We have just been granted planning permission for our Thames House in Southwark. The Planning Inspectorate who approved the application on appeal stated:
‘the unique angular design of the proposed dwelling is innovative…it would add a distinct and vibrant element to the street scene which would have a positive impact on the character and appearance of the area’.
We are really excited to be finally on site with our Elephant & Castle Nursery + Housing development. . It is great to be a part of the wider Elephant & Castle regeneration, and after three years going through planning, even better to be starting on site in one week. The project comprises three new build low energy houses with a ground floor nursery, and will achieve passive house performance. The project is due for completion Autumn 2016.
As one of the practices shortlisted for the New London Architecture ‘New Ideas for Housing’ competition. our entry ‘The High Street Living Project‘ was featured under the ‘densification’ category. The submission is also on display in the Building Centre in Store Street until December 2015.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the New London Architecture’s ‘New Ideas for Housing international ideas competition’
Our proposal ‘The High Street Living Project’ looks at ways in which London’s high streets can be brought back into residential use; focusing on the much maligned Walworth Road as a case study. We looked at possible ways the existing houses, landlocked behind single storey shop units, could be rehabilited through new roof-top residential development. http://a-zero.co.uk/portf…/high-street-living-project-_2015/
Our proposal will be featured in the New Ideas for Housing publication. The winning scheme will be announced on 14 October and an exhibition of the shortlisted entries will be held in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, 26 Store St, London WC1E 7BT (http://www.buildingcentre.co.uk/) from 15 October – 17 December.
Windows in in our Northwood house – a great job by Derek from V-Windows – http://vwindows.eu/. Even though the house is North facing – we especially like the fact that we still get sunlight passing through the double height space in the hall form the south facing roof-lights…..
Our development in Elephant & Castle has now been granted full planning permission! The development comprising three new-build townhouses and a nursery will be commencing on site in Autumn. The project provides a ground floor nursery, and three Code Level 04 Terraced Houses above. Visualisation by Whitaker Studio
A wonderful day had by all when Giles (finally) tied the knot with Ingrid. We successfully mamanaged to get almost 100 guests from Kennington to Vauxhall on a menagerie of bicycle BMX’s, tandems and rickshaws. Well done to one and all!
A bit of an A-ZERO outing on Sunday…. Giles & Phillip cycled from London to Brighton as a part of this years British Heart Foundation annual cycle. Although technically Phillip was faster, he walked up one of the hills, which Giles didn’t.
Our Willesden Junction project is virtually complete. The original house has been fully refurbished and extended with an infill extension to the side. We thought a lot about the glazing around this extension, the rhythm of light in the space, and the transparency of the corners. The iroko wrap-around emphasises this relationship, whilst providing integrated down lighters over the full width bi-fold doors. More internal photographs to follow….
Giles will be in Dublin on this Thursday, 21st May to give a lecture to the IET.
‘Sustainability within the built environment requires an integrated approach from architects and engineers. It is not just a question of the efficiency of building systems, rather a question of how performance can be fundamental to the architecture itself. The idea of embedded performance suggests that concepts about energy, comfort and climate are intrinsic within the design process from day one. It suggests that sustainability should not be additive, but should be so implicit within the design concept that it becomes invisible.’
‘Perhaps the most impressive space is the open plan kitchen / living /dining room. It is an uplifting, light-filled area that features a wonderful exposed oak frame, floor to ceiling glazing, integrated audio and a bespoke kitchen. The second reception room is a more cosy space with a fireplace. Upstairs the bedrooms all have vaulted ceilings (with extra mezzanine levels in the smaller rooms) and lead on to a wide, meticulously-detailed circulation space’
Progress on our house in Northwood. What started as a small extension has, through numerous planning application expanded to become a very sizable house. The idea remains though – creating a strong connection between the ground floor living space and the garden, and bring as much light as possible into the kitchen via rooflights…
We are very chuffed after receiving an award in this year’s Aylesbury Vale Design Awards. Our Timber Frame House was ‘highly commended’ from a list of seven shortlisted projects completed in the last 12 months. The Design Award scheme has been run annually by the council to recognise and celebrate examples of good building design in the district. 2014 is the 21st year of the Design Awards. http://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/environment/2013-design-awards/
Circular windows on our Purple House in Catford….the project completed earlier this year extends the existing house to the limits of permitted development. More information here. The purple pop-out accommodates the double height kitchen, from which we stole a sneaky view to the neighbour courtesy of the porthole windows. Thanks to Step Haiselden for the photos http://www.chronological.co.uk/
Planning permission has been submitted for a new build house near the Thames. The house is designed to capitalise on views toward the Thames which are just visible from the upper levels of the site. The building mass is developed with respect to achieving this view whilst mediating between the various scales of buildings that surround the site. The building will be constructed out of a highly insulated SIPS panelling system, and clad with fibre cement and photo-voltaic panels to achieve a passive house performance in terms of heat loss and low carbon on-site energy consumption
Working with designer Ingrid Hu and sound artist Andy Pink, A-ZERO was selected as one of five winning submissions for installations in the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea, Wales. The lagoon, due for completion in 2018, will use Swansea’s significant tidal swing to generate hydro-electrical power. The proposal is to accommodate a series of floating misting water jets moored parallel to the promenade which encompasses the lagoon. The water mists, which are activated during times of energy generation only, will rise and fall according to water levels in the lagoon, and according to the 25 hour cycle of the tides. This dynamic of changing height of water, changing weather and changing time of energy production will constantly vary the effect, with the mist sometimes blown thin, sometimes forming a fog behind the shelter of the pier. A-ZERO worked with the design team to explore how the installation could work best with its immediate environment to achieve and control these effects.
