The demolition of the original extension and its replacement, called for an intervention that can be a part of the original main building without replicating classical vocabulary or gesture. Our intent was to keep a sense of everyday memory, while simultaneously allowing the new intervention to have its own identity. The original extension had no distinct historical or architectural value, and was structurally unsound, but it had a sloop roof profile typical of those found in terrace house back gardens. We chose to incorporate this banality in the new face of the rear garden – in a way persevering its charm to carry some sense of associated memory to those who know it or those who see it new.
One of the existing walls had been leaning at a displacement of about one brick thick towards an adjacent building. These significant old movements were registered as cracks on the leaning wall, and have now been revealed and retained within the corridor.
The structures of the new envelope have been exposed internally wherever practically possible, so that these surfaces will register the future stories of the house. The hand marks of bare plaster finish is left exposed in the bedrooms, are now recorded on the internal faces of the building’s fabric. The slow patination of bespoke copper and brass fittings shows the passage of time as they change from their original colour. By registering these notions of memories and stories, the clutters of daily life could fully inhabit the space.
Location: London Client: Private Floor area: 110 sqm
RIBA London 2016 award winner
RIBA London 2016 Small project of the year winner Don't Move Improve 2016, Overall winner and Most innovative award
BDA Brick Award 2015, Best refurbishment project
Our footbridge creates multifaceted visual reflections of the cityscape in this historic seaport; a confluence of river, sea and settlement. Our bridge is composed of two unequal swing sections to accommodate river traffic. All 4 truss beams have different length and curves, meet to complete the span as a wafer thin deck assembly. The reflective envelope of the bridge structure reassembles an abstract image of the old cityscape to become a new landmark feature of the Gdansk river walk.
Two houses completely refurbished with new build extensions. Two adjacent building owners decided to obtain Planning permission with a uniform design principle aiming to conserve unity among the three buildings by Portobello Road.
The site is situated in a traditional Notting Hill mews with a narrow 6m width street. The glass screen shutter and door of the newly built area controls privacy between the occupants on either side of the mews.
This proposal explores privacy in a learning environment at the age of digital information and communication. Our library aims to provide a variety of spaces where users are encouraged to find their favourite spots within the building. Charactering three activities- learn, communicate and interact we have applied these activities to our building program and laid them out according to a simple principle generated by two sets of keywords; PUBLIC and PRIVATE, ACTIVE and QUIET.
In simple terms, as levels in the building are ascended privacy available to users and descending the levels can engage activities and interact with others.
In a tight slice of urban plot in Covent Graden, the ground floor of a Listed Building had been vacant for a long time. The width of the shop, 2.5 m which widens at the end to 3.1m, with a length of 9.0m, didn’t stop the shop owner to start their first venture in Central London in the time of austerity.
The spine of the space is 8m long, resin based solid continuous counter turns from food displays to host customers in the form of a table top. The counter top contains an integrated ice sink and integrated flower pot with an orange tree at the transition step. White washed plywood fittings lift space within the plaster finished wall contracts the blackness of shelving notice board.
Location: London Client: Private Floor area: 25 sqm Date: 2012
A shop refurbishment for a well known boutique in Naples. The scope was to extend the shop an area where used to serve as storage.
Keeping a notional resemblance to the original space, we developed an idea for a new storage space which functions also as a display space. We created a full room length display wall which functions on one side as a display and the other as storage which is accessed through drawers.
To meet a tight construction schedule, most items were prefabricated in Germany, while the building shell and the mechanical and electrical services were prepared in Italy.
Location: Naples, Italy Client: Private Floor area 130 m2
A self contained flat conversion in a central London Georgian terrace house. The micro flat was created in the front room of the existing second floor.
The original three front windows were reunited by a new movable wall installation. The wall transforms the space from living/dining to study room. Keeping the multi-functional nature of the room, the three windows bring a quality to the flat. Natural light comes to the bathroom through a high level internal window in the kitchen.
Location: London Client: Private Floor area: 28sqm
This mixed use development is located in front of Spitalfields Market. Four storeys and an extended basement were created after demolition of an existing three storey terraced house. The new residential unit is comprised of five self-contained units (two studios and three one bedroom flats).
All five units have their own features: one has a garden, another with a terrace, a mezzanine and movable walls. The size of all flats are extremely compact yet functional. In close proximity to the City, all flats are catered for professionals who require convenient and efficient living spaces.
Location: London Client: DSM development Floor area: 406sqm Date: 2010
Our proposed metro station was designed to help the new urbanization of the area in a more human and environmental manner by careful consideration of public spaces, infrastructure, cultural and commercial activities.
Without people a public space can not be defined. This was our point of departure. One of our interventions was to bring the Metro station entrance and ticket hall to ground level so the activities of the underground station could have stronger relationships with the street and be more accessible to all users of the station. Our second intervention was to create visual communication between the street and the platform level of the station by opening a large void where the fixed escalators were situated.
Most importantly, these visibilities enhance safety and security for both the public and the station staff while creating more transparent and dynamic space.
Location: Sofia Competition Floor area: 7000sqm Year: 2010
The proposal contains 3 houses with 3 bedrooms each in a suburb of London. Taking advantage of the inclined plane of the site, the main entrance of all three houses are on a raised courtyard level, where all kitchens and dining spaces are located and function as a hub of three houses. The design challenge was to create enough amenity areas and provide sufficient light and privacy to all spaces.
Location: London Client: Private Floor area: 368m2
A design competition held in an area of Japan destroyed by the quake in March 11 2011 for an artist studio and gallery. The extreme weather of 10m snowfall every winter and the site that has been hit by earthquakes twice in the past 10 years, are addressed in the robust building form.
Our proposal equally visually correspond to this remote mountain rice filed landscape of Niigata. Exposure to an overwhelming natural environment makes us feel vulnerable sometime yet also creates a oneness with nature. Intimacy became a key word for our design process and we searched for feelings of safety and closeness to the surroundings, like the sensation of being in a small tent when camping in the wild.
Location: Niigata, Japan Competition Floor area:140 sqm Year: 2011
A proposal for old people's home in a dense urban environment of Osaka Japan.Taking advantage of the site context next to Yodo river, and it's orientation South East facing façade is provided with an atrium to create natural convection of air circulation, air drawn in from the high level window at the river bank.
The concrete structure is partially exposed to the both side- the atrium and the river in order to act as thermal mass during hot summer as well as cold winter night.This atrium also function as social hub connecting residents vertically. Intentionality linking amity landings of each floor shared with three immediate neighbouring residents by stairs recent finding that excising stair in fact gave positive health effect to elders health.
Equipped with a surgery open to public and community meeting space above is to avoid isolating this old peoples home from the local community
Location: Osaka, Japan
Floor area:446.9 sqm
JIA, Kinki competition Housing Award and Environmental Award