AVCIARCHITECTS provided a full modernization and interior re-design for this private villa, set in the natural beauty of an outer-London estate. The finished residence is comprised of a large multi-level living room and gallery, a conservatory and a library, a swimming pool, six bedrooms, and an annex guest wing.
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Selcuk Avci and Sanja Jurca Avci established Avci Architects in London in 1989. In its first year, the practice won the top prize in the European Union biannual Energy Efficient Buildings Competition, a culmination of years of experience in sustainability, which set the tone for the direction of the practice. Although the practice specializes in many sectors in terms of programme, sustainability has become an underlying driving ethos, from the scale of regional masterplanning down to the design of a single product.
Avci Architects has designed projects in the UK as well as in Italy, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and more recently in Turkey. Currently active projects include commercial and institutional offices, retail centres, private residential developments, and educational and cultural buildings including exhibitions and museums.
Avci Architects has studios in London, Istanbul and Ljubljana.
2 Eastbourne Terrace
London, United Kingdom
Having bought the site in 2012, we won planning permission, raised finance and built the house – by hand as the main contractor – over the following four years. We set their own brief – to explore the ideal texture and atmosphere of domestic architecture. This experimental objective was achieved while simultaneously satisfying the constraints of speculative residential development.
Set within the Victoria Park Conservation area, the irregular site was constrained by neighbours’ rights to light, and proximity to Listed Houses. Scrupulous computer analysis allowed the house’s asymmetric form to be tuned to capture key moments of sunlight while forming apparently regular interior spaces.
Our pursuit of craftsmanship and tactility is reflected in the House’s rich palette and varied processes of fabrication. The exterior combines roman brickwork with inky pigmented zinc roofing and bleached larch carpentry. Internally, the structural steel- and timber-work is exposed, and is married to a restrained palette of reclaimed and re-purposed industrial materials.
At ground floor, a multi-level ’broken plan’ combines the raised sitting room, lofty kitchen and intense basement snug and larder. Each room maintains a discreet atmosphere programme, despite forming a highly connected living terrain. A ground source heat pump is the main source of energy for the house.
Increasingly lightweight materials are deployed in the upper, sleeping levels, which are unified by a rhodesian mahogany floor reclaimed from Hove Bus Station. The attic is conceived as a north-lit studio, while calm bedroom suites are arranged on the first floor. To the rear an expansive suite combines spaces for sleeping, bathing, dressing and contemplation. A panelled wall slides on cast iron to one side to define or amalgamate the bedroom and bathroom spaces. Expansive, bright circulations are designed to display art and family objects, or for occupants to enjoy moments of pause.
Liddicoat & Goldhill
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David Liddicoat & Sophie Goldhill
David Liddicoat MA (CANTAB) MA (RCA) RIAI
David combines material experimentation with knowledge of construction where he is continuously refining the design of simple and elegant assembly details.
David studied under Tom Holbrook, Peter Carl and Dalibor Vasely at Churchill College, Cambridge. He began working in international design studio Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin before returning to London to work in small, design-led practices.
David has been a regular contributor to BD Magazine, the AJ, Architecture Today & AR.. He has lectured at the good homes alliance and The New City, Wallpaper* lecture series. David is a keen cyclist and recently completed Cycle to Cannes.
Sophie Goldhill BSC HONS (UCL) MA (RCA) RIBA CR
Shortlisted for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award, Sophie combines Conservation specialism (she is an RIBA Conservation Registrant) with experience of on-site delivery of construction projects.
Her architectural imagination was sparked through painting at the Slade school of fine art. Sophie studied at The Bartlett followed by RCA. Her thesis project was shortlisted for the RIBA Silver Medal, won the Thames & Hudson school Prize and the Will Alsop award for Urbanism.
She has gained a breadth of experience at a variety of award-winning architect and urban design studios ranging for the multi national EDAW, international Foster & Partners down to establishing the small & bespoke Carl Turner Architects.
Sophie is an external part 3 examiner and is part of the London School of Architecture (LSA) practice network.
Soho Works, Unit 4.07, The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JJ
+44 020 7923 2737
1c Union Row
Margate, CT9 1PP
The project provides a new two-storey rear extension to this Victorian terraced house in South London. The existing narrow kitchen extension on ground floor was remove and replaced with a new light filled kitchen and dining area. The ground floor is expanded sideways filling the entire width of the plot with reconfiguration of the existing internal layout to incorporate a washroom and generous arrival hall. Volumetrically, the ground and first floor extension is articulated into two distinct volumes constructed from a light coloured pigmented concrete block, which provide a subtle distinction from the main house. The windows in this new volume are made from oak, which has also been used in the interiors.
