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27
Dec

In through the outdoor.

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

As part of the 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 to all the parents and children bottlenecking at this entrance each morning. Alternative strategies are being implemented. large loop around the perimeter of the school has provided some relief. It does involve entering the school through the car park and exiting through the front gate. The circular route does alleviate that feeling of swimming against the tide of parents as you try to leave the school.

10
Dec

Our nonconformist house extension is shortlisted for Don’t Move, Improve! 2016

Don’t Move Improve | Architect for Hackney | Stoke Newington, North London

shortlisted by New London Architecture for a Don’t Move Improve 2016 award.
 
A modern interpretation of the London Roof it provides a modern and unique language for the rear of the mid terraced house. The roof structure is expressed as exposed timber rafter with a plywood ceiling which adds a simple but natural warmth to the interior. The roof construction avoids the traditional roof construction of slate tile. Instead, a single polymeric roof membrane is used to provide a well insulated lightweight warm roof construction.
 
As part of the reconfiguration works the kitchen has moved into the middle of the house floor plan. A new open plan galley kitchen provides a better connection between the lounge to the rear and the dining room. The dining room is now orientated for the early morning sun-rise to the East and ideal for breakfast. A large hexagonal glass window frames views of the small urban garden from the living room to the West.

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04
Dec

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

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

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

09
Nov

Books are flying off the shelves at Betty Layward’s new school library.

School Library | Architect for Hackney | forrester architects

The books are flying off the shelves at Betty Layward’s new school library. The library opened its doors today and the ribbon was cut by author and illustrator Jane Ray.  A school has reclaimed space from the IT room. If you thought a school was built around the library then things have changed since you were at school. Throughout the development, the parents were involved to re-establish the library. The children can enjoy and focus on reading on paper and not on screen.
 
The works are being carried out over the summer and completed for the new term. In keeping with the rapidly changing times, there will be a mixture of paper and electronic media to keep up with evolving technologies. Bespoke furniture has been arranged to create three informal reading zones with easy access to the book shelving. The bookshelves are made to be accessible to all ages. And when needed by a full classroom the bookshelves can be moved aside to allow a large seating area focussed on the whiteboard.
 
The aim is to provide a library that reflects the school ethos_to inspire, develop and nurture every child to have the confidence to learn.
02
Oct

A country house refurbishment in Cambridge.

Country House | Architect for Cambridge | Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire

We are working with Callender Howorth on a fine country house and outbuildings in Great Shelford, Cambridge. A series of interconnected buildings are to be enlivened with a contemporary refurbishment. The traditional materials will be enhanced and complemented to provide a modern environment. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable extra floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.

04
Sep

A new lease of life for a fine Art Deco mansion block flat.

Art Deco Refurbishment| Architect for Wandsworth | Balham, South West London

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

28
Aug

Asymmetrically arranged windows overlook a mews house courtyard garden in Belsize Park.

Mews House | Architect for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London

A long established ivy meanders across the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of a mews house. The lounge windows are juxtaposed asymmetrically to the rear facade overlooking the garden. Enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill. It provides a double height living space with natural daylight throughout the day.

 

31
Jul

A new courtyard Orangery to a Kensington & Chelsea townhouse.

New Courtyard Orangery | Architect for Kensington & Chelsea | West London

forresterarchitects are working with Callender Howorth on a new Orangery to a large Kensington & Chelsea townhouse. An existing courtyard space separates the main house from the mews house to the rear. The courtyard is under utilised and the client would like to use the space more throughout the year.
 
An Orangery unites each wing of the house. It provides a central gathering space for dining which remains an important part of the client’s daily routine. A number differing geometries are to be resolved due to differing scales between the main house and mewsOur initial proposal provides an undulating organic roof form to encapsulate the exterior courtyard. It provides a bright luxurious internalised garden space. The dining room will be relocated to form the main gathering point with an informal lounge space nestled under the mezzanine. An artist’s studio is added to the mezzanine terrace. and retain a visual connection with the main space and will be linked by a spiral stair to the lounge below. The undulating form of the canopy allows for the existing window configuration to be retained. A portion of the glazed roof-light will be openable to allow for natural ventilation throughout the Orangery.

 

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 brownfield plot of land in North West London. The result of residual land to the rear gardens of the suburban terraced house. The land will be accessed from the single access road circulating the local garden green. Three innovative house designs will make the proposition viable for the property developer.

20
May

A double height rear extension to the De Beaviour Conservation Area.

Lower Ground Refurbishment & Extension | Architects for Hackney | De Beaviour Conservation Area, North London

forresterarchitects have submitted a householder planning application for a fine Victorian terraced house in the De Beaviour Conservation Area. The newly purchased house the upper floors are proportioned and bright. The lower ground floor partly due to its North facing aspect is a little gloomy. The client’s need is for a brighter equipped kitchen and bedroom connecting more to the garden. A new glazed rear extension is proposed. It provides framed views of the garden from the kitchen and stairwell corridor resulting in a bright day-lit environment. A double height glazed roof-light space is proposed to the dining area and aims to provide as much natural light as possible to the back of the house. The key to the proposed configuration is the retention of an existing roof terrace. It will continue to be used for afternoon gatherings and evening drinks. The house is currently configured as a three bedroom private dwelling. The proposal provides a fourth bedroom for guests with an extra wet-room shower room provided