Category: Sketch/Feasibility

08
Oct

A new build house near Hampstead Village

New Build House | Architect for North West London | Forrester Architects

We’re looking into a new build house solution for a current client. There is already a house on the plot but it is considered by Camden Planning of no architectural merit. It will therefore be demolished to provide an open plan house of approximately 3000sq/ft. Near to Hampstead Village the house will be set within the local conservation area. Our client is keen to avoid over developing the site and the house will not be overbearing in terms of scale and massing. The street facade will present a masonry frontage to compliment the traditional context. To the rear the garden is South facing and a sustainable energy strategy will be adopted to make the most of its perfect aspect.

02
Feb

No kitchen extension is just an island.

Kitchen Extension | Architect for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

A new outrigger extension is required to replace the original kitchen extension which was not appropriately sized for a large semi-detached six bedroom house. A new form is explored to avoid the typical full width extension.  A series of angled facets  is explored and developed further to define an original form for the new kitchen extension. The facets provide a notional subdivision of the kitchen and define the preparation, washing and breakfast areas and aim to respond to and respect its sensitive garden setting in terms of material, language, form and construction. The inclined form rises to the garden to provide a natural shading device from the sun and drops to the rear against the neighbouring adjacent extension.

02
Jan

Double-height maisonette in the Dartmouth Park Conservation Area

Double-Height Maisonette | Architecture for Camden | Dartmouth Park Road, North West London

Currently configured as a two bedroom with a fine South facing aspect. The internal layout to a Dartmouth Park maisonette is to completely reconfigured. The main living rooms are moved to the rear with the creation of an open plan double-height space which opens onto the rear garden. Two additional bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new generously proportioned maisonette with better connectivity with  the garden feels more like a new house.

04
Dec

Early sketches for interlocking houses on a Brownfield site in North London

New-Build Houses| Architect for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

Built on a landlocked brownfield site in North London. The exterior of the four interlocking house are simple brick constructions with oversized windows. The upper floors are spacious double-height living rooms with an abundance of daylight and framed views of the local environment. Each of the open plan kitchens has direct access to a private external terrace, which are located between each house.

27
Nov

In through the outdoor

School Library | Architect for Hackney | Clissold Road, Stoke Newington

As part of the overall design feasibility proposals for the improvement of Betty Layward school; the next issue is external circulation. The morning drop is made difficult as the school is accessed between two townhouses. The width is restricted with all the parents and children bottlenecking at this entrance each morning. Alternative strategies are being implemented and a large loop around the perimeter of the school has provided some relief. It does however involve entering the school through the car park and exiting through the front gate. The circular route does however alleviate that feeling of swimming against the tide of parents as you try to leave the school.

12
Jun

A new plot for three new-build houses.

Three New-Build Houses | Architect for London | North West London

forresterarchitects are preparing a feasibility study for three new-build houses to a tight brownfield plot of land in North West London. The result of residual land to the rear gardens of the suburban terraces house the land will be access from the a single access road circulating the local garden green. Three innovative house designs  will make the  proposition viable for the property developer.

14
Feb

A double height lounge added to a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area.

Mews House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mews house refurbishment in the Eton Conservation Area, Belsize Park in North West London.

Currently configured as an unremarkable two bedroom house it is dated and has not been refurbished since it was originally built in the 1970’s. The bedrooms are long and badly proportioned. The window are mean and internally the natural daylighting is poor.

Each mews house was originally configured with an integral garage space next to the front door. Over time the planning department has allowed the removal of the garage space. All the other mews houses have over time converted their garage into a bedroom or lounge space to improve the layout of the house. The courtyard to the front of the Mews is now everyone’s preferred car parking space. This was our client’s initial requirement but there were other opportunities

The house is arranged over three floors. The kitchen as originally intended will remain on the ground floor. A small under stair WC will be removed to create an open floor plan layout between the new bedroom and kitchen. The kitchen will be re-planned to engage more directly with the small courthyard garden which enjoys a bright south facing aspect. A long established ivy covers the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of the house. The lounge windows overlooking the garden are to be enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill.

The upper floors accommodate a lounge and the other two bedrooms. As part of the refurbishment each bedroom is re-planned with an ensuite with specialist wardrobe and storage joinery and provides warmth and character to each floor. The relatively small lounge is dramatically improved by a double height lounge space with the structural rafters of the roof exposed. In addition the timber rafters are complimented by a new feature staircase which rises within the double height lounge to provide access to each bedroom. Bespoke timber screen offer varying levels of privacy between the bedroom and lounge.

01
Dec

A new garden studio in the Belsize Park Conservation Area.

Garden Studio Extension | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for a discreet pergola-inspired garden structure to a house in the Belsize Conservation Area. The design proposal expresses the requirements of the brief within an accordion structure. The concept is an exploration of the traditional garden pergola form and offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is perfectly orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.

21
Oct

Stay tidy. A bachelor pad with extensive bespoke storage solutions.

House Refurbishment | Architects for Camden | Primrose Hill, North West London

forresterarchitects have provided a design feasibility study for the house refurbishment of a duplex apartment in Primrose Hill.  The duplex flat is part of a modern privately owned purpose-built development in the fashionable area in North London. As a bachelor the client was able to indulged his needs with specific requirements to keep the place tidy. The flat layout was simple. The design proposal employs extensive bespoke storage solutions to create living wall solutions to maximise on space. Sliding doors avoid taking up valuable space but also allow for an open plan feel when left in the open.

