Best For Rethinking Flats!
Super thrilled to have been listed in The Times as the architect best for rethinking flats!
Super thrilled to have been listed in The Times as the architect best for rethinking flats!
We are thrilled to have organised the Winkley Estate Open Studios as part of the London Festival of Architecture this year. RFF and eleven other practices within the Winkley Estate will be opening our doors for a series of exhibitions, films, talks and beers. The fun starts at 4pm on Thursday 16th June 2016 and we really hope you will be able to join us! You read more on the LFA 2016 on their website and on the RIBA's website, download the RIBA Open Studio guide here. Keep you're eyes peeled on our instagram feed, as well as the Winkley Estate [@WinkleyEstate] feed.
We are super pleased that College Road was awarded Most Cost Effective Project at NLA's Don't Move Improve! 2016. Congratulations to the other winners too, you can see the full resuts here. An exhibition of all longlisted, shortlist and winning schemes in on at the NLA until Thursday 31st March 2016. There is also an open day on Saturday 27 February 2016 where you can book architect and style consultations... make an appointment here!
We are thrilled to have been included in New Architects 3, the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005. The book is publish in March 2016, you can pre-order a copy here!
We are thrilled to see College Road featured on Dwell! You can see the full article here...
We are thrilled that AM Live Work has been shortlisted for a NLA New London Awards 2015! The winner is announced on July 7th 2015, so fingers crossed till then.
We are super thrilled that both Sherbrooke House and City View House have been featured in Small and Chic Interiors by Manel Guitierrez Couto [Loft Publications]! All photographs by Peter Landers.
City View House has been featured on Homify's article on "Nostalgic Interiors". We are super pleased they feel the design brings together modern and retro perfectly!
We are looking for someone to make a very simple, but elegant, white card model for a project we have in De Beauvoir. The model will be of the existing house, neighbouring houses, gardens and our proposals: All at 1:50. It will be approximately a week to ten days work. If you are interested in joining the office to help with this please send an email to email@example.com. Please put "i can make a model" as the subject heading and attach three images of a relevant model you have made. Thanks so much!
studio DA's submission to the Monumental Masonry competition has been top 25 shortlisted! The submission artwork will go on display at the Sir John Soane's Museum from December 6th 2014.
studio DA is the office formed by Pereen d'Avoine and Pierre d'Avoine to work on exhibitions, special small projects and competitions.
What a great way to start the week... City View House has been featured in Deco's Interior Design magazine and a copy fresh of the press arrived in today's post.
RUSSIAN FOR FISH IRONMONGERY has finally launched.... we are thrilled! A range of pull handles are available online at www.russianforfishironmongery.com, futher handles to follow soon! Massive thanks to Claude d'Avoine for our awesome branding and Peter Landers for the beautiful photography.
Super thrilled that City View House has been featured on Design Milk's 12 Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchens! "Kitchens can often feel overrun with clutter and a great way to avoid that is to keep the overall design simple and scaled back. Scandinavian-inspired kitchens are probably the best example of this approach, keeping cabinets clean and the details sparse, while still remaining visually appealing. Take a look at 12 Scandinavian-inspired kitchens that are doing it well."
After 18 months, a refused appeal and lengthy negotiations, planning permission has finally be granted for a full width, rear extension at St George's Cottage. We are super thrilled!
Clad in handmade clay tiles to match the original first floor facade, with hardwood doors leading out into the garden, the proposed extension is a contemporary addition to the traditional cottage.
Work is due to start in Spring 2015... we can't wait to get going!
We are really pleased that City View House has been featured on Houzz. You can read the full article here...
After a frustrating planning process, our appeal for HCA has been granted! The Inspector's report stated that "The design is high quality and the use of zinc panels would provide a practical solution to covering the roof slope and would add a contemporary twist to the proposal... From the Avenue, the new back door and zinc cladding above would be recessed but the use of zinc would be likely to make it noticeable in the streetscene. Whilst that would be a change it would not be harmful. It would merely signal a contemporary rear extension." We are thrilled that the Inspector had such a positive response to the scheme.
We've been working away on RUSSIAN FOR FISH IRONMONGERY... see our prototype brass sliding door bolt above. Looking forward to launching soon!
We are delighted to be collaborating with Joanna Burtenshaw at NW3... the mural is underway and we can't wait to see the results. It is already looking AMAZING!
Had a lovely weekend in Dungeness, the beach is fantastic... although pebbles make the legs weary! It was fantastic to see all the architectural gems, get a little windswept and sample the local fish and chips. [Photograph of the Rubber House by Simon Condor]
Fircroft Road has started on site! We are super pleased to be working with Black Olive Tree again, the contractor behind City View House. The project is due to complete in June... keep you eye on the news section for updates.
Visited the Ruin Lust exhibition at the Tate Britain today. There are some beautiful pieces on show, including several paintings by Turner, photographs by Louise and Jane Wilson and collages by John Stezaker. Not to mention a screenprint that we would recommend to all clients!
