HA celebrated a brilliant 2014 by getting together for cocktails at The Magazine, Zaha Hadid’s addition to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, and Bar 190 in the Gore Hotel in Kensington. After a walk up through Christmas-lit Kensington Palace Gardens, we topped the evening off with an incredible meal at The Shed in Notting Hill; a great way to start the festive season and end the year!
One of the latest projects in the office is the extension and renovation of a traditional Cotswolds cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold. Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the scheme for the property involves re-proportioning the building after a series of irregular additions, and exploiting the views of the surrounding valley.
The Dulux Colour Awards entered their second year and this month the winners were selected. Ian Hogarth sat on the panel of experts, who were hosted by the Mondrian Hotel for the debate, which aims to commend and celebrate fresh and innovative use of colour in a variety of categories, architecture obviously being one! For more information on the awards visit the Dulux site.
The controversy is still raging with RBKC adding fuel to the fire by freezing 120 basement applications borough wide. The move was made following the crack-down on surge in underground living in the capital. Read Ian’s comments on the Architect’s Journal website.
Hogarth Architects are fully featured on the new Architects Republic website. The new and innovative database helps people find architects based on sector, budget location, providing an easy to use directory to search through. See more here.
HA are involved in an exciting project on Fulham Road in conjunction with Ride Republic, which is under construction at the moment. A break from our norm, the building is currently being converted into a state-of-the-art spinning studio, housing over 30 spinning bikes. The studio is set to open in January 2015.
With the construction boom still in full swing, the reins are becoming increasingly tightened in terms of the laws and policies affecting high-value properties, which is causing people to find creative ways to enlarge their homes or avoiding it altogether. Read Ian’s thoughts on the political mansion tax battle that is currently raging in Ruth Bloomfield’s article in the Times this month here.
Another incredibly successful Open House session came and went this year, as the door at the end of Russell Gardens Mews was opened to the public. Record numbers came by (over 2000!) on the beautifully sunny Sunday to look around the house. Members of the team were on hand throughout the day answering questions and giving tours and we tried to get as many people round as we could. Apologies to anyone who wasn’t able to have a look this year, but there’ll be another chance in 2015 – we’re already looking forward to it!
It’s all-systems-go onsite on Settrington Road at the moment. Work is progressing fast on the property, which overlooks South Park. A full basement has been dug out and the striking double height glass on the rear façade is being fitted.
We were thrilled to find out this month that planning has been approved for the construction of four surfer’s cottages in Bude. The scheme involves the demolition of the existing structure to make way for the new-build properties, which boast double-height spaces in the living room and dining areas and sea-view balconies, as well as tripling the existing square footage of the site.
The ever-increasing focus on basement living in London means that greater scrutiny is being placed on the pros and cons of digging down. The boundaries on basements are being constantly pushed, sometimes to absurd reaches. Ian shared his thoughts on the matter with Tim Dowling of The Guardian for his recent feature exploring the current contentions. Read the article here.
It’s that time of year again when London gets a sneak peak behind the otherwise closed doors of London’s private architecture. Taking place on 20th and 21st September, Open House once again features some of the best buildings in the city. HA’s Hidden House is open from 10am-6pm on Sunday 21stthis year.
Progress is moving well onsite in Wandsworth. Westover Road is a rear and side infill extension of a family home with a generous garden. The kitchen is being extensively remodelled to create a light and airy communal space, and the views of the outside are capitalised upon with full-length sliding glass doors.
We were lucky enough to be able swap visits with another practice this month. Like Russell Gardens Mews, Henning Stummell's Camden workshop was also featured on Grand Designs and they graciously welcomed us into their office and home and showed us around, just in the knick of time as they're currently relocating. The project is incredible and another example of what can be acheived in London with expertise and a little imagination...
HA have gone pro in the football fixtures and joined the London Architecture Football League. Their hard work and training means they're going from strength to strength in matches and moving up their division with their eyes set on promotion by the end of the architecture season.
As a practice we have now decided to move to a new approach to planning applications - cake! To mark Ian's birthday this year, we constructed one of the latest projects, which is currently in for planning in Devon, entirely out of battenburg - his favourite cake. Happy Birthday Ian!
Work has now finished on Doneraile Street, just in time for the beautifully bespoke extension to be fully utilised in the sunny summer weather. Floor-to-ceiling glass and a structure-free corner give a unique and seamless link between the house and garden. More photos can be seen on the project page.
The time came once more for Hogarth Architects to roll up their sleeves and dust off the trainers in time for summer Sports Day. We picked our places near the Serpentine Pavilion and ran, threw and kicked our way around on a lovely evening as our inner competitive streaks launched into full throttle. We also coincided with the Serpentine Opening, and ended up with a free gig from Pharrell!
Work on this listed building has involved a thoughtful and sensitive design approach to overcome numerous planning hurdles. The internal floor layouts and levels have been rearranged and the rear of the building has been opened up to improve the relationship between the inside and outside spaces. This is achieved through a double-height space with feature two-storey glazing provides a spectacular vista of the back garden.