Check out the progress of our new timber frame house in Suffolk, which is being built by Harrison & Wildon. Overlooking the River Stour, Hidden House is a new sustainable family home. Set against a wooded backdrop and orientated to maximise views, daylight, and passive solar shading, the timber framed building will be clad in naturally weathering larch.
We were delighted to be invited to sit on the expert panel and be part of a challenging debate at UK Construction Week 2018 in Birmingham.
Thank you to Kunle Barker for hosting the event and to fellow participants Ross Gilbert of QED Sustainable Urban Developments and Christian Ducker of Gundry + Ducker Architects.
“With interest rates rising, demand on housing increasing and prices still high, affordable housing is an endangered species. So what should affordable mean? In the simplest of terms an affordable house should be 3 times the value of the average salary as this is how many lenders evaluate affordability. Taking London as an example the average house price is roughly 13 times the average London salary*. (Sources office of national statistics) So how can the government tackle this problem? Generational mortgages? Tax/Stamp duty breaks, rolling out shared ownership to include all market properties?” – UK CONSTRUCTION WEEK
Currently on the drawing board – sketch design for a basement extension in Fulham, exploring options for the lightwell and facade. This project will also incorporate a loft extension and alterations to the existing spaces across three floors.
Sketch rear facade with timber frame and structural glazing (L).
Sketch basement interior view to external courtyard & lightwell (R).
Sketch interior perspectives of the ground floor library, with crittall style screens to create lightweight partitions between the spaces.
Timber frame layout options for the rear facade, incorporating structural and solar shading elements.
Material studies for the basement and ground floor exploring texture, colour and zoning.
Keep up to date with the progress of our timber frame houses being built in Hertfordshire. For more information on the design, have a look at the project here. Off-site timber frames by Cygnum, and on-site build by Thompson Build & Developments.
13 August 2018
27 June 2018
House 1 viewed from House 2.
27 June 2018
House 2 bespoke ply stair by Cake Industries – mid installation.
Thank you to CDA for inviting us to take part in, and present our ideas at, the community-led housing workshop in Great Gaddesden. It was wonderful to hear so many informative presentations from a wide range of professionals and discuss the topic so openly and proactively. It has paved the way to some interesting meetings since and we look forward to what we hope will be many successful collaborations.
For more information about CDA and the evening, check out their website here.
Inspire! recently celebrated the opening of their newly refurbished school and offices in Dalston, and kindly invited us to the party. The evening was a great celebration of all of the hard work put in by the volunteers and students alike. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch, unveiled the shiny new plaque and spoke highly of Inspire!’s positive role in the lives of many young people in Hackney. Music performances by current students and personal stories from former students were some of the highlights of the evening.
We were delighted to play a part in the redesign of Inspire!’s new home in Dalston. The brief involved reconfiguring the existing space to bring natural light into the deep floor plan, whilst creating flexible spaces for the students including performance areas and their own music studio. Alongside this, a separate open plan office for the charity and classroom space was required, as well as a refurb of the kitchen and WCs.
It’s been great fun working with the team at Inspire!, and we look forward to continuing to work with them. Do please give their website a visit if you’d like to know more about what they do, and if you can be a host to one of their workplace visits or offer a work experience placement, that would be absolutely fantastic.
In the run up to Christmas this year, we donned our most festive baking hats to compete in this year’s Gingerbread City, put on by The Museum of Architecture.
16,000 people went to see and smell the delights at the exhibition, where over 60 architects submitted their gingerbread creations. No Hansel or Gretel in sight, our gingerbread building was a mixed use development complete with external gelatin pool, polo rubber rings and sugar glass chapel. The candy crane moving the last pieces into place was a firm favourite and got a mention in the Telegraph.
All 16,000 visitors cast their vote and we were delighted to have achieved a top five finish out of 60 firms that entered: