In praise of shadows
Play of light and shadow on the textured masonry wall.
A sketch of the Victorian stacks at the London Library – farewell to the Librarian, Inez Lynn.
Our second project for the V&A museum is complete. The new Member’s Reception features a ‘living’ chandelier by Julian Melchiorri.
Commonweal Housing Competition
First view of our winning proposal for an Ideas Competition for Commonweal Housing. The brief calls for new models for temporary housing for vulnerable, migrant workers who would otherwise be homeless. Our solution proposes the use of salvaged construction materials to create individual bedroom pods. More details here.
Rain Forest Green
One of the amazing pieces of marble used in our project at the V&A Museum. The new tunnel entrance opens to the public on Thursday, 29th June.
We recently completed work on this property on New Bond Street. Our refurbishment of the entrance has introduced a wall of bespoke marble tiles.
Kingston University End of Year Show
Work by Jim’s students from Unit 5 of the MArch course at Kingston University is on display at the Knights Park Campus, Grange Road. The exhibition runs until 21st June.
We’ve been exploring ideas for new housing models. This idea, which won a prize at XCO2’s Greenskythinking competition, makes the most of under-utilised spaces, such as sites landlocked by railways. It uses pre-fabricated homes delivered by rail, with energy supplied from PVs on the track. Our proposal shows how redundant rolling-stock can be converted to 1 and 2 bedroom homes.
Our submission can be viewed here.
We’re gearing up for a couple of buildings in our Royal Parks – Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park and Teddington Cricket Club in Bushy Park. Both projects will use pre-fabricated timber framing to enable quick builds and a low carbon footprint. They have also been featured in the Architect’s Journal – here.
Work in progress – Hampton
An old grapevine is preserved on our Hampton site as building work gets underway.
Planning permission for a new studio
We’re delighted to confirm that planning permission has been granted for a new rehearsal studio, kitchen and offices at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. More info here.
Work in progress – Caterham
Wood burner being tested for a residential refurbishment project in Caterham, Surrey.
We are excited to be working with Pocket Living on a new affordable housing scheme in Barking. Pocket Living sells well designed and affordable, compact 1 bedroom homes to local first time buyers at at least 20% below market value. They are working with over half of London boroughs but this is their first project in Barking and Dagenham. Around a quarter of Pocket Living’s home are delivered through modular construction to speed up delivery, improve quality and reduce disruption to local residents and we are exploring how this technique could be used on this scheme.
A 1:2 prototype for a Japanese teahouse made by Unit 5 students from Kingston University whilst staying at FabCafe, Hida, Japan. The unit is run by Jim Reed (Reed Watts Architects) and Takeshi Hayatsu (6a Architects).
A house in the mountains
A house in the mountains, sketched on Jim’s recent study trip to Hida, Japan.
Teaching at Kingston University
First day of teaching with Kingston University students at Dorich House Museum.
The pavilion was erected by last year’s Unit 5 students.
We are working on extensions to neighbouring properties in Teddington. The two projects adopt similar design principles, but reflect the individuality of each owner.