This one bedroom flat in a converted London tea warehouse had been a city bolt hole for twenty years; having served its purpose as a home from home and in need of some modernisation.
The plan was opened up, freeing the previously internal kitchen by linking it to the living space. Removing its the partition wall with the living room let light in and enabled the host to cook and entertain simultaneously.
New Walnut floors bounce light around whilst the reshaped bathroom found space for a walk-in shower. The client uses the apartment to entertain and to stop-over in London when he is too busy to travel out of the city to his home; therefore we focussed our attention on the kitchen and the bedroom.
A bespoke bed was built with a headboard set at the angle that best suited his troubled back, making reading in bed a possibility again. The new kitchen allowed him to make the most of new cooking lessons whilst a bespoke desk tied together the walnut floor and birch ply finishes of the fitted furniture.
Split Level Flat, London
A renovated two bedroom flat near Finsbury Park, North London.
Although small by national space standards, the split level gives the impression of more space and offers the possibility of separation and seclusion. A relatively light touch was given to the main living spaces, cleaning up the walls with lots of white which made the most of the natural light through the west facing bay. New kitchen and bathrooms were achieved in tight spaces on a tight budget with some bespoke joinery and steel work while using as many natural materials as possible.
The furniture, books, plants and objects gave the colour, while unusual pieces of second hand furniture were sourced to fit the small rooms.
Strasburgo Menswear Boutique, Ropongi, Tokyo
With Heah & Co. Interior design and fit out for a mens clothes shop in Tokyo Midtown. This included fitted and loose furniture as well as a floating stone floor, fabric walls. We collaborated with George Sexton for lighting design.
Private Flat, Haringey, London
A collaborative project with Michael Dillon. Concept design and planning drawings for an extension to a family home in a north London Victorian terrace.
Conversations with the client quickly lead to a brief that wanted simple, inexpensive proprietary materials and fittings in order to allow the best use of a modest budget and a relatively confined site. A simple, single storey rear extension comprised of concrete block and exposed timber beams created a new family garden room which encloses a new entrance courtyard.
Two new birch trees placed at the centre and rear doors reference an established tree adjacent to the existing entrance. Roof lights above deep timber rafters allow light deep into the plan while allowing wall space to be used for valuable storage.
Private House, Wood Green, London
Redeveloping a 100 year old railway workers terrace house in a garden estate in North London. We created a connecting series of rooms that step down towards a small, lush garden.
Two ground floor receptions were connected by removing an internal structural wall. A sash window became tall double doors which let morning light deep into the plan. The ground floor cloak room was removed and the space given to the kitchen which allowed us to make a seat next to new double doors. This made a place to sit and view the garden. (The seat doubled as a store for gardening equipment).
When viewed from the lounge, the garden is visible through both sets of doors while the new timber and concrete kitchen tucks away from view behind the remaining rear wall and the staircase. The floor pattern in the kitchen matches the slab pattern for the garden.
Internal and external became intimately connected and a new view across the complete depth of the plot made an efficient floorplan feel generous and dynamic.
Mount Pleasant City Park
Concept design for a city park and burial ground at Mount Pleasant Post Office site in Clerkenwell, London.
The culverted River Fleet ran through this site, its valley forming the hills up to Grays Inn Rd in the west and towards Amwell St in the east. The proposal reassigned the largely defunct post office site into a city garden that restored the Fleet and made a place for a renewable burial model which references the mythology of ancient Rivers and gives the site back to its original bucolic condition as was the intention of the Metropolitan Open Spaces Act of 1881.
'AMANERA' A LUXURY RESORT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Run by operator Aman, this 24 villa boutique hotel sits above a private beach on the Atlantic coast. A small design team delivered the project along with large (for sale) villas, a beach club, back of house and ancillary buildings, main lodge, restaurant and landscaping, from concept to on site delivery. Faceted in-situ, white concrete cantilevered green roofs taper to 100mm thick at the edge and are built to withstand hurricane conditions.
Designing the project required a deep understanding of how these resorts operate and the unique requirements of 7 star front of house operations. We worked closely with the contractor, hotel and site managers as well as joiners and stone masons. The uncompromising level of detail included the design of the tile pattern for the floor of the villas, which was all produced locally using traditional methods.
Brilliant Spa Resort, Heshun, China
For the operator 'Brilliant Spa', this very large luxury spa is located at the site of natural springs within a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We worked closely with the contractor / client throughout the concept, design and build processes to deliver a complex steel building that combines a traditional structural language with modern methods of construction to create a building that is able to deliver a high number of different treatments and experiences to the highest level.
The building responds to a difficult site at the confluence of two rivers. Its mass is broken into a harmonious 'jumble' of forms which conceal a flowing internal arrangement that enables staff and guests to move effortless around the building with a very controlled level of encounter.
3 PRIVATE HOUSES IN WEST LONDON
At Heah&Co, much of our work was in Asia, the Americas and other resort locations. These images are selected details and views of some of the large private houses we built in London. We used the same design team as for the resorts, working closely with the client as well as the various craftsmen and contractors to hand over (final completion).
The houses are new builds in The Boltons, Little Boltons and the refurbishment of a house Cheyne Walk.
Pavillion. Hoxton Docks
Architecture Foundation competition entry, in collaboration with Eckford Chong Design.
A pavilion for a barge on London's Regent's Canal. The program was completely open. The following text was submitted to describe the proposal:
"London is often thought of as a congregation of separate neighbourhoods, like a crowd of villages, one against the other, each spilling into the next but every one with its own character, separately identifiable by architectural and spatial idiosyncrasies. Do they reflect or infect the people that live and work among them?
Do the inhabitants of Hackney, Brixton or Marylebone inform the sense of place or do they absorb it? In each case it is likely that local character is in a state of flux, yet here and there consistencies prevail and London is at once ancient and recent. It grows and preserves in equal measure with cultural and technological shifts leaving their scars as infrastructure becomes irrelevant and disconnected.
The canals, once the pumping trade arteries of an industrial London are now gardens and streets; they have become a London neighbourhood as stretched, squeezed and bustling as any other. They feature common architectural typologies: floating homes and re-appropriated warehouses and factories enclose the streets and bridges, paths and gardens that line the waterways themselves. These are streets that have a common character yet are so dynamic that they are rarely the same from one day to the next. As such they have no town centre or village square. The usual civic structures that form and perform a vital framework for a functioning community are notably absent.
A city, much of which is shaped by Victorian industrial energy, London has suffered the loss of a civic program historically supported by the religious precincts that have prevailed in mainland European (Catholic) cities.
In Christian religious architecture, the word given to that part of the church reserved for the laity is the Nave, sharing an etymology with nautical references from the Latin ‘Navis’ meaning ship. Credit for this may be due to St Peter (known as ‘the fisherman’) who is allegedly buried under the altar at the Basilica that bears his name. Mythology and ancient religious practise abound with significant rivers and seas and the pope wears the fisherman’s ring, further binding Christianity with watery themes.
In a modern, post religious or multi faith London, the liturgical relevance could be in question but the original function of the Nave as taken from the ancient Basilica was to provide a place for other civic functions such as trials, trade and political debate.
The proposal offers the stretched, linear neighbourhood of the canals a moving centre; a village hall, a Nave. An ancient typology with its nautical heritage gives the opportunity for a relevant, and historically revealing floating pavilion.
It relocates on the moving tides and flows, offering a gathering place, a space to commune and encounter for those itinerant neighbours which form a very unique London community. It is an exhibition space, a lecture theatre, a live music venue, a debating chamber and a day to day meeting place."