Brief Extensions at the rear of cramped and boxy Georgian terraced house were demolished and replaced by a rear extension, together with remodelling works to the upper floors, to provide a light and spacious contemporary living space.
Approach The rear extension is realised as two stacked black boxes, providing a strong visual contrast against the rich mix of London Stock brick walls of the original houses. Large openings were punctuated to ensure generous daylighting and views to the garden.
The ground floor living spaces are defined as 4 distinct areas, through changes in light and use of materials. The main family space, complete with fireplace opens to the garden, and the kitchen aligns to the roof light above. Joinery is employed to enhance the visual separation of the living areas, whilst concealing the staircase, storage and utility areas.
Refurbishment of the upper floors included replacement a new folded timber panelled stair, whilst bathrooms and bedroom spaces were remodelled in keeping with the simple and subtle palette of materials.
Details Location: Islington, London, UK Client: A&S Donaldson Status: Completed 2015 Photography: Richard Chivers
West Heath Drive
Brief The project involved conversion and extension of the existing redundant loft within an Arts & Crafts house in Golders Green. Essential to the project’s success was to transform the space into a light and spacious guest suite and study. The client wanted this space to evoke a sense of being on holiday, or escape in which it would be ideal to work quietly, read or listen to music.
Approach The T-shaped plan together with steep and awkward roof angles, led to a central circulation arrangement with the key spaces—study, living and bathroom located at the extremities of the plan with the central space used for the stairs and a games space. The partitioning has been designed to blend seamlessly with the roof pitch using rough sawn tongue and groove boards with separation of the spaces provided by the inventive use of sliding panels and bookcase, removing the need for typical doors.
Details Location: Golders Green, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2014 Photography: Richard Chivers
Brief Located on the De Beauvoir Estate, within the conservation area, in Hackney, the project involved the refurbishment and extension of an early Georgian terraced house. The clients, both lawyers, were drawn to the house because of its historical context and they did not want to lose the sense of its Georgian origins. The house required a mix of contemporary spaces that let light in and offered views to the garden and surroundings, whilst providing more traditional spaces that echoed their interest in history and literature.
Approach Linear brickwork was chosen to complement the London Stock Brick of the original houses, whilst large openings were punctuated into the extensions to ensure generous daylighting and views to the garden.
The rear extension was allowed to extend slightly forward of the rear of the house providing a small dining/study area off the kitchen. The kitchen is partially segmented from the lower ground floor of the main house which has an open plan arrangement. The vertical circulation is offered by a timber staircase with oak louvres to the upper floors, whilst the original Georgian stair between the raised ground and first floors was reinstated, together with the plaster works and mouldings. The interior fittings and furniture offered an enhanced sense of modern living.
Details Location: Hackney, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2014 Photography: Richard Chivers
Brief To create a flexible, contemporary dwelling for family use. The total remodelling and upwards extension of an early Victorian house in North London. Leaving only the front and rear facades, the roof was replaced with a timber clad extension to create a new upper floor.
Approach By designing a series of fluid spaces and maximising daylight through a series of pivoting walls, AMA has created a family friendly home. The split level nature of the house offers contrasting views: the neighbouring gardens from the lower levels contrast with the dramatic cityscape from the rooftop.
Details Location: Camden, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2012 Photography: Richard Chivers
Brief The redevelopment of a rural barn into a private house and recording studio. The site is within the Teign Valley, and located on the hillside, with panoramic views of the South Devon coastline.
Approach The existing barn has been retained as the focal point of the new dwelling. A three storey wing to the rear houses the bedrooms and a recording studio and a single storey wing houses the principal living accommodation. A series of accommodation modules, reflecting the width of the existing barn, follow a logical symmetry for construction, lighting and views. The modules work upwards from a stone plinth, forming large openings to views across the coastline. A glazed link running parallel to the barn connects the building together whilst offering clear views of an internal landscaped courtyard.
Details Location: South Devon, UK Client: Private Status: Planning consent granted
Brief The proposal for the Courtyard House sits on a derelict site in a West London conservation area, and replaces a workshop and garages that have lain redundant for at least the past 30 years. The client had explored development of the plot without success and wished to re-evaluate the potential of putting a small house on the site.
Approach This new home sits discreetly on the site and is barely visible from the road. The house is split into two main areas, the front block, street-side, works as a living space with the rear block designated for the bedrooms. Each block overlaps to create an entrance hall, whilst externally this provides two courtyard gardens either end of the house.