Al-Jawad Pike Architects
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Al-Jawad Pike Architects
Al-Jawad Pike is an award-winning London-based architectural studio founded in 2014 by Jessam Al-Jawad and Dean Pike. Prior to setting up the studio, Dean and Jessam spent 10 years each working at David Chipperfield Architects, gaining extensive experience on a wide range of high-profile projects.
The studio has a strong design focus, and is recognised for the quality of its built work.
We were approached by a couple to transform a tired and dated Victorian property into a contemporary family home for their young family. Works involved an extensive refurbishment and reconfiguration of the existing house with a new contemporary and bespoke rear extension.
Inspired by the dual nationality of the couple (British and Australian) the property is designed to have two distinct characters. The existing areas of the house which contain reception, living room and a bedroom retain original Victorian spatial proportions whilst details such as skirting boards and cornicing are reinstated.
The new side and rear wrap around extension was conceived as contemporary reading of an Australian veranda structure. It is designed to act as a threshold space between the existing darker areas of the house, garden and sky to create an uplifting open plan kitchen and dining space.
“I don’t want to create something that is just beautiful. For me, it should also work really well. Design has to add value. It should be simple and logical, it has to survive and give longevity – only then is it logical and clever.”
Thomas Griem is the founder and director of TG-Studio, his 20 years’ experience spans from residential, retail and office schemes in international locations from Hong Kong to New York. Thomas studied in Berlin and London, where he won the Hubert Sands Memorial Award, and graduated with a BA and a diploma in Architecture. In 1998 Thomas worked with Phillippe Starck for the global residential developer YOO and went on to co-found the successful interior design practice Target Living. After taking it to the prominent position of industry design leader, Thomas Griem decided to move on in 2011 by starting the creative venture that is TG-Studio.
10 Rathbone Place
T 020 7636 3838
F 020 7636 5659
Union Wharf is a mid terrace canal side property built within the footprint of a converted factory building. The aspiration of the project was to transform a dated, underperforming and compromised couple’s dwelling into a contemporary, energy efficient and spatially generous family home. Works consisted of a full refurbishment and remodel of the two storey property including the replacement and extension of an existing roof top conservatory; transforming it from an unusable store room into a habitable space that can be used all year round. The approach throughout the project was to use moderately priced materials, adding value through thoughtful, crafted details and care during execution.
The footprint of the existing conservatory was increased to create a flexible space that can either be used as a guest suite, lounge and/ or study. Located along Regents Canal, the new roof top structure is inspired by canal boats incorporating an enveloping oak and ash interior.
Timber and steel flitched components create structural legibility adding rhythm and texture whilst enhancing the perception of volume. The layered south elevation maximises light, views and enhances connectivity with the terrace and sky.
Inspired by the former industrial use of the building, the material palette of the ground floor incorporates raw and uncovered finishes such as the original concrete soffit. In contrast to this, elements such as the kitchen, fixtures and fittings are precisely detailed, warm in colour and texture to create a unique material palette with a contemporary yet homely atmosphere.
Bespoke rotating window shutters fabricated from fluted glass provide privacy from users of the canal tow path whilst maximising natural light and views.
The primary living space at ground floor was reconfigured to resolve the disconnection of the kitchen, lounge and dining spaces. A sliding glass partition allows a new playroom to be concealed or connected when appropriate to the main living space.
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Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects
Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects is an RIBA chartered architecture and design practice based in Soho, London, UK.
Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Newcastle, University of Westminster and the Bartlett, University College London. His thesis project was awarded several awards, notably the RIBA Silver Medal in 2009 and 2011 Archiprix International Award for worlds best graduation project. He was also the recipient of the BD Class of 2009 and Make architects Sustainability Award.His work has been published and exhibited internationally including at the The Royal Academy, London, The Barbican Centre, London, Guggenheim Museum, New York and The Bin Matar House, Bahrain.
Prior to founding NSA, Nicholas gained experience at a number of high profile practices, notably at Heatherwick Studio and Michaelis Boyd Architects where he executed projects varying in scale across residential, cultural, commercial and art sectors.
Nicholas has run design workshops at the Bartlett, UCL and is currently an undergraduate architecture and design tutor at the University of Greenwich, London.
Ying graduated in architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where she received her AA Diploma and was awarded First Class Honours for her undergraduate studies. She was the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Presidents Bronze Medal, the oldest RIBA award for World’s Best Graduation Project.
Prior to joining Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, Ying worked for notable London practices including Heatherwick Studio and ACME where she worked on a range of award-winning commercial projects specialising in retail and hospitality. Most recently, she co-led the Interior design of the award-winning Victoria Gate Arcades in Leeds which won Building of the Year RIBA Yorkshire and RIBA National Award 2017.
Her experience in practice enabled her to develop a particularly strong eye for bespoke finishes and materiality of buildings and spaces. She is equally passionate with the convergence of nature, fashion and architecture.
