Islington Home | Scenario Architecture

Islington Home located in England, UK .

It was designed by Scenario Architecture.


Description by Scenario Architecture:

   This lovely Georgian house has one main limitation – it’s very narrow floor plan, only 4.4 m wide.
Our challenge was to create a sense of width in the basement / garden level which houses the new kitchen, sitting area and dinning area.
This called for the utilisation of every little corner of the Lower ground floor. Space under the stairs was maximised and some furniture were built in against the walls. in the middle of the house a large glazed roof, contributes to a sense of width .and allow light to penetrate deep into the plan. The exterior design is of modest proportions and light materials, featuring a living green wall which creates a sense of continuity with the garden, and reduces the perception of built proportions of the extension itself.

Design Office    : Scenario Architecture

Location             : England, UK


White Lodge | Dyer Grimes Architects

The White Lodge is located in Tandridge, England, United Kingdom.

It was designed by Dyer Grimes Architects.

Description by Dyer Grimes Architects:

The site was originally home to a 1960s detached bungalow surrounded by tall trees and hedging with far reaching views to the Surrey Downs beyond. The area is populated by traditional pitched roof architecture typical of its green belt credentials.

The proposed designs were unprecedented in the immediate area and subject to Tanbridge Council’s strict planning requirements.

The site sloped sharply away to one side which would greatly limit the overall footprint of the building and the desired surrounding landscape.

Following a rigorous planning process, Dyer Grimes Architects achieved consent to infill and level the site and build a highly contemporary house of 480m2.

Modern building technologies were combined with the highest quality materials including hardwood cladding and white render with an abundance of glass throughout.

The glazed ground floor living space is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, while the first floor appears to ‘hover’ over the kitchen dining area as well as project over the swimming pool.

Great emphasis was placed on constructing White Lodge in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. An impressive sustainability target was set; to generate 20 percent of the energy required by using renewable energy sources.

Energy efficiency has been maximised through the incorporation of Solar hot water collectors on the roof, a highly sustainable drainage system and an air source heat pump which circulates heat around the entire house.

The result is a stunning modernist home which has won the admiration of the local community, the Council and the media alike.


 Project Awards:
  • 2013 Best Family Home – British Homes Awards by Sunday Times
  • 2013 Highly Commended – Best Residential Architectural Property Award – International Design & Architecture Awards
  • 2013 Highly Commended – Best Family Home Award – Evening Standard, New Homes Awards.
  • 2012 Highly Commended – Architecture Single Residence South East – International Property Awards.

Design Office    : Dyer Grimes Architects
Location             : Tandridge, England, United Kingdom
Area                    : 480.0 m2
Photographs     : Dyer Grimes Architects

Emerald Gardens – Nest Lounge | The Manser Practice Architects + Designers

Description by The Manser Practice Architects + Designers:

The Manser Practice has recently completed the interiors for two residential lounges at the new Tipi build to rent development in Wembley Park, North West London.

These lounges were designed to be free from the corporate formalities of concierges and reception desks, replacing them instead with informal workplaces, living room style lounges and the opportunity for play. The two lounges were designed separately as ‘working’ and ‘playing’ spaces, but both areas provide places for tenants to relax, socialise and entertain.

The ‘Nest’ lounge has a restrained palette to give a comfortable and cosy atmosphere ideally suited to individual use or smaller groups. A series of screens define spaces for work and relaxation, allowing residents to spend long periods of time working, studying or relaxing.

The ‘Deckhouse’ lounge is designed to be vibrant and conducive to larger gatherings. Reconfigurable modular seating can be used indoors and out, yet is designed to be feel domestic – creating an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Vintage arcade games, a pool table and board games inject a sense of fun, helping establish a strong sense of community within the development.

Both lounges are flexible, adaptable and appeal to a wide range of people, creating a memorable first impression for residents, and spaces that act as an extension of their apartment where they can enjoy spending time.

Design Office: The Manser Practice Architects + Designers

Location: London, England


Convergence house | Sistema Arquitectura

Description by Sistema Arquitectura:

Connect, talk, thrill, are three concepts that have as essence the Convergence House, whose design is based on the importance of emphasizing the link between context and site, under a dynamic in which, the inhabitants may have sensory and emotional
experiences at their day to day.

