Ruskin Square, Croydon
Posted: 12 Apr, 2023
better than natural stone from the UK used in landscapes that show
off their qualities in the best way possible. A brilliant
example is this communal stone sculpture at one of London's most
Connecting the town centre and the
train station at Ruskin Square in Croydon, this creative space
commissioned by muf architecture/art 'reverses the supply chains' and
focuses on the raw materials of building developments and their
The team wanted to create a communal
space to be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and they envisioned
a rockery area that would look like a natural rock face when viewed
from the surrounding high-rise flats and buildings.
Stone Group supplied large blocks of Caithness stone, selected
straight from the quarry in Scotland by the architects. A
dramatic, moving effect was created by taking advantage of the
material's flat surfaces; The blocks rise out of the trees and
planting, into a craggy peak. Red granite gravel was
resin bonded to form porous paving and used around the
trees. Naturally rounded, this gravel works well used in
this way as it provides voids when bonded together.
Granite paving quarried and worked in North East Scotland has a
variable buff-pink colour that gives the project a lively, flowing
look. Depending on the finish chosen, the colour can vary
from greys to browns, yellows to buffs and pinks. Cornish
Silver Grey Granite paving and kerbs contrast with the deep grey of
the Caithness, giving brightness and light to the overall scheme
whilst keeping to a similar palette.
The main route from
the town centre and train station uses the same paving materials with
CEDEC Silver Footpath gravel used in the tree pits.