Winner of NLA "Don't Move, Improve" Award - London.
A studio located in a typical Victorian suburban garden. The main studio facade that addresses the garden floats above a glass panel and forms a screen to separate the work space of the studio from the domestic garden. The typical green suburban garden is replaced by a folded timber landscape characterised by a pop up landscape of activities including a heated paddling pool, a sand pit and a fire pit. The materials of the studio make reference to the suburban context; timber cladding echos domestic fencing, corrugated aluminium refers to inter-war prefabricated garages and Anderson shelters. The rear of the existing house is remodelled to form a book-end opposite the studio which can work as both a domestic dining room and library or a meeting space for teh studio. The studio is super-insulated and has the added benefit of a sedum roof; underfloor heating is rarely used as the heat generated by desktop computers generally provides sufficient warmth. Through ventilation from the skylight to a sliding door cools the space in summer.
The wall construction is entirely from stressed ply composite panels with no hidden steel supporting frame. The main facade is unsupported along its full length and acts as a beam. It sits on on cantilevered side walls to allow frameless glass returns.
The studio has been invited to participate in the London Open house event for the last 3 years.