All about that base(ment)

Ian’s basement expertise was called on once again this month to discuss the hot topic that keeps getting hotter. Grand Designs visited Russell Gardens Mews this month to film for their future feature on the problems with building in an over-crowded, urban environment.

A ROYAL ENCOUNTER

HA director Claire Farrow moved in royal circles this month when the Duchess of Cambridge joined a charity coffee morning for Family Friends. Claire volunteers for the charity, which helps and support disadvantaged families in the community. Their aims are to give confidence back through befriending and support, with an emphasis on ‘helping families help themselves’. Read more about them here.

ARCHITECT OF THE WEEK — THE MODERN HOUSE

We were pleased to be featured as The Modern House’s first Architect of the Week of 2015 on their blog at the beginning of this year. The blog gives daily offerings of the latest and best architecture from around the globe, as well as current happenings in terms of market and design trends - a great way for us to start off 2015! See the feature here.

CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

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!

PROJECT IN PROGRESS: WEST DEYNE, COTSWOLDS

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.

DULUX COLOUR AWARDS 2015

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.

LESS SPACES, MORE FACES

Nearing the end of a busy and successful year, the HA office is now at full capacity. Like London living, space is becoming a sought-after commodity, as are the frequently stolen pens…! Meet all the current team members on our new people page.

HA ON ARCHITECTS REPUBLIC

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.

PROJECT ONSITE: FULHAM ROAD SW6

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.

HOT TOPIC IN THE TIMES

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.

FINDING THE HIDDEN HOUSE: OPEN HOUSE 2014

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!

PROJECT ONSITE: SETTRINGTON ROAD

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.

PLANNING SUCCESS IN CORNWALL

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.

HA IN THE GUARDIAN

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.

OPEN HOUSE

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.

PROJECT ONSITE: WESTOVER ROAD SW18

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.