Will we continue building with concrete, knowing its environmental impact? Architects wanting to build to last should look beyond materials that contribute to global warming.
Choosing local, natural materials where possible is a solid starting point, but experience tells us the obvious answer isn’t always the most sustainable. When creating a space that is designed to last, the durability of materials will also have an impact on sustainability. Whatever happens over the next hundred years, the planet will adapt – but will we? Materials that are kinder to our environment are right in front of us. If we wait any longer before choosing sustainable solutions, our concrete walls may well come tumbling down.
APAM and its joint venture partner Patron Capital have won the Business Park Innovation Award for transforming one of the oldest established business parks in the Thames Valley into a sustainable 21st century work environment with modern amenities and a vibrant park life in stunning surroundings.
The media centre is a handmade credenza designed using traditional air dried oak from Castle Howard in Yorkshire and bespoke glass doors by West Country Artist Antonia MacGregor. Handcrafted into a stunning piece by London Furniture Maker Max Payne. It’s fitted to give full conference facilities.
Traditional skills, textured contrasts, turning the ordinary into the very best, free from the idea of just being a credenza. Images expressing the natural beauty of woodland branches, promoting the conversation with nature and blurring the boundary between design and art.
How to climb the property ladder without moving home
Would you pay £164,000 for an extra bedroom? That’s the average cost of upgrading from a three-bedroom house to a four-bedroom house in the UK, in Suburban London it’s an unaffordable £247,000. With rising house prices many people are discovering new ways to increase their space – and one of the ways is with an eco-friendly garden home or home extension.
A more creative approach to rooftop architecture could unlock the potential for a different type of architectural space. As London's buildings are re-purposed and re-imagined the roofscape is an opportunity - not just to build more floors but to build spaces of a quality that delight.
Not often do we see an artistic legacy that lasts over 80 years, but the work and the studio of Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan nurtures artists well beyond their lifespan.
London-based artists Fedden and Trevelyan lived in a unique riverside studio in Hammersmith for decades, and it inspired their life’s work. Durham Wharf studio was home to the artists from 1951 until Trevelyan’s death in 1988 and Fedden’s in 2012.
Sawdust keeping your Eco Home warm
This simple but clever machine compresses waste sawdust from our structural timbers into logs for wood burning stoves.
Growing timber for construction is a renewable resource that does not use large amounts of energy to produce and allows us to fulfil our commitment to minimizing waste and protecting eco-systems.
A CONTEMPORARY FLOATING HOME ON THE THAMES IN WEST LONDON an article by Design Hunter
"This one bedroom floating home on the River Thames in West London was designed by Hertfordshire based company Eco Floating Homes. Bright, modern and stylish, built from sustainable, low maintenance materials.
There is a sustained trend for couple orientated breaks that deliver an experience achieving healthy returns on investment.
London Zoo is not the first zoo to maximise revenues in this way, the photograph shows visitors to Bristol Zoo in the 1920’s enjoying being onboard an ark on the zoo lake.
We built this contemporary two storey eco home as the central feature for the 2012 Grand Designs Live Show at London’s Excel Centre. Our home was so successful that Grand Designs are still using it to promote the show in 2016.
The low impact, sustainable design was visited by more than 85,000 people and looked as good at the end of the show as when it opened.
Henley Regatta in the 1900's was an excellent opportunity to help Americans dispose of their superfluous dollars entertaining British nobility. The Edwardian surge in houseboat numbers at Henley was aided by the introduction of steam turbines to transatlantic liners that reduced crossing times to just a few days.
As some moorings have size restrictions we are required to exercise our design ingenuity to give our clients the light filled rooms and outdoor connection with nature they want.