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.
Envisaged as a Civic focal point in a new regeneration masterplan in a South East London Borough our proposals for a new Civic Centre offers the local authority a new ‘one stop shop’ face to its community.
The brief calls for a range of uses to be accommodated within the new facility including, a council chamber, political offices, committee rooms, a registry, museum space, flexible civic working desks and a public café.
Our design response was developed to ensure that the democratic processes that are undertaken within the Council chamber are visible and showcased to the community with a prominent position on the street frontage.
Providing an architectural aesthetic that is both civic and welcoming is what leads to the inclusion of a loggia within the proposals. This element faces the new public plaza that forms part of the regeneration masterplan and whilst offering presence it also provides an opportunity for passive environmental measures to be investigated.
This project is another example of our collaborative work alongside BA architects.