We are very excited to be contributing a project to the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle – we have just lodged planning permission for a new development behind Strata tower. It will include an extension to an existing nursery at ground level, and three terraced houses independently accessible off the street. The project aims to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4,
A career ambition was reached on Friday – we now have a piano in our studio. Thanks to Rob from Wired Canvas and Phillip (and a Zip-van) we man-handelled a piano from Clapham and it is now installed (and reasonably in tune) in our studio in Borough…
Photos from this Saturday’s MUSARC concert in the Barbican – rain almost stopped play – but didn’t in the end… The performance included Ernst Toch’s Geographical Fugue and Walzer; some of Francis Poulenc’s Chansons Françaises; and a new work for the choir by Jan Hendrickse which recently premièred at Töne Festival.
Two new projects started on site this week – a house in Dulwich which we are extending with an oak clad pop out, and a Grade II listed property in Kennington which we are extending and refurbishing to achieve PassiveHouse standards.
Photographer James Whitaker came up to the completed Timber Frame House to take a series of photos. The external works have yet to happen, but everything else was photographed, including a very orange sunset.
A photo from the Musarc concert two weeks ago at Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. Giles along with the rest of the choir was singing music by Monteverdi, Lauridsen, Di Lasso, LeJeune and the magnificant Historia de Jephte by Carissimi (worth a listen on Spotify)
Planning permission has been received for the extension and refurbished of this grade 02 listed house in central London. The project, due to go on site in May 2014, will substantially improve the building fabric with the aim of achieving Passive House standards of insulation and air permeability, whilst still respecting the existing listed fabric. The new build parts will be made of recycled brick and zinc, and the new south facing fenestration will provide a new connection to the garden, as well as improving passive solar gain to the property.
Photographs from the completed house no. 18 project complete with Boris the dog. The project extended an existing Victorian house to the side and rear, using roof-lights to maximise day-light into the space, and create a new indoor-outdoor relationship from the dining area to the garden via the folded brick elevation.
Our competition proposal for new housing in the Hebrides, Scotland. The scheme makes use of existing abandoned or self-build structures in the landscape, which are then capped with a prefabricated roofing element, and lined with internal serviced wall panels. The aim of the proposal is to maximise the amount of ‘sweat equity’ that a home owner can invest in their own home, without compromising on building performance.
Cladding on the east face of Timber Frame House. British feather edge larch has been used for the main cladding of the building, with planed Siberian larch for the lower areas. The cladding has been taken across windows where there are concerns over privacy. The eaves detail has been designed with an integrated gutter detail to ensure there are no overhangs over the larch, and discolouration further down the line.
As a part of the annual ‘Culture Crawl’ in aid of Maggie’s Centres, a_zero partook in a 15 mile walk around London taking in various buildings open as a prt of this years Open House. The midnight ramble finished at 4am on the top of the Gherkin. Thanks to lots of generous donations, we exceeded our fund-raising target of £1000. Thanks to all. Watch a short film of our adventures on our facebook page.
This summer we have three houses on site, all due for completion in the next few months.
The first is a typical end of terrace Victorian house in which we have extended outward and sideward at ground level, using cranked steel beams to support the floors above. The second is a 3 story 1950’s house, on to which we have built a timber frame 2 story extension as a part of a total reconfiguration of the main house. The third is an internal reconfiguration of an early Victorian house, including a new pop-out window from the kitchen to provide additional space and connection to the garden.
As a part of feasibility stage development for House no. 46, a new commission in London, we hired a cherry picker to see at what point in the site we would achieve views to some amazing London landmarks. At 21m in height, the views are breathtaking, even if the height is a trifle unsettling….
Work is now complete on the refurbishment of this penthouse apartment. A number of the building elements were harvested from sustainable sources including the maple floor which has been recycled from a School Gym in Hackney, and a work top cast out of recycled glass bottles.
Giles was in Budapest last week, presenting an update of the Central European University design at the Sustainable Building Conference. The project, in which a_zero is working as envronmental consultant with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects and Teampannon Architects is currently in design development, seeks to create a unified and occupant-friendly campus. The presentation highlighted elements that will reduce energy demand for heating and cooling systems and take advantage of natural lighting and ventilation, while delivering an optimal working environment. More details here.
a_zero has submitted a competition entry a new city centre for Kiruna, Sweden, with Tham & videgård arkitekter and Territorial Agency. Submissions from the nine shortlisted teams are under consideration by the jury, with a decision due in February. Media links here :
Work has started on the first phase of this low energy barn conversion. The initial phase comprises demolition of existing structures, and removal and crushing of large areas of concrete. Almost all of the materials harvested in this initial phase will be reused as a part of the new build construction for both structural and landscaping elements, so that there is almost minimal removal of material offsite. The main contract for the construction of the new house and barn is due to start in the New Year….
a_zero to present seminar as a part of the Open City’s Green Sky Thinking Event entitled ”Proving Things Work as You Hope They Will”. Open-City’s Green Sky Thinking 2012 gives an inside view from top experts, industry leaders and collaborative teams of how we could move towards successfully ‘greening’ entire districts and neighbourhoods, as well as buildings, to inform better decision-making. More details here