01
Sep

A design feasibility study for a twin townhouse in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.

Twin Townhouse Refurbishment | London Borough of Camden | Bloomsbury, West Central London

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for twin townhouse refurbishments off Oxford Street in Central London. With the development of a more modern family life, in whatever form this may take,  house layouts are no longer realising their full potential. The works aim to re-establish an internal hierarchy typically of a late Victorian house with floor plan layouts returned to their original function. Formal receptions rooms will be retained on the ground and first floor with bedrooms on the upper floors. The kitchen and dining rooms will be retained on the lower ground floor. Both properties will be rewired with new plumbing throughout to provide an efficient heating and hot water systems to service the house.

01
May

A design feasibility for a new-build Passive House (Passivhaus) in the Norfolk Broads.

New-Build Passive House (Passivhaus)|Architect for Broads Authority|Stalham, Norfolk

forresterarchitects have secured full planning approval for a new build house on the Norfolk Broads. The house will be designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards.

The Passive House (Passivhaus) concept aims to dramatically reduce the requirements for space heating and cooling whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The focus of the Passive House (Passivhaus) is to dramatically reduce the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst also creating excellent indoor comfort levels.

This is primarily achieved by adopting a fabric first approach to the design, specifying high levels of insulation to the thermal envelope with exceptional levels of air tightness and the use of whole house mechanical ventilation. The heating requirement in a Passive House (Passivhaus) building is reduced to the point where a traditional heating system is no longer considered essential. Cooling is also minimised by the same principles and through the use of shading. Night purging and the use of natural cross-ventilation through open windows is encouraged during the summer months

 The new house will be inspired by the light industrial forms which predominate the local surrounding area. The roof forms explored and developed further to provide a modern architectural solution which draws references from these vernacular forms and materials and how they are positioned in the landscape. The accommodation brief is expressed in an informal arrangement of ‘sheds’. The ‘sheds’ in their juxtaposition aim to contribute positively to the local character of the area and the wider environment.

The new build house is almost perfectly orientated benefiting from a South facing facade. To maximise further from the early morning sunshine the house will be orientated a further 10 degrees to the East.

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16
Mar

We are listed in the international design magazine House & Garden exclusively for the London area.

House & Garden Feature | Architects for London | Forrester Architects

forresterarchitects are listed in the international design and decoration magazine House & Garden exclusively as architects in the London area. The design masterclass directory provides an interactive source of all the information you will need to renovate or build your own home. A number of high-profile projects by the practice across Central London have brought our to the attention of this definitive guide to stylish living.

01
Jan

A Gambrel and Peg roof is the key feature to a Grade II cottage refurbishment in West Mersea.

Grade II Listed Cottage & Conservation Refurbishment with New-Build Extension | Architects for Colchester | West Mersea

forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility for the refurbishment of a Grade II listed cottage in West Mersea, Colchester.  The C17/18 Gambrel and Peg tile roof with v-section wooden eaves trough on wooden brackets are listed as key features. As part of the design brief the cottage is to be returned to its original condition. Inspired by the simple forms and materials of the local boat sheds a modern architectural solution draws from the vernacular and in turn respects and contributes positively to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The design proposal provides a new dining area and kitchen with additional bedroom accommodation when the client’s have guests. The new additions are orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the newly defined garden spaces.

18
Feb

A glass Penthouse is added to a land-locked house in Tower Hamlets.

Glass Penthouse | Architects for Hackney | Bethnal Green, East London

forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a land-locked house in Hackney. Surrounded on all sides by other properties the only opportunity for expansion was to go up. A new master bedroom and en suite bathroom is proposed. Enclosed in a glass penthouse structure the modesty of the occupants is protected by a series of sliding translucent panels which open up to frame views across the rooftops of the city.

16
Jan

A new-build infill development in Clapham.

Infill Development | Architects for Lambeth | Clapham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a planning application for a new build infill house in Clapham, South London. Currently configured an an unremarkable bookend property there is an opportunity to provide a new two-storey infill development. The pressure to build houses in London has resulted in the search for more obscure plots of land with potential to be developed. The infill development offers property developers the opportunity to take advantage of residual or inefficient land uses.

The infill house development is arranged with the living accommodation on the upper floors. The bedrooms are located on the ground floor which provides perhaps an unconventional house arrangement. The upper floor rooms however benefit from a double height lounge which provides a bright and airy room with a fine south facing aspect. The ground floor provides two double bedrooms with a ground floor accessible WC. For a infill house development current planning policy has strict requirements for adequate amenity (garden) space. As with any tight infill urban plot amenity space is provided in the form of a terraced garden which is accessed from the lounge space to the rear.

14
Aug

A new build Penthouse development in Crouch End.

New Build Penthouse | Architects for Haringey | Crouch End, North London

forresterarchitects have completed a design feasibility study for a penthouse development in Crouch End, North London. An unremarkable building has an enviable vantage point with fantastic views across London from its empty flat roof. The brief required a self-contained one bedroom flat to occupy the under utilised roof space. An organic form was developed for a prefabricated pod which would be placed on the roof. The exterior form informed the internal layout and the furniture. A series of exposed trusses provide the structural support with full height frameless glazed units fitted to the voids between.

01
Jun

Reconfiguration to a fine Art Deco mansion block in Balham.

Mansion Block Refurbishment | Architects for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

forresterarchitects have submitted a remodelling proposal for a mansion block refurbishment in a fine Art Deco building in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but a number of issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms were a priority for the client.