Friday, 3 January 2020

Light Touch....


….on a beautiful Norweigan landscape. A Norweigan practice Kappland Arkitekter have designed this timber retreat which hovers on the hillside supported by piles to minimise the impact on this wild terrain. This is a sensitive structure which succeeds in respecting rather than dominating its surroundings. 




Internally the building cleverly follows the fall of the hillside with the large expanses of glazing providing views over to the sea in one direction and up the hillside in the other.  


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

BEFORE & AFTER



Here are the before and after shots of a recent renovation project which is nearing completion. The existing 2 storey angled bay window was replaced by a square bay and by introducing 3 gables across the front the tired and dated property has been totally transformed with new windows and a rendered finish.    



Tuesday, 4 December 2018

House of the Year







This in my view is a well deserved winner of RIBA's House of the Year 2018. The property has been designed specifically around its site and setting in the Scottish Highlands. It is fantastic example of well considered architecture which hunkers down to protect itself against the harsh environment with sliding shutters and charred larch cladding. 

The dwelling has been broken down into 3 separate building forms to reduce its impact allowing it to sit lightly in the landscape with the natural materials enabling it to blend into its environment. This is a clever design which creates an expansive light filled home without the formation of vast cavern like spaces.  

The self sufficient building is human in scale both outside and in with masterfully linked internal spaces. This is how habitats should be designed and serves as an antidote to the 'little boxes' which appear in their thousands by the mass housing developers which have no sense of place. 




Friday, 28 April 2017

Light filled library


For such a substantial building this library on the outskirts of Toronto has a light touch on the landscape. The extensive glazing brings much needed light into the building whilst reflecting the landscape around it. Designed by Canadian architects RDHA it hunkers down into the hillside, a significant building but humble within its setting. 




Sunday, 3 April 2016

Soon to be aired on TV's 'Homes under the Hammer'.....


This is A for Architect's most recently completed project. The property was bought by the client at auction as a single storey dwelling with incomplete loft space and separate Garage/Workshop building, with the main selling feature being the adjacent paddock.



It has been transformed into a substantial two storey family home with large open plan Kitchen/Dining/Family space and stunning Master Bedroom suite with spectacular views out across open countryside. 

Light filters through strategically placed rooflights and the bifold doors open the living area out to the garden. 

Cement fibre cladding was used as an alternative to timber boarding giving a maintenance free exterior finish which is picked up again in the new detached garage which sits alongside the two dwellings. 

The Garage/Workshop was converted into a one-bedroom annex complete with Kitchen/Dining/Living Room, with the only addition being a walk-in bay window with bifold doors.  

This property will be featured on 'Homes under the Hammer' soon.  

Friday, 8 January 2016

Make Space

Some clever ideas in this loft, the sleeping area floats above the office with a glass floor letting light flood through and every spare inch used for storage space - a great example of clever design making space




Wednesday, 2 December 2015

RIBA House of the Year.....

....is the fantastic Flint House by Architects Skene Catling De La Pena for the Rothschild family. The judges rightly described it as a 'marvel of geological evolution and construction'.