Points to Remember when Buying a House, Jeffery Edwards, 1970
RUSSIAN FOR FISH has just returned from Porto and is feeling inspired! The relatively small city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to architectural gems by Alvaro Siza Vieira, Eduardo Souto de Moura and Agostinho Ricca to name but a few. We stayed at Sao Bento in the Downtown district, central enough to walk to many of the sites, or a short metro ride from Trindade where you can pick up all metro lines. We were really lucky with the weather, which made visiting Fundacao de Serralves, Bairro da Bouca, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Boavista, the Coliseu, Torre Burgo, the Ponte Luis I and the Casa da Musica all the more wonderful [scroll down for all our photographs]. But, the place we really wanted to visit was the Pacina das Marés by Siza Vieira.
We knew that the Pacina das Marés was located in the Matosinhos district, but had trouble finding more detailed directions than that. After a few trial and errors we made it, so if you are interested, here is how to get there: Take the blue [A] metro line towards Senhor de Matosinhos. Get down at Mercado, the penultimate stop. Just by the metro stop is a large concrete market; fish on the ground floor, vegetable and chickens on the first floor. If it is open, take a look: Built between 1936 and 1946, by Porto based ARS-Arquitectos, it remains largely unchanged and is an amazing space! From Mercado you can take the 507 bus towards Senhor de Matosinhos, all the way to Avenida da Liberdade, or you can walk across the large steel bridge, past the dock and on to the beach front… it’s approx. 2-3 miles. Halfway along Avenida da Liberdade you will reach the pools.
Towards the end of Avenida da Liberdade buried in the rock face is Casa de Cha da Boa Nova, the 1963 teahouse built by Siza Vieira. Unfortunately it was closed, under major refurbishment, not that we were too upset… it’s just another reason to go back!
Matosinhos Market_ ARS-Arquitectos [1936-46]
Bairro da Bouca_ Siza Vieira 1975-2006
Casa da Musica_ OMA 2005
City View House is featured in At Home magazine this month! Check our our top tips...
Phase 01 at NW3 is now complete and we are looking forward to photographing it... however, we couldn't resist showing a sneak peak of the etched brass, glass laminated balustrade!
After several months of waiting for the issue of a Licence to Alter, we have finally started on site at HPG. The Grade II Listed apartment is undergoing a major refurbishment and we are super pleased to be working with Bryn Griffiths again, the contractor behind Tapestry Court Penthouse and Pavilion.
We are thrilled that archilovers.com has chosen City View House as one of their featured projects! Check it out here...
RFF is back in the big smoke after a wonderful two weeks in our second favourite city Mumbai. We were very careful to eat no corn!
We're thrilled... Claude d'Avoine has designed RUSSIAN FOR FISH's christmas card for a second year!
The office will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 to Monday 6th January 2014.
Wishing everybody a very merry Christmas.
2013 has been a great year for RUSSIAN FOR FISH! We have been luckily enough to have some wonderful projects in the office, be named as one of the best up and coming London architectural practices and establish sister company RUSSIAN FOR FISH IRONMONGERY. To celebrate we thought we would put together our very first newletter... we hope 2014 is just as exciting!
You can view the full newsletter here!
RUSSIAN FOR FISH has been named in The Telegraph Luxury section as one of London's best up and coming architectural practices!
See the full article here.
RFF is thrilled that City View House has been featured in the Evening Standard Homes & Property today!
You can see the article here.
After several long days on site, Visualising Atmospheres: Digital Placemaking In The 21st Century is open. The image above is the installation in progress... come to the exhibition to see it complete!
The exhibition runs till the 30th August at the Building Centre, Store Street, London.
In the so-called ‘experience economy’, architecture and urban design have become vital to place-making and urban branding strategies, as cities re-invent themselves on a global stage. Digital visualisations of buildings and places are crucial tools for imagining and designing new urban developments, as well as for projecting what they will feel like. They have become an ubiquitous part of the urban visual landscape, and now constitute the main platform for interaction and communication between architects, developers, planners, and the public.
This exhibition takes a closer look at digital visualisations. It explores what lies behind the glossy surface of the images we see, and how they are changing the way in which architects work. Focusing on a large-scale urban transformation project in Doha, Qatar, designed by British and US architects, the exhibition explores the complex processes of digital image production. It examines how these images circulate between architects, visualisers and their client; it explores the impact they have on design development; and it interrogates their attempt to shape how people will experience urban spaces in the future across the globe.
Kingston University Diploma Unit 4 has an exhibition of their year's work at No. 28 Belper. Pierre d'Avoine, myself and the students had a great day yesterday and the exhibition in open again today from 10am - 4pm. In case Unit 4's work isn't enough to tempt you, we are also joined by Degree Unit 2.3, who were also sited in the Derwent Valley for semester 01.
Oh, and we almost forgot to mention... there is a food festival on. So, if you get tired of architecture, you can always munch instead!
