lefkada house, greece
a steep site can be tricky for designing a family home, particularly when a client had the vision of building half the house under ground on a greek island. we suggested separate ‘viewing cubes’ to the site, all connected by a buried quarter underneath, with sleeping accommodation to the back and all living, entertaining and dining to the front with 180° panorama views. a cascading waterfall runs from a bathroom separating the bedrooms along the terrace over a shoot into a swimming pool at lower level, to be pumped up again to the bathroom feature wall. the underground garage has space for 4-6 cars; guest accommodation, bar, cinema and game room overlooking the sun terrace towards the sea. the design is currently in planning at lefkada district council.
poppy field house, hampshire
we are delighted to have the opportunity working on this detached single storey modern family home built in the 70ties. we decided to keep the brick arcade to the front and garden, the remaining structure will be more or less replaced. our client wishes to add several bedrooms as a new first floor to the building and improve the flow and upgrade the existing structure. whilst the space for the kitchen and dining is now much more generous, we added volume to the rear for a larger living area, added generous en-suites to the bedrooms and improved circulation. the separate garage block is replaced with a single storey building linked to the main house, whilst a new garage will be constructed closer to the entrance of the property. the new proposals have just been approved by the local planning council.
building overseas can always prove a challenge. we have been commissioned to design a large new built detached house on a large sloping site overlooking lake victoria in uganda. this is complete with six bedrooms, a swimming pool, security guards accommodation and protected car parking as well as plenty of viewing terraces. we have closed this with a local architect who submitted the planning application which has been approved a few weeks ago. we have now taken an advisory role to review the works of the local team for detailed design and construction. works to clean the site and commence ground works have commenced.
riverdale road, twickenham
we designed a semi buried detached annex building to replace existing garages next to a large flatted development in the heart of east twickenham conservation area. whilst we introduced a classical front facade to the main road, the main body of the building is separated by a terrace that consists of two floors with bedrooms at lower ground and living, dining and kitchen above. a ‘living wall’ elevates towards the four-storey main building with cor-ten steel clad to all other elevations. the dark timber clad gabled structure replaces a redundant and delapidated post-war garage within the grounds of a grand Victorian Gothic property. the property also includes skylights, a glazed terrace and sliding doors and an external courtyard with steps that connect the annex to shared gardens at the rear. despite its small arrangement and stunning design, the concept has been issued for planning with richmond council.