 The main intention is that the influence of the house over the site could be indiscernible, as all current constructions, should be aware of the urgent need to preserve the environment while continuing to respond the dwelling demands. For this reason, and also because of the search for a universal accessibility, the project is being developed on one single level, creating dynamic spaces by of asymmetric patios, although contained in a regular perimeter allowing reading space in a clear and simple manner.

 The beauty of architecture spaces is an abstract notion that has never been absolute and immutable. At the present time, the beauty of the architecture has tended to be confused with the spectacular and consumable buildings. In this sense, the beauty of the architecture has forgot the sensory and emotional aspects that the living space configuration, can actually modify in us.

 Thus, this project focuses on the concept of emotional architecture, which is expressed through a constant and direct contact with the natural environment that surrounds the project. Emotions are triggered in humans in each space of the project. It is accessed via a bridge that converges with the interior and exterior spaces of the house, concluding with a meditation area. With these design elements is achieved that people perceive the immensity of the environment and vibrate as they feel that they are part of a beautiful and infinite whole.

 Touring the house, can be seen artificial landscapes formed by water mirrors, patios and a large pool which enable that the sensory relationship between people and nature remains present at all times. Besides, each of the central and public rooms is oriented toward a specific court, a specific view, a specific sensation. Since each of the rooms, can be seen the frond of the forest trees surrounding the house. Thus, the contents spaces are
interlocutors between the inside and the outside.

 All rooms are equipped with internal courtyards, where its inhabitants can be outdoors, while remaining into their private spaces. The interior design of each room are designed according to their profiles and personal needs.

 As we believe that emotional architecture is very important for human beings to feel comfortable in a space at all levels (physical, mental, spiritual) the design of the Convergence House, intended to move positively it’s inhabitants, through frames and visual shots that call to contemplation and reflection, so that the dwellers can be sheltered, but also can be moved as they feel into an artificial world that does not forget that it is part of a large and natural outside world. It’s all part of a complex system that cannot be defined solely by the sum of its parts.

Design Office: Sistema Arquitectura

Location: London, England

Rendering: Sistema Arquitectura

PG Residence | deDraft

Description by deDraft:

This attractive red-brick detached property in Willesden Junction, North London featured a substantial amount of elegant period ornamentation that both the client and ourselves were keen to retain using it as a subtle backdrop for a more contemporary interior look. The project included the full refurbishment and extension to the family home and involved the complete revamp of the ground and first floor and the opening up and reconfiguration of the key living spaces to suit the young family responding to how they like to entertain, cook, dine and relax. Where requested we have combined these uses in the form of an open, but responsive layout. Existing doors were retained to allow for privacy and heat control when required, openings created to link the new side extension, daylight controlled with the careful siting of the rooflight directly above the dining flooding light deep in the the kitchen which is positioned centrally as the hub of this house.

Locating the kitchen in the middle of the plan gives those using the kitchen a double-aspect and the ability to interact with guests whilst entertaining – overlooking the large rear garden as well as the formal reception room to the front Unifying these spaces are wide, solid whitened Douglas Fir floor boards running from front to back accentuating the depth of the space and adding to its light and airy feel. A separate utility space running parallel to the kitchen is concealed from the entrance hallway allowing washing, coats and storage to be out of view when required.

Structural modifications were also made to the first floor to enable the creation of a master suite to the front of the property. An integrated dressing room fully lined in walnut and a spacious master ensuite are flooded with early afternoon sun complementing the light palette of Corian, concrete tiles and the existing pine boards painted light grey contrasting subtly with the range of white and grey wall tones.

Other finishes and surfaces include terrazzo, black timber bi-fold doors, concrete floor tiles, a 6m long glazed rooflight, bespoke joinery finished in matt, gloss and timber veneer and an interesting array of feature pendant lighting.


Design Office: deDraft

Location: London, United Kingdom

Photographs: Whitaker Studio

Rogers’ House | Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners


Design Office: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Location: London, England


Dovecote Studio | Haworth Tompkins

Description by Haworth Tompkins:

The creative campus at Snape Maltings was founded by Benjamin Britten in derelict industrial buildings on the Suffolk coast. The Dovecote is part of Haworth Tompkin’s phased extension of the campus for Aldeburgh Music and inhabits the ruins of a dovecote overlooking the marshes. The new form expresses the internal volume of the Victorian structure as a Cor-ten steel ‘lining’, a welded monocoque that was prefabricated and craned into position.

