A desirable maisonette which forms part of an imposing end of terrace Victorian house in Dartmouth Park is bursting at the seams. The client doesn’t want to move and a maisonette refurbishment offers great potential. A design feasibility report has been submitted by forresterarchitects to realise the full potential. Currently configured as a two bedroom with a South facing aspect the internal layout is completely reconfigured. The bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property with the main living spaces moved to the rear. A key design feature is the creation of an open plan double height space which opens onto the rear garden.
forresterarchitects have remodelled a third floor flat in a fine Art Deco flat to a fine mansion block in Balham. The existing configuration was fine but some issues were problematic and need to be resolved. A feature wall provides a central focus for the flat. The wall can be circumnavigated to access a new kitchen layout and reconfigured bathrooms which were a priority for the client.
forresterarchitects have completed design feasibility for a property in Ladbroke Grove. The client is a close neighbour to one of our early refurbishment and rear extension projects, Barlby. The client, who’s father is a retired architect, new exactly what was wanted. A sleek clean simple rear extension is a subtle and considered alternative solution to the typical rear garden extension. Within the Oxford Conservation Area planning permission is required even though the proposal would be considered Permitted Development. The rear extension will provide a large open plan kitchen with full-width sliding doors. Working from home a dedicated silversmiths studio is also provided. A glazed roof-light runs the entire length of the side infill extension and provides natural daylight deep into the main body of the house.
forresterarchitects have submitted a design feasibility study for a mixed-use development for a media company. They require a new vibrant London headquarters. The refurbishment of an existing building requires re-planning to deal with their expanding business. Two new floors of private residential accommodation will be provided to add significant extra income in the funding of the development.
A new build house in Stalham Staithe, Norfolk Broads has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) principles by London based studio forresterarchitects.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads is Britain’s largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, with the status of a national park it is a particularly sensitive location to new-build developments. The local environment, with light industrial and agricultural uses, is dominated by the large expanse of water, the Barton Broads. Interspersed between the watercourses are rich and varied collections of buildings, which nestle together in the flat typography. There are attractive views in all directions. Contained within each view are the roofs of the buildings of the Broads, which act as dominant visual markers within the landscape, which aid orientation and establish a hierarchy of function to the built environment. The immediate environment is shared with a number of local red brick buildings. The site is surrounded by a number of nineteenth century buildings, which contribute to the local character of Stalham Staithe. The Old Granary, the largest listed building within the area, is enhanced further by a number of traditional dwellings. To the North are a couple of modern detached bungalows. Beyond the Staithe Road, which skirts the perimeter of the site, are a number of residential buildings, which draw from traditional vernacular forms and materials, as expected within a conservation area.
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. It offers a modern architectural solution, which respects and contributes to the character of the site and its immediate environment. The new structure is orientated north/south to enhance and create a visual dialogue between the studio and the garden beyond.
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 the internal hierarchy of a late Victorian house. 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.
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.