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Kensington & Chelsea basement policy update

London boroughs have been revising their basement extension policies with reports being produced last year by Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. The new Basements Publication Planning Policy at RBKC states that ‘basement development in recent years has been the subject of concern from residents’. The requirement to…

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14 Dec 2014 Posted by AFL in News no comments

Stratford Athletes’ Village

This housing project in Stratford, East London was designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects. The building has the dual purpose of being a temporary statement for the short duration of the olympics, and whilst also a being a permanent structure that would become inhabited as part of…

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25 May 2014 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Social Housing in Sa Pobla, Mallorca

This social housing development in Mallorca was designed by RipollTizon architects. The project provides 19 apartments and maisonettes on a tight urban site. The architects were keen to draw on the features of the surrounding buildings, yet reinvent this traditional context in a contemporary design. Materials are restrained,…

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25 Mar 2014 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Contemporary house by Powell Tuck Architects

This house features exposed London stock brickwork and polished concrete floors for a slight industrial feel, yet this is softened with large rugs and colourful artwork that produce a calming, comfortable environment. Structure and materiality is expressed in the ceiling with exposed timber beams. The spaces…

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06 Jan 2014 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

House extension CMYK

This house extension by MCKNHM Architects features facades of coloured dots printed with a magnified colour print. A close view reveals only an obscure colour pattern, yet when viewed from a distance the original image (of deer in a forest) begins to appear. The extension…

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03 Dec 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Concrete hotel by Pedra Liquida Architects

This renovation in Porto transforms a 19th century town house into a luxury contemporary hotel. The variety of concrete finishes internally is achieved by different shuttering approaches: at times with smooth panels, and accentuated with a parquet pattern to the stair. The solidity and mass…

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24 Oct 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Seaside House Extension

This seaside house, built in the 1930’s was dilapidated and had suffered from the effects of the harsh Netherland’s coastal weather, prior to Maxwan architects’ refurbishment. Original features have been restored and celebrated, whilst contemporary additions have transformed the feel of the house. A glass…

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12 Sep 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Penthouse flat interior design

This fantastic penthouse flat in New York by David Hotson Architects was converted from a late nineteenth century tower. It features a polished stainless steel slide and climbing wall that emphasise the dramatic vertical spaces. Bright colours are reflected and fragmented by the feature slide,…

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10 Sep 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

House Extension Ideas

To begin your search for house extension ideas, the Royal Institute of British Architects has an excellent bookshop in London to consider visiting – it has many books devoted to extensions and refurbishments by architects. This may be a great starting point to find ideas for your…

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16 Aug 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

House Refurbishment Architects

Architecture for London are specialist house refurbishment architects. A successful house renovation is one that adapts internal spaces to your personal tastes whilst responding to the needs of modern life in a creative way. A successful refurbishment can often make your home work as desired without…

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16 Jul 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Side return extension

A side return extension to a Victorian terraced home in London will typically create a kitchen around five metres wide. This allows sufficient width for a run of kitchen units, an island and a dining table next to each other. This will create an open plan…

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16 Jun 2013 Posted by AFL in News no comments

House in Japan

This house in Tokyo, designed by Yasuhiro Yamashita is an elegant expression of modern urban house design. The architect has created formally inventive spaces with bespoke furniture that becomes part of the home rather than a distinct entity. The polished floor of the living space…

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25 May 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Basement extension

An architect designed basement extension is a great way to add new habitable rooms to a home when space is at a premium, as in many areas of London. It is vital that any basement design should carefully consider approaches to maximising natural light in the…

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16 May 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Loft Conversions

The pitched roofs of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes in London often conceal a significant volume of space suitable for loft conversions to habitable rooms. Converting your existing loft space may require modest external alterations, and can therefore often be carried out under permitted development rather than…

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16 Apr 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Planning Use Classes

The Use Classes Order places uses of land and buildings into various categories called ‘Use Classes’. The following list indicates types of use which may fall within each use class. A1 Shops – Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, pet shops, sandwich…

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16 Mar 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Listed Building Consent

A ‘listed building’ is a building or structure that is of national importance due to its architectural or historic interest. It is included on a special register: the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. When a building is listed, it is listed…

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16 Feb 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Conservation Areas

This designation is typically applied to urban areas or village centres where the surrounding architectural heritage is of high quality. New development in a conservation area has to preserve or enhance the special character of the area. Conservation Area Consent is administered by the local authority,…

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16 Jan 2013 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

House in Boukyo

This new house in the north of Japan is built on a hill top site over looking the city of Sapporo. The core-ten clad facades of the home have rapidly taken on rust patterning from precipitation, suggesting solidarity and a long previous existence. The passing…

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08 Dec 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Juvet Landscape Hotel by Jensen & Skodvin

A beautiful composition of a restrained, delicate insertion of modern architecture into a site of outstanding natural beauty. The full height frameless windows enable sweeping panoramic views, and intimacy with the surrounding environment; whilst the small columns create a sense of a delicate contact to…

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01 Dec 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Timber house extension in Belgium

This extension to a rural house in Belgium extends over an existing garden lake. The designers, Wim Goes Architectuur have created a space that provides shelter and a sense of enclosure, yet retains a strong relationship with the garden. Its structural timber strip facade allows…

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20 Nov 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Where do we work?

Our architects work in all boroughs of London and are aware of the issues and requirements of dealing with each local authority. We also work in the counties surrounding London and further afield in the South East, including Hertfordshire, Essex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire,…

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16 Nov 2012 Posted by AFL in Residential Projects no comments

Hackney House

We have just come back from the ‘Designed in Hackney Day’, organised by Dezeen to showcase a selection of the best architects and designers in the borough. The event took place in Hackney House, a new architect designed temporary structure in Shoreditch, East London. The…

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05 Aug 2012 Posted by AFL in News no comments

Casa no Geres by CORREIA/RAGAZZI

This house is a reconstruction of a rural ruin into a new weekend retreat, within the Cavado River and its tributary. The small plot is located in a protected natural area, so the new building could not exceed the dimensions of the existing ruin and…

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05 Jul 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

The London Festival of Architecture is upon us…

The theme of this years London Festival of Architecture is ‘The Playful City’ in response to the forthcoming olympic games. There are hundreds of events and talks across the capital, but our ‘not to be missed’ recommendations include: 1. A brutalist cycle tour that will…

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23 Jun 2012 Posted by AFL in News no comments

Timber House in Austria

This timber house features an internal courtyard that is screened from the view of neighbouring properties, as the external gardens are separated by only a low hedge. The courtyard contains an internal garden, with a tree growing through the open roof.

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27 Oct 2011 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Steel Lady House by Chae-Pereira

The interior spaces of this house in Seoul are created by excavated volumes; the kitchen, dining and living rooms are interlocking, forming a sequence of views and body positions. The interior of the house is far from monolithic. Indeed, much of it is interlaced and…

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12 Feb 2011 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments