The Times - New Build Hampstead House

Bricks & Mortar, 23/08/2019 - Martina Lees. Photos by French + Tye

Bricks & Mortar, 23/08/2019 - Martina Lees. Photos by French + Tye

Our new build house in Hampstead has been featured in The Times. Full project details will be on our website soon. The project also features a stand alone garden building which is also pictured above. The full details of the Yoga Dojo is featured on our projects page here.

Below is the online version which is also available on The Times Website here.

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New Architects 3

New Architects 3 is the definitive survey of the best British Architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005. The third book in the Architecture Foundation's highly influential series, it feature close to 100 practices, selected by a jury of leading critics and curators. As a portrait of the emerging talent in one of the worlds most consistently influential architectural cultures, New Architects 3 casts light on the future of architecture in the UK and beyond. The book features more than 450 illustrations of the selected practices' work and is introduced by the Pritzker Architects Prize laureate, Norman Foster. 

We were extremely pleased that we were able to share some of our work alongside some of Britains other best young architecture practices. We were able to share briefly our Essex Mews and Cecelia Road projects, which you can check out fully on our projects page. 

The Housing Design Handbook

by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty

Everyone deserves a decent and affordable home, a truth (almost) universally acknowledged. But housing in the UK has been in a state of crisis for decades, with too few homes built, too often of dubious quality, and costing too much to buy, rent or inhabit. It doesn’t have to be like this. Bringing together a wealth of experience from a wide range of housing experts, this completely revised edition of The Housing Design Handbook provides an authoritative, comprehensive and systematic guide to best practice in what is perhaps the most contentious and complex field of architectural design.

This book sets out design principles for all the essential components of successful housing design – including placemaking, typologies and density, internal and external space, privacy, security, tenure, and community engagement – illustrated with case studies of schemes by architecture practices working across the UK and continental Europe.

Written by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty – two recognised authorities in the field – and with contributions from more than twenty other leading practitioners, The Housing Design Handbook is an essential reference for professionals and students in architecture and design as well as for government bodies, housing associations and other agencies involved in housing.

Makeover - Conversions and extensions of homes and residential space

Makeover - MW Architects
Makeover - MW Architects

In the world of architecture and construction there is a general consensus that many existing residential buildings will have to be substantially renovated within the next few years – not only because they are technically outdated but also because their functionality and esthetics are no lon - ger in line with contemporary demands and requirements. For each venture of this type, the owners and architects must deal and come to terms with the existing structures. Some projects consist of only a few square meters within an old building while others exceed the size of the previ - ously existing living space.

Based on more than 100 carefully selected works, the whole scope of possibilities for extensions and conver - sions is presented – from multi-floor annexes, via newly designed existing spaces, to additional sections or merged spaces. Some of the interventions are understated, while others are preeminent, utilizing matching or contrasting materials, and exhibiting a great variety of different styles – whether minimalist, rustic, elaborate, elegant ..


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Grand Designs Magazine






We were recently featured in the Grand Designs magazine as a result of our success in adding extensions to existing houses, gaining bigger and better kitchen and eating spaces. Our founding director, Matthew Wood, also offers his insight into how to create the biggest difference in your house with the smallest of changes. If you want to learn how you can add an extension to your house in order to gain valuable extra space or learn Matthew's top tips then we highly recommend you read the full article! 









If you have an idea about how you could extend your house and gain the extra space you've always dreamed of or want to tell us what you thought of the article then please let us know in the comments below! 

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Home Work - Design solutions for working from home

Growing numbers of us work not only from home, but from anywhere; job flexibility has become a key requirement for employers and workers alike. This, in turn, has created new challenges for architects and designers – many of whom themselves start out working from home – who are tackling demand head on with innovative solutions that allow clients to transform their spaces to suit a wide range of needs, from multifunctional studios to homes that seamlessly combine work and family life. 

Divided into five thematic sections, this book explores the exciting variety of ways that the workplace can be integrated into the domestic environment. From stand-alone multifunctional furniture to mobile room dividers and dynamic solutions that fold out or pop up to create new work areas, each design addresses the unique needs of the space, client and working practices for which it was required, and tackles new questions about the rapidly evolving relationship between work and domestic life in the 21st century. 

This essential and timely resource for homeworkers and practitioners offers fresh ideas for how to strike the perfect balance between living and working at home.

This book gave us the opportunity for us to showcase our split level designs (Mackeson Road and Essex Mews) that connect eating, living and working spaces through the use of dramatic voids.