Zac Higson obtained his first class honours in BA (Hons) Architecture at the University of Greenwich, London. During his time at Greenwich, his projects have touched on a wide range of subject matter including the recycling of biological waste into a usable material, to exploring narratives surrounding currency, counterfeiting and conspiracy. His third year project, Electric Soho, aimed to rejuvenate the lost lighting qualities that were present in Soho in the 1960’s and 70’s. The architectural language was driven by a series of components invented to achieve particular effects and atmospheres, taking inspiration from relevant typologies such as electrical substations to re-energise the streets of Soho.
Zac Higson’s interests lie within the communication of design via different forms of representation, whether that be through drawing, making or designing with a deep consideration of social and cultural context.
Zac Higson gained design experience working for a series of small architecture and graphic design practices based in Manchester, his home city. He has also been exposed to clinical design within the dental industry, working closely with companies such as Castellini, Tavom and RPA Dental.
Winner – AJ Retrofit Awards Best Extension over £500,000
Shortlisted – NLA Awards Don’t Move Improve 2016
This project is a radical remodelling of a house in a Conservation area for a young family. The design adds a new basement and a rear extension, which provides expanded living and kitchen space, sky lit sun-filled bathrooms, a home cinema, playroom and guest bedroom. We sought to create an innovative design – rethinking the basement typology in a contemporary way.
The ambitions for the project were high in terms of achieving open plan, visually connected spaces to allow for a greater sense of communication between the different rooms. The key strategy was also the connection to nature through views and natural light.
The conceptual approach was to create a calm atmospheric interior using carved out spaces that allow the pared down use of materials to have a monolithic feel.
The new basement area is lit by large skylights cut into the floors above. All levels are opened out to allow the existing rooms of the Victorian house to give way to an open plan interior on the ground floor and tall loft like spaces upstairs. The kitchen and living rooms open out to a south-west facing patio, creating a strong connection of house and garden.
The new extension to the rear links into the old brickwork through a curved wall suspended above the ground above a completely glazed set of folding doors. The bathrooms are top lit by generous skylights linking bathing spaces to the sky above. The existing ceilings were removed upstairs creating tall vertical spaces with curved ceilings.
Neil Dusheiko Architects
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Neil Dusheiko Architects
Neil Dusheiko studied architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg graduating in 1994 with distinction. Following his studies he worked for various practices in Sydney, Australia until moving to London in 1998.
He worked for Walters and Cohen contributing to various cultural, educational and residential projects. In 2001 he was recruited by Allies and Morrison and working as a project architect, he was involved in a range of complex infrastructure projects including the King’s Cross Underground Station redevelopment as well as contributing to several mixed use masterplan projects. He continued this work as a project architect at Maccreanor Lavington prior to setting up his own practice in Shoreditch in 2010.
Finalist – RIBA House of the Year 2015
Winner – RIBA National Award 2015
Winner – RIBA Award, South East Region
Winner – Structural Timber Awards, 2015
Highly Commended – Wood Awards, 2015 Shortlisted – ISE Structural Awards 2015
Finalist – Architect of the Year Awards – Best One-off House 2014
Overlooking sweeping views to the South Downs this house is composed of a series of layers, which echo the horizontality of the meadows and hills. It is entered from a formal garden to the north.
The brief was for a contemporary house that would sit and weather well in the landscape and respond materially to the tree lined site and rural setting. There are 4 bedrooms, one at ground level, and a study which overlooks a double height reception space. The first floor construction is entirely of cross laminated timber. The roof is made from tilted triangular planes, forming a folded, undulating surface inspired by the form of distant hills .
The ancillary building in the arrival courtyard houses a bio-mass boiler which provides the heating and hot water. The house is built to high environmental performance standards.
Julian is the co director of Wilkinson King Architects which was formed in 1997 with Chantal Wilkinson. Their design based practice works seeks to build imaginative, contemporary and environmentally sensitive buildings across a broad range of project types from private housing to small public buildings and has worked for clients such as English Heritage and the National Trust.
This conversion project creates a home from a dilapidated and landlocked warehouse, transforming it into a light-filled house that not only improves the area but brings life back to the neglected space.
Rights of way, freeholder and leaseholder consents, local residents and a 90m service trench across third party land, all added to the logistical complexities of renovating a historical building with major structural problems on a difficult site. Reduced access required a kit of parts to be designed that would be fabricated off site.
The design focused on creating an open-plan, two-bedroom house with an industrial aesthetic in keeping with its original purpose. This meant the building needed to be completely renovated.
The concept was to create a series of complex structural interventions to open up the space and add light and height to create a practical, modern space. Bespoke extended leg steel trusses and cable rod supports were designed to support the new slate roof and a high-level perimeter ring beam with concrete corner bonders holds the original brick envelope together, whilst allowing large new window openings to be formed.
