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: Stuart Archer & Liz Marinko (Architects) AW Laing Ltd, Grantown on Spey (Contractor) Allen, Gordon LLP (Engineer) David Barbour (Photography)
Scope of service: Appointed from RIBA Stage 1-6 Concept to Completion (including kitchen, bathroom and joinery design)
View of the steading at dusk
Steading, link and cottage in distance
Double height sitting, mezzanine and corner window
Offering a number of views & seating options within a single space
The link with frameless glass walls & roof
Frameless effect enhances connection with the outside
Granite reveal in wall looking through the link to the cottage beyond
The texture of the stone is tactile and draws attention to the history of the buildings
Bathroom with a view
Flush tiling, honed slate cills and deep window reveals
Larch clad front door with view upon entering
The horizontal larch cladding of the building continues over the door to create a seamless aesthetic
View into link - bespoke kitchen with stone wall of steading running through space
A crisp, minimalistic modern kitchen versus the rough granite walls
Frameless glazing visually separate buildings
Floor to ceiling glass and roof between the steading, link and cottage
Contemporary link at night
By carefully choosing materials and products that are minimalist, a clean and contemporary look is achieved
Gable end stone steading with corner window
The windows to the steading have deliberately thicker frames which compliment the nature of the building
View of Torispardon at dusk
With panoramic views of the Cairngorm mountain range in the distance
Béton brut is a rough finished architectural surface made of concrete. 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.
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 the French Auguste Perret’s Béton Brut and adopting it as their own to create Brutalism, the client wanted to develop an architectural language that is recognisably British.
This has been achieved primarily by a careful consideration of locally sourced and reused materials, which is a sustainable approach to renovation. This includes the worktops that were hand fabricated from old growth Burmese teak flooring sourced from Plaistow Hospital, a local victorian building.
Externally, pre-cast visual grade concrete panels with an exposed aggregate have warm tones that compliment the London stock brickwork it sits adjacent to. The rough texture of this finish is offset by dark metal slimline sliding doors. Internally, the concrete floor has been processed to expose the aggregate in the material to align with the exterior.
By omitting the usual suspects you’d expect to see on an extension - coping, downpipes, cills, lights, reveals, frames - and paring the design back to its elemental forms, a more timeless aesthetic is achieved.
Credits: Stuart Archer + Sarah Braun (Architects) TrendHomes Ltd (Contractor) Harrison Shortt Structural Engineers Ltd (Engineers) David Barbour (Photography) Lassco Ropewalk (Reclaimed materials)
Scope of service: Appointed from RIBA Stage 0 to 6 - Concept to Completion (including kitchen, bathroom and joinery design)
Béton Brit at dusk
Rear elevation formed with 3No pre-cast concrete elements
View of kitchen from bench
Reclaimed teak worktop, shelving sourced from Eton college and a yellow Tadelakt splashback
Detail of grit-blasted exposed aggregate finish to concrete panels
The colour of the aggregate (small stones/pebbles) was chosen to match the London stock brick adjacent
Reclaimed teak used for bench and kitchen worktops
Ex. Plaistow Hospital, c. 1901 A.D. 'Old-growth' Burmese teak strip.
Bath niche with Tadelakt finish (tactile waterproof plaster) and reclaimed teak shelf
Teak's natural oils make it ideal for exposed locations, as well as impervious to water damage
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: Stuart Archer + Sarah Braun (Architects) TrendHomes Ltd (Contractor) Harrison Shortt Structural Engineers Ltd (Engineers) Brider & Bull (Picture Framers) David Barbour (Photography)
Scope of service: Appointed from RIBA Stage 1-6 Concept to Completion (including kitchen, bathroom and joinery design)
American black walnut 'picture frame' view from dining into kitchen
Bespoke veneer frame made in collaboration with Brider & Bull a local picture framers
Lounge and dining. 'Broken plan living'
Original internal walls kept and remodelled to create living spaces that are flexible and suitable to modern life
Detail of ‘picture frame’. View from lounge to entrance hall
Visual interest created by hanging mirrors and artwork on the darker wall beyond
Detail of ‘picture frame’. View from entrance hall to lounge
Bespoke joinery, string shelving and a minimalist fireplace with exposed brickwork.
Original London stock brick wall within new side-infill extension
The original London stock brickwork can be seen through the roof light continuing into the kitchen
Dark grey brick extension with colour matched window
By colour matching the brickwork, window and mortar a more contemporary aesthetic is achieved
Refurbished bathroom with feature marble wall
Vein matched Carrara marble with mitred detail to the low wall
Bespoke joinery handle detail
The kitchen cupboards were hand finished with Paint & Paper Library Slate II paint with Superfront leather pull handles
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.
Scope of service: Appointed from RIBA Stage 4/5 Detailed design (including kitchen, bathroom and joinery design)
Hidden master bathroom in bespoke panelled joinery
Bespoke kitchen adjacent to inner courtyard
Murrayfield is the full internal refurbishment and large contemporary extension of 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 started on site in October.
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 proposed addition is a deliberate contrast to this and aims to create a flexible and light-filled space more in line with modern living. This is achieved through a primarily glazed rectangular volume that is open plan with minimal structural intervention. The large sliding glazed wall panels allow the space to open up to the garden beyond. The stone walls are made from Corsehill, a warm red and fine grained sandstone that has been used in some of Edinburghs most recognisable buildings such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Different textures of this stone are used for different elevations. The concept behind this was inspired by Regency architecture, whereby a prospective developer paid for stucco only to the primary elevations of their properties, leaving unseen secondary elevations ‘unfinished’ in brick.
In modernising this listed Victorian property, its future is guarded for generations to come.
Visualisation of the proposed extension
East facing view from rear of garden
The Scottish national portrait gallery by Robert Rowand Anderson
Red sandstone buildings in Edinburgh
Physical model of existing building with addition, in lime and walnut.
Research into 3 types of local sandstone and how they weather
Locharbriggs, Cove Red & Corsehill
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.
Concept axonometric drawing of garden
Original plan bettered by introducing varied spaces and materials - shelter, kids play and picnic area
Springtime at the gardens
View to the sheltered picnic area
People have taken ownership of their planter beds, adding a trellis to suit their ‘growing’ needs.
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.
Visualisation of 'orangery' in proposed extension
Utilising ‘off the shelf’ structural grade timbers to form the vaulted space
Columns can be moved to delineate the space as required
Reclaimed slate and accoya windows
The weathered reclaimed slate was chosen so that the new extension appears to have been there for some time
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 is 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.
Cemetery lodge extension featuring glazed terracotta tiles to a curved roof