AR Design Studio is thrilled to announce ‘The Black House’ has won the RIBA Award, hosted at Mercedes-Benz World.
We would like to thank our clients for the opportunity to work on such an original and unique project. Further thanks goes out to John Kettle Associates and all those that worked on the project to help bring it to light.
AR Design Studio is pleased to announce ‘The Crow’s Nest’ received the UK Property Award for Best Architecture Single Residence South West England at the UK Property Awards last Friday held at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. At the awards AR Design Studio also received a nomination to represent the UK at the International Property Awards to be held in December at The Savoy.
We would like to thank our clients for the opportunity to work on such an interesting site. Further thanks goes out to Eckersley O’Callaghan and all those that worked on the project to help bring it to light.
The UK Property Awards were judged by an independent panel of 70 industry experts. Judging focused on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability. The judging panel was chaired by members of the House of Lords and are the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognised programme throughout the regions.
AR Design Studio was approached by the clients who were looking to extend their holiday home on a cliff top on the South Coast. Half way through the planning process, the existing house catastrophically broke in half one night during a landslip.
The practice was then tasked with designing a completely new home; the idea of movement and fracturing formed the backbone of the concept. Working closely with engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, a floating structural frame utilised mechanical jacks to enable the house to be securely re-levelled.
The design concept starts as a traditional cabin-like-form that then splits, twists and rotates, resulting in three pods. Each of the pods have individual functions and can move independently of each-other to adapt to the changing landscape.
The result is a playful and calm space for the owners to enjoy weekends with family and friends whilst taking in the spectacular and isolated location in which it sits.
AR Design Studio is pleased to announce the receipt of planning approval for one of its latest projects, New Pond Street.
AR Design Studio were approached by the client, Little Acre Developments, to develop plans for a three house development in Newhall, Essex. Newhall is a new community made up of a series of interlinked developments by a variety of architects, including Alison Brooks’ distinguished Newhall Be housing. The site is constrained by existing development and roads to three sides. As a result the design needed to address each street frontage while making the most of views over the neighbouring woodlands.
The design of the houses is a response to the street scene. Each three storey house features a primary timber clad unit with a single storey element that affronts the street. The result is that the site retains visual permeability between each house while the single storey elements create a sense of unity and horizontality at street level. These spaces contain the living room, which are provided here to establish a double aspect, with views down the garden of each plot and out over the road onto the woodlands. The rear of the ground floor features a large kitchen and dining space, which opens out onto the garden and shares a courtyard with the living room.
At each street corner, oriel windows are used at second storey, clad in the same metal as the ground floor to allow each house to turn the corner and address each street through a material relationship. The houses slope from front to rear in order to reduce the visual mass of each house and minimise overlooking to the neighbours and maximise the amount of natural light available to each garden.
The result is a set of houses that respond to both its setting within Newhall and position on the urban fringe, taking influence from both in terms of massing and materials from the urban and the surrounding woodlands.
AR Design Studio is delighted to announce the recent planning approval of its latest project, Castle Cove.
Situated on the Jurrasic Coast, the three house development sits above the public beach Castle Cove, overlooking the Portland Harbour. The area is famous for its sailing and watersports, hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events in 2012. These ideal views are enjoyed throughout Weymouth, however on the site of Castle Cove, these have come at a price. The site constraints include a Site of Special Scientific Interest and World Heritage Site in the lower section, as well as land instability, which is common along this area of the coast. The condition of the site is deceiving; the steep slope is untouched by development, with the existing ground condition hidden under hedgerow. The public footpath leading down to Castle Cove beach has already been victim to this instability, the remaining path now a dirt track for those who choose to access the beach at their own risk.
The client, C&L Developments came to AR Design Studio in February 2016 with a brief to improve upon the extant planning approval for three houses. The budding developers were after a set of houses with the ‘wow factor’ to match that of the site.
Due to the constraints on site, the massing was kept similar to that already approved. AR’s contemporary approach focused on simplifying the massing and materials to create a set of stream-lined, modest homes.
Spread over three floors, the house is designed to appear at one storey from Old Castle Road, a flat roof employed for minimum impact. Two elements sit below, pushed around a central core to break up their mass. The façade is opened in spaces to capture aspect, and the pods rotated to avoid overlooking between the houses, and maximise views in all directions. Finally, the two lower floors are submerged in the landscape, obscuring the lower elements.
Castle Cove’s site has been a determining factor in both the design and planning application, the project being submitted in April 2017. Five months later, the approval has assured the new proposal will add a modest contemporary approach to the picturesque Portland Harbour.
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The site plan as well as generic floor plans can be seen below.
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