Details Location: Mapesbury, London, UK Client: British Land PLC Status: Feasibility Only
Brief The project involved the complete remodelling of a 74sqm, 1st floor apartment in a post-war building in Pimlico, London. The accommodation had not been refurbished since the 1970s, and needed a great deal of attention. The client purchased the building for the future use of their grandchildren, and key to the brief was to create 3 separate bedrooms with 2 separate bathrooms, alongside ample living accommodation.
Approach The layout is configured as a central corridor with two main areas: bathroom and kitchen to the rear with living room and bedrooms, overlooking Belgrave Road. This arrangement has been emphasised further by creating two distinct zones: one with oak panelling, and one with a dramatic storage wall that runs the length of the apartment.
Details Location: Pimlico, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2013 Photography: Richard Chivers
Brief To transform a former West London brewery into 100 sq m headquarters for a record company. To create a dynamic workspace, that is both flexible and informal with a variety of break out areas and meeting spaces. Keeping the spirit of the company, with all its musical heritage, whilst creating a lively working environment.
Approach To create a central focus surrounding the main sound-proofed meeting area. To integrate the various spaces AMA devised a horizontal slot through the main wall, this intervention acts a catalyst for creativity. Using bespoke joinery with a curated collection of furniture from Tom Dixon, Maarten Van Severen to Vitra and B&B Italia. The finish and feel kept in tandem with the record label branding. Delivered to a tight timescale.
Details Location: Latimer Rd, London, UK Client: Distiller Records Group Status: Completed 2013 Photography: Richard Chivers
Brief The conversion of three units within a 1980s mews house forming part of a Post-modern courtyard development into high quality, contemporary and sustainable offices that respect the context and language of its setting.
Approach The main circulation of the building was reorganised by forming a new entrance to the building, where a central lobby leads to a new winding stair to the rear of the space. The stair and lobby act as a divide between the formal office spaces and the more informal and service spaces, whilst the stairs new position allows daylight to flood through.
The timber framed fenestration was switched for an aluminium system to maximise daylight through the space. A funnelled roof section creates a dramatic focal point from the top floor.
Details Location: Notting Hill, London, UK Client: Private Status: To planning only
Brief The brief was to create one family home from two semi-detached Victorian villas. The project required extensive refurbishment of both properties, whilst connecting them on every level. Significant structural work to reorganise the existing floor plans, and the design and installation of a new cantilevered Portland stone staircase, formed part of the major works. AMA worked closely with the client on the interior design throughout.
Approach The primary focus of the house was the lower ground floor where the spaces were opened up to their maximum potential to create a modern living space for all the family that opened onto the garden. The raised ground floor was organised as a series of formal reception rooms, each with a separate identity incorporating a dining room, drawing room and lounge together with a wood panelled library. Two staircases, one in each villa and including the new stone stair provided circulation to the upper floors including the master suite and bedrooms. A seamless synthesis of the two properties was achieved.
AMA worked continually and in close collaboration with the client developing the whole interior design approach. Contemporary furniture combined with found objects, luxury lighting and wallpaper enhanced the originality and individuality of this project.
Details Location: Belsize Park, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2011 Photography: Simon Bevan
Brief The project required the creation of a two-storey annexe that connected to the main house. It needed to provide a gym and changing facilities on the ground floor, with a guest flat above. The gym required a fully sprung dance floor whilst being able to heat to 40º C, with an adjoining steam room. The design had to blend within the conservation area and use render to match the house.
Approach Both floors of the annexe are independent from each other and only accessed via the main house. The gym is designed as a seamless box with mirrors and maple ply panels. The heating radiates from a series of flush heating panels set within the ceiling. The gym overlooks the garden and swimming pool, whilst the changing facilities are at the front and configured as a series of carved spaces. The dark palette used in the steam room is offset with marble to give a spa-like feel.
The guest flat benefits from high ceilings with tall windows overlooking the garden. The living space and bedrooms are separated by a centrally constructed bathroom and kitchenette. A series of small scale skylights add to the overall playfulness of the interior.
— Small space living — Gym — Focus on interiors with furniture and lighting from e15, Ochre and Tom Dixon — Successful contemporary extension in conservation area
Details Location: Belsize Park, London, UK Client: Private Status: Completed 2011
Brief To transform a post-war semi-suburban house, by designing a statement rear extension whilst opening up the interior to create a spacious, light and airy family home and all on a small budget. This scheme was also designed to maximise the space under Permitted Development.
Approach By radically remodelling and enlarging an existing lean-to, extending by four metres and using the pitched roof to give an increased sense of height. The extension has been designed to to be clad in zinc to create both a seamless transition from roof to walls whilst providing a dramatic contrast to the existing pebble dash.
Details Locations: Kensal Rise, London, UK Client: Private Status: Granted consent January 2014