The building stands 148 meters or 486 feet high. The building is located in one of London’s Energy Action Areas, making energy sustainability essential to its design.
Strata SE1 Building Features
The Strata SE1 comprises of 43 floors with a floor area encompassing a total of 28,400 square meters or 306,000 square feet of living space. The living space in the building is composed of 408 total flats, grouped into different unit designs. The tower has a total of 4 elevators used by its occupants. While most of the spaces are designed for residential use, the ground floor is comprised of two commercial units. The tower also has a one-level basement that is used as a secure car park as well as bicycle storage space for the residents.
Energy Sustainable Building
The Strata SE1 features a unique design for energy sustainability. The building contains 3 large wind turbines fixed on its roof. It is considered one of the world’s first buildings to ever incorporate wind turbines as part of its structure. These wind turbines can produce enough energy at 50MWh each year. It can provide sufficient energy to provide power for the common areas of the building.
Also featured on the site is a combined heat and power system that provides the building with sustainable power generation. The building is also designed to collect rainwater for possible reuse. This energy sustainable building is visioned to have energy costs per flat at 40 percent less than that of UK’s current housing average.