Our main priority is helping clients make great architecture that serves their needs and responds in a vital way to its context and cultural surroundings. In order to do this and to further the studios own knowledge base we invest in a wide programme of research which enables us to be inventive and to find new and sometimes unexpected solutions to the problems that we are posed.
We work in collaboration with like-minded consultants in order to further our thinking and skill level and since our inception, we have always looked to develope concepts grounded by good research that have a light touch on the planet, are low in carbon and energy-use. We look to our research to help us and our clients mitigate the impact of climate change.
11 PW is a remodelling and extension of a family home for a structural engineer in Surrey.
The client’s brief whilst a typical one for a growing family i.e. the requirement for additional living space, to incorporate open plan living and to have a better connection to the garden area, also required us to investigate the innovative use of cross laminated timber (CLT) as a construction and finish material.
With the use of CLT we have been able to investigate a component based system for the erection of the new areas, including the additional areas at roof level.
The orientation of the additions has been carefully modelled along with the glazed slots and aperture locations to maximise the use of natural daylight into the new areas.
A simple material palette of exposed timber internally and stucco externally have been investigated with the client in order to especially offer an element of individuality to the internal environment, something that they stipulated as a requirement of their brief.
The project also includes the use of air source heat pumps to upgrade the house heating system.