A large north light roof window provides even light for artists, while a small mezzanine platform with a writing desk incorporates a fully opening glazed corner window that gives long views over the marshes towards the sea. The single volume will be used by artists in residence, by musicians as rehearsal or performance space, by staff for meetings or as a temporary exhibition space.

Only the minimum necessary brickwork repairs were carried out to stabilise the existing ruin prior to the new structure being inserted. Decaying existing windows were left alone and vegetation growing over the dovecote was protected to allow it to continue a natural process of ageing and decay. The interior walls and ceiling of the space are lined with spruce plywood to create a timber ‘box’ within the Cor-ten shell.

Design Office: Haworth Tompkins

Location: Snape, England

Photographs: Philip Vile

Leman Street Penthouse | TG Studio

Description by TG Studio:

New-build penthouse apartment by Berkeley Homes built on top of historic Edwardian building on the doorstep of London’s thriving financial district. Thomas Griem, director of TG-Studio, was commissioned by Berkley Homes to design the complete interior for a new-build penthouse in Aldgate, on the doorstep of London’s thriving financial district. “Our aim was to create a warm, comfortable home whilst still being luxurious, contemporary and organic” says Griem. “As the penthouse is a new-build on top of a refurbished Edwardian building, the approach to the interior was of particular significance to me. I knew it had to be treated differently in order not to undermine the character of the older parts of the building.” Thomas’s idea for the interior design was based on the concept of photography inspired by the views over the city. He has used the architecture of the windows to frame these vistas with breathtaking effect. This is particularly so in the sitting room where a 12 meter wide window, leads onto an elegantly furnished balcony providing a panoramic view over rooftops. Says Griem “Many pieces I chose are bespoke British made but there are additional items I’ve sourced from Italy and Spain. I am particularly excited about the bathtub in the master ensuite. It’s a large, white freestanding tub that sits in front of a magnificent window so that when you sit in it, you’re essentially a part of the cityscape. It weighs 300 kilograms and it took six men to carry it up seven floors!Another unique feature is the use of wood flooring in the living room – I’ve extended it to run up onto the wall opposite the sliding door to the balcony, which opens the space and adds texture, spontaneity and colour.

Design Office: TG Studio

Location: London, United Kingdom

Photographs: Philip Vile

Saint Martins Lofts | Darling Associates

Description by Darling Associates:

Darling Associates have designed thirteen original loft style apartments in the former Saint Martins School of Art in Charing Cross Road, London. The premium apartments occupy four floors above the new Foyles bookstore designed by Liftschutz Davidson Sandilands.
The project was technically challenging; the services for the apartments had to be threaded through the store, the existing fabric was comprehensively refurbished and extended vertically and there were significant rights of light issues.

The design of the apartments respects the rich architectural and artisan history of the building, while providing characteristic loft-style living. Each generously proportioned apartment is intentionally minimalist and paired down to highlight the building’s essential character, and to create a sense of calm at the heart of London’s vibrant Soho district.
The living and dining spaces in the five East-facing duplex apartments are double height volumes that exploit the light provided by the original high studio windows. The large terraces of the three lateral apartments and the two penthouses have been designed to provide unique roof level views westwards across central London.

All lofts have been designed with the highest quality industrial style interiors using materials in their raw form to showcase their natural beauty. Fine-crafted custom-made elements from concrete and stone basins to blackened steel single-piece balustrades and joinery make this scheme a unique residential destination. Feature bookshelves and libraries have been designed into every apartment to reference the Foyles bookshop below.

The open plan living arrangement is complemented by the full-height custom-made doors which blend into the walls to visually de-clutter the interiors and enhance the overall impression of space. The stark white gallery-like units are effectively a blank canvas on which the new owners are encouraged to display their personal art collection and, perhaps, revive the ambiance of the old classrooms.

In the entrance to the building and on the apartment floors, Darling Associates have chosen to reference the building’s past as the home of Central Saint Martin’s College. The lobby hosts an art installation displaying the names of notable alumni. This concept is carried throughout the upper corridors with photographs of past students at work and their artworks displayed on the walls.

The Foyle family have acquired 4 out of the 13 total units with a view to merge these into a single and unprecedented duplex apartment. Darling Associates have been commissioned to deliver this scheme which is due for completion in April 2015.

