Torispardon is a new build private house in the Central Highlands, nestled on a hillside with panoramic views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the Spey Valley.
It is formed of three elements; the Cottage which accommodates guests and can be ‘shut off’ when not required, the timber Link which houses the main entrance, utility and kitchen, and the Steading which has the master suite and living areas. Frameless glass elements are employed to visually separate the three buildings, whilst allowing them to physically interact.
The project is sensitive to its origins and context, the traditional vernacular of the Cottage and Steading echo the footprint, materiality and massing of the original buildings which were on the site, whilst the contemporary timber clad Link is agricultural in form and deliberately subservient to the adjacent buildings. The Steading is sunk partially in the ground, cutting into the land behind as it rises so that it appears to sit in the landscape that surrounds it.
Credits: Liz Marinko (Architect) AW Laing Ltd, Grantown on Spey (Contractor) Allen, Gordon LLP (Engineer) David Barbour (Photography)
Picture Frame House
Picture Frame House is a ground floor extension and full internal refurbishment of a terraced house in the Albert Gardens Conservation Area of Stepney Green, East London.
The house had not been updated since the 1970’s and required modernisation. A side infill extension allowed for the internal rearrangement of the ground floor which created a larger flexible kitchen area.
The resulting spaces have been further enhanced through collaboration with a local picture framer who fabricated bespoke American black walnut and oak ‘picture frames’, which are used to frame different window-sized openings.
Rather than the typical fully open-plan ground floors seen in many contemporary properties, it was decided to add these elements to allow for the individual areas of kitchen, lounge and dining to be defined without merging into one another, and to allow for unexpected interactions to naturally occur.
Credits: TrendHomes Ltd (Contractor) Harrison Shortt Structural Engineers Ltd (Engineers) Brider & Bull (Picture Framers) David Barbour (Photography)
West Pallant is the conversion of an office to a residential property in a Georgian Grade II listed house in Chichester. Internal reconfiguration and decoration, bespoke joinery solutions including a panelled hidden ensuite bathroom, new master bathrooms and kitchen.
Béton Brit is a ground floor extension and internal refurbishment of a locally listed terraced house in the Albert Gardens Conservation Area of Stepney Green, East London. Planning consent was received in October 2017, and the project is currently on site.
Working in close collaboration with the client, a photographer, establishing the materiality of this project has been key. In a nod to to mid century British architects taking Auguste Perret's Béton Brut and re-coining it ‘Brutalism’, the client wanted to develop an architectural language for the exterior and interior that references the aesthetics of a bygone era, and moreover, develop a language that is recognisably British. The name Béton Brit is a direct reference to this approach.
This has been achieved primarily by a careful consideration of materials. Externally, pre-cast visual grade concrete panels with an exposed aggregate has warm tones that compliment the London stock brickwork it sits adjacent to. The rough texture of this finish is offset by dark machined aluminium matt slimline sliding doors. Internally, the concrete floor has been processed to expose the aggregate in the material to align with the exterior.
The texturally rich interior has been carefully developed in close collaboration with the Client, an example of which is sourcing reclaimed Burmese teak from a Victorian hospital in Plaistow that has been utilised for the kitchen worktops, bath surround and bespoke furniture.
Murrayfield is the creation of a new contemporary sandstone and glass extension to a Grade B listed Victorian villa in the Coltbridge and Wester Coates Conservation Area of Edinburgh. Planning Consent was obtained in February 2018 and the project is due to start on site in autumn 2018.
The existing property consists of a series of grand rooms with significant decorative features, arranged in a formal manner reflective of the time in which it was built.
The proposal is a deliberate contrast to this and aims to create a flexible and light-filled space suited to modern living. This is achieved through a primarily glazed rectangular volume that is open plan and with minimal structure, with large sliding glazed wall panels that allow the space to open up and fully interact with the garden it sits in.
Stepney Community Gardens
Archer + Braun worked in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council to redevelop a derelict site into a community garden in Stepney Green. The proposal includes allotments, a covered picnic area, rainwater collection, sand pit and book share. The gardens were completed in Spring 2018.
Archbishop's Park Extension
A playful take on an ‘orangery’ in the guise of a grotto.
Working in collaboration with clients who have an architectural and design background, the extension to this Grade II listed property in Westminster is experimental in its ambition to create a functionless space.
The unusual brief is that the extension should not be tailored to a specific purpose, rather it should be a flexible, light filled and contrasting series of rooms.
The existing garden is unkempt, overgrown and charming, and will be kept as such. The extension is designed to fit into this landscape and is clad in moss covered reclaimed ballachulish slate.
The interior spaces take inspiration from Georgian decorative elements and motifs and include a high skirting that is multifunctional; a seat, a shelf, and a window sill. The ‘orangery’ is fabricated from off-the-shelf painted structural grade timber to create a high vaulted natural light and plant filled space. Movable timber columns allow for the space to be reactive to its current requirement by employing a simple head and track system.
We were approached by Shuffle Festival (http://www.shufflefestival.com) and Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to work in collaboration to develop the design for a new extension to the existing lodge building in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
The extension will support the refurbishment of the derelict lodge and provide a multi-functional community space that will be used for film screenings, events and workshops, as well as the annual Shuffle Festival.
Set within the existing brick walls of the lodge yard, the extension designed as a contemporary intervention, visually distinct from the existing building. A tall curved steel structure is clad in a light-weight skin of glazed terracotta tiles and infilled with glass blocks, bringing light and a new lease of life to this corner of the park.
We received Planning Consent in June 2018. The project is currently in the detail design phase.