The resulting property is a hidden gem behind the bustling high street. By retaining the original envelope, volume, and footprint of the warehouse, this project illustrates the possibilities and benefits of recycling old buildings and adaptive re-use in a cost-effective and innovative way.
Contractor: Restructure JC Ltd Executive Architect: Tully Filmer (with Restructure JC Ltd) Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers Services Engineer: Skelly & Couch / RJA Consultancy + Management Quantity Surveyor: Stockdale / Jon Sales QS Lighting Design: Speirs and Major Planning Consultants: First Plan Party Wall Surveyor: Millbridge Landscaping: Earth Moves Design Audio Visual: Marquee Home Photography: Jack Hobhouse, Hufton+Crow, Edmund Sumner
Stanton Williams were commissioned to create a new family home in North London within the Highgate Conservation area, replacing a late 1950s house.
The design strategy takes advantage of the sloping site by creating new additional spaces within the lower garden level.
The house is surrounded by natural landscape. Its upper level cantilevers out and floats amongst the tree canopies, with views to Hampstead Heath and beyond. The position of the new house is set back sensitively from Fitzroy Park with a minimal stone and metal bridge, allowing mature trees to be retained and enhancing its peaceful setting.
The bridge leads into the heart of the house, which opens up to views over a day-lit double-height volume down to the lower garden level. Large sliding glass doors dissolve the boundary between inside and outside with external stone paving extending into the landscaped garden which gently curves around the house. Material references for the house reflect its natural setting. Cedar fencing and oiled Iroko balconies contrast with the Accoya timber envelope.
Painted in dark grey, the timber brings additional texture and colour to the limestone on the exterior façade. The crisp and sharp protective exterior layers give way to softer warm interior spaces, with an extensive oak ceiling and floors laid out in limestone or dark oak.
The house is designed to be naturally ventilated and well insulated. Details such as skylights placed strategically at various points in the house to bring in further daylight ensure that the family can engage with nature at every possible opportunity throughout the seasons. New sedum roofs also help to blend the house into the surrounding natural setting.
Embedded in a unique, rural-like setting, Fitzroy Park House manages to be at once protective and open.
Stanton Williams Architects
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Stanton Williams Architects
Stanton Williams was founded by Alan Stanton and Paul Williams in 1985 following extensive individual careers in teaching and practice in the UK, Europe and the US. They have been working with fellow directors Gavin Henderson and Patrick Richard for over 20 years in a studio, which now has an established team of over 90 people with four directors, two associate directors and nine associates.
36 Graham Street
London N1 8GJ
The clients of the Modern Side Extension found themselves in a position common to countless thousands of other people in the UK, which makes the house we designed for them of generic value to others. Living in a three-bedroom terraced house, they wanted to expand and remodel for open-plan living on a limited budget. They especially wanted to avoid the cold and clinical aesthetic of many contemporary homes.
Conservation area-friendly brick, glass and bi-fold doors unite in a complex three-dimensional composition. Respectful to neighbours, the Modern Side Extension shows that the smallest architectural projects can be transformational.
Inside, the materials – polished concrete floors, brick, European oak and white sprayed MDF joinery – are warm and unostentatious. Bi‐fold doors and frameless rooflight glazing dissolves the distinction between inside and out and allow light deep into the property.
The Modern Side Extension is a homely and uncompromisingly modern answer to the question of how to extend a terraced home.
SOLID & VOID
Coffey Architects have avoided both the typical glass side infill solution and the intrusive projecting rear extension by reversing the infill condition. Built from contextually apt London Stock brick, this essentially involves a structural solution that allows the existing volume of the house to slip past a brick pier; a continuation of the party wall. The composition is a subtle game of solid and void, breaking down the threshold between new and old, inside and outside.
STRONG, WARM MATERIALS THAT AGE BEAUTIFULLY
The self‐finished internal materials including polished concrete floors, brick, European oak and white sprayed MDF joinery add a sense of context and warmth; a key criteria of the client who wished to avoid the cold and clinical aesthetic of many contemporary residential projects.
DISSOLVING THE BOUNDARIES
Slim aluminium bi‐fold doors and frameless rooflight glazing ensure the distinction between inside and outside is dissolved; in effect making the exterior another room of the house and allowing light to permeate deep within the property. No columns, no dodgy glazed infills, no ostentatious materials. The Modern Side Extension is an uncompromisingly modern solution to the expansion of a terraced home.
Founded in 2005, Coffey Architects has built a strong reputation for designing beautifully crafted, intelligent buildings that ingeniously add value for our clients.
Whatever the scale and no matter what kind of client, our unique talent is to choreograph the demands of strategic objective, budgets, deadlines and delivery for great results.
A growing team of twenty-five talented and dedicated architects, we share a culture of excellence. Our projects have been recognised with a clutch of awards won against stiff competition.