Design Office: Darling Associates

Location: London, United Kingdom

Rendering: Darling Associates

Minimalist Apartment in London | Chiara Ferrari Studio

Design Office: Chiara Ferrari Studio

Location: London, UK

Photographs: John Ross

Soho Apartment | Fine Edge Designs

Design Office: Fine Edge Designs

Location: London, United Kingdom

Photographs: James Balston 

Chevron House | Andy Martin Architects

Description by Andy Martin Architects:

Responding sensitively the existing Edwardian architecture, Chevron House is a 5 bedroom family house in the creative suburb of West London.

Inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels.

The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of colour and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and vice versa.

The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south.

The clients brief to use colour extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in colour (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly coloured giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective.

Office Design: Andy Martin Architects

Location: London, England

Photographs: Andy Martin Architects

Whitmore Rd Project | Trevor Horne Architects

Description by Trevor Horne Architects:

This recently completed project, a five storey brick clad building marking the corner of Orsman Road and Whitmore Road, is a mixed-use scheme, housing studios for artists and architects on the ground and first floors, with three floors of spacious residential apartments sitting above.

It is a simple framed structure reflecting the neighbouring warehouse buildings.
A concrete Cobiax system allows for large spanning floor slabs with few internal columns, giving great flexibility for layouts.

There are six generous apartments, each with 3m high ceilings and ample living areas. Some materials expressed in the spaces are exposed concrete soffits, waxed oak flooring and basalt stone.

The building has a tripartite composition of base, middle and top. Its volume is sculpted to respond to its urban location, marking the corner at its highest points, with balconies cut into the mass, lining through with neighbouring cornices and stepping down to form a private courtyard to its two storey neighbour.

Design Office: Trevor Horne Architects

Location: London, England

Cornerstone Cafe | Paul Crofts studio

Description by Paul Crofts studio:

The café is Set within an old warehouse at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich east London. The industrial building was formerly part of a munitions factory producing weaponary for the royal navy and armed forces. The building has been stripped back to a shell retaining its original material character and emphasizing its industrial heritage. The scheme leaves the original features intact and the design is an insertion of new elements to contrast with the existing fabric of the building. The original concrete render is left exposed and the banquettes create the delineation between old and new with a continiuos line running into the window reveals and concluding with a waiter station at the door. The seats are upholstered in a military green further emphazing the link to the buildings history. Reference to the buidlings heritage is again reflected in use of the chevron pattern which draws its inspiration from the insignia on military uniforms. Bespoke tables in solid oak have have the chevron pattern screen printed directly on the surface in a mixture of grey and whites with metal powder coated legs giving a visual reference to an industrial workbench. Industrial unfinished hot rolled steel lines the kitchen walls and is also used to create the wall mounted menus. Display boxes have a routed chevron detail into the surface of European Oak. A modern interpretation of an industrial fitting are the Nonla lights designed by Paul Crofts. The service counter and display wall is are deliberately new insertions in contrast to the rough existing interior surfaces. The materials are cnc routed hi Macs with inset timber chevrons. The pattern fades from solid wood on one side and breaks away to become white Hi Macs with a routed chevron pattern. The display shelves are then edged with a brass trim.

Design Office: Paul Crofts studio

Location: London, United Kingdom

Photographs: Paul Crofts studio

Clerkenwell Loft | Inside Out Architecture

Description by Inside Out Architecture:

In early 2012, following the success of the New Concordia Wharf refurbishment, Inside Out was recommended to redesign the interior layout of a unique apartment space in Clerkenwell, Central London.

The building, Warner House, has a provocative industrial aesthetic, with exposed concrete beams and columns throughout its interior. We found these original structural elements to be far more interesting and emotive than the more recent additions and partitions, and our design focussed on enhancing their prominence.

We began by stripping the old apartment back to its basic shell and exposing the dramatic geometry of the concrete beams. We then “inserted” a number of spaces including a TV room, 2 bedrooms, separate family and guest bathrooms, a utility room and an adaptable guest bedroom. By stopping the new partitions short of the undersides of the beams, we expressed these inserts as something added to the space, secondary to the primary structure.

In the large open plan living space we added a bespoke island kitchen to provide a focal point of activity. A suspended aluminium profile provides functional downlighting while simultaneously uplighting the concrete soffit to create a comfortable warm atmosphere, giving the clients the flexibility they require.

Above all, the design provides a tranquil family home amidst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Design Office: Inside Out Architecture

Location: Clerkenwell, London, England

Photographs: Chris Parker