it took tenacity to hold on to a vision of affordable, spacious, open-plan accommodation from what was a redundant victorian village-scale primary school.
three out of the four classrooms have been overhauled. a new top lit stairwell inserted into one roof.
another roof has been raised with a timber clerestory roof dormer cut into it, to accommodate new bedrooms and a bathroom.
elsewhere a new flat glass roof covers a passage and a pitch glass roofed living area.
the buildings are on a tight site set between a flint twelfth-century church, a terrace of cottages and a school-master’s house.
2015 - 2019 £450,00 spend mike hadi, structural engineer
clerestory bedroom windows
middle passage, living areas left and right
the front classroom-apartment roof has a skylight illuminating a stairwell, new steels and 2 open bed-decks
card site model
wandsworth, kentish town
for a young couple of medics and their growing family moving from a cramped flat.
I worked initially with chris hardinge, architect. tim macfarlane - engineer, did the structural design.
I worked with the client’s builder. we stripped this dilapidated property two-storey terrace house, opening the ground floor to the garden and added a rear facing dormer roof to create a master-bedroom suite.
2013 - 2014. £400,000 budget.
the philosopher father of my wandworth client had just bought an end of terrace house with planning permission to extend up as roof garden. i added to this planning permission to make alterations to the facade beneath and re-organise the entrance doors and windows around the ground floor. like the client, i wanted a wild hairy-ness to the planting, and privacy to the exposed corner setting of the property.
2014 - £70,000 spend. tim macfarlane, engineer
family room from the garden
top-level master bedroom with a long rooflight in the front roof slope
hairy roof garden, re-organised ground floor windows and doors
high box planting, pool-like walk-on flat roof glass
blackheath, camberwell, beckenham
blackheath, vanbrugh castle apartment - chris hardinge and I worked on an art-deco-inspired bathroom installation in his sister and husband’s bathroom apartment in vanburgh castle, blackheath, south london. chris conceived the idea and I organised the installations. it featured glass wall tiles, mirror tiles and mirrored cupboards, new period fittings, sanitaryware, shower enclosure and floor tiling.
£60,000 spend, 2011
camberwell grove - i was asked by a playwrite client to re-organise a small kitchen and bathroom tucked behind a lounge in a 1st floor 2-bedroom flat in a georgian terrace house.
£70,000 spend, 2014
beckenham - a builder developer asked me to draw up extension plans to a mid-war 4-bedroom house. the one element of interest was a glass screen open fireplace that could help separate one area of a full-width garden-facing living room.
£100,000 spend, 2012
apartment interior with an art-deco-inspired bathroom re-fit
an open-plan sitting room, kitchen and semi-concealed bathroom
full house width folding doors open to reveal a kitchen - family - sitting areas, defined by a kitchen column+island and a glass fronted open fire+flue imberdded in a thick partition
my client, a local builder-developer, asked me to take a scheme, with planning approval, to construction. to demolish a terrace of three garages and lock-ups and insert four 1-up-1-down houses.
we went with CLT - at engineer mike hadi’s suggestion - and only otherwise made two other minor adjustments to the scheme.
each dwelling now has top-lit open-plan 1st floor studios and red bricks to match an adjoining sub-station.
2017 - 2019. £750,000 spend. mike hadi engineer
a peter barber-esque drawing
new houses alongside red-brick ukpn substation
jan 2019 - semi CLT, semi brick, semi-roof’d
1st floor studio interior
fish eye of studio interior
driving out of London on arterial roads, I mused on the condition of the roadside houses and the pressures of 24-hour traffic on householders.
I sketched plans of the inter-war type of house the type I grew up in - and imagined existing rooms and new spaces, back, side, top, etc.; I began to visualise other pressures on the multi-generational household: size, age-range needs and abilities.
I drew new gaps, maps, groupings, new interiors and patterns in plan and section of four real places on and off such roads.
these patterns suggested new shared structures and organisations. plans at two or three scales tackle interior detail and the neighbourhood.
what remains is the future: to investigate situations in which the proposition can be practically tested.
the ground floor of two semi-detached houses, with new rooms at the back
house on kingsbury road
a plan of fragments of the kingsbury houses - new and old
a maze, a jigsaw, of rooms
a section through the kingsbury houses
dover - nairobi - alexandrina - moscow
often urban in context, competitions have been a focused way to test ideas.
often difficult to gain favour. 2, however did get noticed.
2D and 3D block diagrams considering the organisation of the town joined with the port.
'conceptual spatial plan for the nairobi metropolitan region, 2030'
a project carried out at A-S:L, we were placed 3rd in an international competition
alexandrina library, egypt
one of a series of sketches for an open competition to design the biblioteca alexandrina
chamber theatre and arts centre, moscow: 1990
an exploded 3D diagram of new, existing and ground condition
sheikh zayed bridge, abu dhabi - my biggest role at zaha hadid’s office was as project architect for an 800m long, 2- six-lane road decks cantilevering off a central concrete and steel sinusoidal wave/dune form bridge connecting the city island to the mainland.
with strobe-like lighting in the open edge deck cells under the deck, and serpentine deck light masts above. from concepts to construction, the bridge opened in 2010.
1997 - 2010 £100m spend for the works dept. of abu dhabi
dover - the RIBA organised a competition inviting ideas to re-connect the town to the shore and the dock, currently bisected by the M20 motorway. i won a £500 honorarium.
skeikh zayed bridge, abu dhabi. 1997 - 2010
3D CAD detail of the steel marina arch from engineers high point rendel
photo by hufton and crow
london - nairobi - abu dhabi - NYC
swirling rivers + existing cross town rail-lines
in the early nineties the city came under attack from IRA bombs. this was a a moment to think about infrastructure, or building by other means. these events led to thoughts and instigating some other architectural change, a shift in dynamics. a series of paintings and drawings were conceived. new spaces carved out for new performance spaces in the city.
the wider, older, 18th C thames
the city re-imagined with blue-open spaces, new-river/canal lines, bridges and buildings
a painting of an interminable grey-fog lingering low over the city and thames, broken only by the lights of new structures
fragments of soane’s bank of england, stirling’s mappin+ webb site re-imagined in mid-air ‘after the bomb’
a dancing place
after work, there was time and space for conceiving of an idealised world made of half-remembered places travelled to.
the scheme is made up of paintings, plans, sections, etc. of buildings, landscape and objects.
the work is, in some sense, an homage to mike gold, my tutor at the AA. his hand and mind were on the figurative approach. a human scale. a human dimension and presence in design work.
see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil - 3 imagined audience members
dance hall ceiling - a floating figure pointing to the domed space
dancers on stage - first came the figures and then the stage edge
a colonnade - kirk brandon’s shoulders as steps, hands on the colonnade roof, balcony and ramp
outside at dusk - a dancer sits looking up at the observatory-like tower, whilst another figure appears above, silhouetted at the top
the dancer, the building, the horizon, the aircraft
drawn upside down, this is the divers view, jumping from the board looking down towards the diving tower, doorway, steps and black rocks
looking up from the bottom of the stepped pool there are swirling architectural elements
sun temple - a rock climber takes the difficult route. the yellow temple clings to the mountain slope in the distance
sun temple structure - there is no exterior, just a stepped floor and roof, curved columns holding up a conical dome with a blue faceted inside face. an orange backdrop of mountain slope and sky.
intersection - a feature in the landscape. passages, colonnades lead to this top lit meeting point. a wide-shouldered figure ‘loses his head’ whilst glancing up to a balcony