RFF is really pleased to be part of Architect in the House 2013, the joint charitable initiative by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter. This is our third year taking part in the scheme and today we were thrilled to meet the homeowner matched with us or 2013! The consultations associated with AITH are always exciting and today was no exception... we are excited to see how the project moves forward.
There is still time to sigh up to AITH... register for your consultation by visiting www.architectinthehouse.org.uk and be matched to a local RIBA chartered architect best suited to meet your requirements.
STUDIO DA [the name under which RFF and Pierre d'Avoine Architects collaborate] is thrilled to be working on Visualising Atmospheres: Digital placemaking on the 21st century. The exhibition will take place in August 2013 at the Building Centre, London and is based on the ESRC research project ‘Architectural Atmospheres: The impact of digital visualising technologies on contemporary architectural practice’ for The Open University and Brunel University.
RFF has developed a range of bespoke ironmongery, the prototypes of which have been installed at City View House. We are hoping to put the range into production soon. Watch this space!
Works to City View House are now complete and we are really pleased with the transformation of the studio into a spacious one bedroom apartment. We were really excited that photographer Peter Landers could shoot the flat and can't wait to see the results... photographs uploaded soon!
It has been a busy start to 2013, with one project on site and 5 new projects in concept stage! The beginning of a project is so exciting, especially when we get to create brick specials! They are just a starting point, but looking forward to a year of masonry.
The stairs to the mezzanine have been constructed at City View House. By this time next week the new window will in, if the snow holds off. The project is moving along rapidly and we should be off site in four weeks!
Next week the bespoke ironmongery goes into production... fingers crossed!
RFF is really pleased to have been featured on Crane.tv. You can view the video here!
It is great to see strip out this week... the image above shows where the kitchen once was. We are looking forward to seeing the bespoke kitchen installed at the other end of the apartment. With a construction period of only eight weeks, we don't have long to wait!
Had a great day yesterday shooting with Tom Gildon at Tapestry Court. Can't wait to see the results!
The carpet have been laid at Tapestry Court... we are only a week away from handover!
The client has chosen a beautiful blue carpet. It brightens the whole apartment and looks wonderful against the River Thames backdrop.
Claude d'Avoine has designed RUSSIAN FOR FISH's christmas card this year! Hurray!
The office will be closed from Friday 21st December 2012 to Wednesday 2nd January 2013.
Wishing everybody a very merry Christmas.
We are really pleased that MAKE-ROOM have invited our OB unit C undergrad students to present their proposals for an urban farm on the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham. The event is public, so please feel free to come along. The more the merrier!
Works to the Tapestry Court's first floor apartment have started on site. The demolition stage is always exciting!
The London Borough Richmond-upon-Thames [LBRUT] planning department is currently assessing our scheme for a property on Twickenham Green. It has been a lengthy process with a pre-planning application submitted last year and the full planning application submitted in May 2012.
As yet no decision has been reached and we have been working with LBRUT to resolve several issues.
The scheme has made RFF review the Community Infrastructure Levy [CIL] which was took effect on 1st April 2012, in detail. Any new development within London will be subject to the CIL and Twickenham Green, in the LBRUT, is subject to a charge of £50 per square m.
Our scheme at Twickenham Green consists of a refurbishment and extension to ground floor commercial premises, refurbishment to a first floor flat and a second floor extension, providing an addition one bedroom flat. As expected the second floor extension is deemed a new development. Unexpectedly, the refurbishment of the first floor flat has also been deemed a new development; we are altering access to the flat. This implies that the CIL would be applicable to 109 sq. m of ‘new’ residential development in total.
Further investigations and conversations with a planning consultant, however, highlight that only the extension is subject to the CIL: Development within the existing building is exempt. In addition the area of the existing attic space at roof [second floor] level, which will now be part of the new flat, is deductable from the area of the extension, further reducing the chargeable area.
Twickenham Green has proved a useful exploration into the CIL and it’s impact on projects costs, particularly where small projects are concerned.
Above plan taken from the Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule, published by the Greater London Authority.
Had a wonderfully wet evening playing crazy golf. The course was designed by Bompas and Parr, lots of fun...
Tapestry Court has been featured as one of the Home Tours on Apartment Therapy. Super pleased to have had the oppotrunity to show Eleanor Busing around the property and talk to her about its amzing history.
Underside of the temporary seating at the Aquatic Centre.
Hurray... got tickets to the sychronised swimming! Bonus is getting see the Aquatics Centre up close.
Off to see Pierre d'Avoine and Daniel Serafimovski speak about their LMU Diploma Unit's work this Friday at The Wallbrook Building. Part of the NLA's Developing the City Exhibition.
Research trip to Kew Gardens. Wonderful to see The Sackler Crossing by John Pawson.
Likewise the Treetop Walkway by Marks Barfield Architects.
Great views of the torch as it sails past site.
Lightbox is getting installed! Furnture maker Gavin Coyle in action.
Office trip to see the Tim Burton exhibition. Amazing.