Episode Three – Swindon
Both the kitchen layout and the way in which we clad our home in this show were somewhat unconventional. Subsequently, we filmed in a number of very inspirational properties that featured unconventional kitchens and cladding. Including a futuristic, blue kitchen in South London, whereby the owner wanted to conceal and almost the disguise the kitchen. London-based architects, Bureau de Change, worked with the owners of this family home to give them the incognito kitchen they desired; with monolithic volumes creating a masking effect, concealing ample storage on one side and a cloakroom on the other. This allows the monochrome quality of the space to take the lead. Door edges are cleaved back to create geometric insets, which form handles, and whose elongated shape are repeated on the ceiling to create embedded lighting.
Bureau de Change is an award winning architecture practice founded by architects Katerina Dionysopoulou and Billy Mavropoulos. Its work is a direct product of the founders’ upbringing, passions and experiences – combining the pragmatism and formality of their architectural training with a desire to bring a sense of theatre, playfulness and innovation to the design of spaces, products and environments. The result is a studio where rigorous thinking and analysis are brought to life through prototyping, testing and making.
Within the last two years Bureau de Change has been shortlisted for the New London Architecture awards twice, the Architects Journal Awards 2015 and the RIBA Manser Medal 2016. The studio won Best International Retail Space – World Interior Awards 2015, Best House of the year – Sunday Times Awards 2016, Best House of the year – Harringey Awards 2016, the Silver Medal – London Design Awards 2016 and Breakthrough Act of the year – FX Awards 2016.
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In stark contrast to the South London kitchen, we also visited an industrial-style kitchen in North London whereby the owner wanted to create a kitchen that was going to be a piece of art. The owner was originally going to make it herself using copper until she discovered a company called Sola Kitchens who in fact specialise in using brass finishes in kitchens.
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We also filmed in our very own onscreen Architect’s kitchen, Ewald Van Der Straeten’s home in East London. Ewald’s home is a refurbishment of a Sir Denys Lasdun brutalist maisonette. He has modernised the original 1950s layout by creating a kitchen ‘pod’ that mimics contemporary open plan living. “It took me two years to design and renovate – the layout and interior was originally very 1980’s. The original kitchen was separate, I wanted to open it up, but due to being restricted by certain building regulations and because the building is listed I created the pod; a room within a room; thus still enlarging the psychological experience of the room and floor without no obstructions.”
In terms of cladding, we filmed in a couple’s cedar-clad house in East London, one of the smallest two-bedroom houses in the city. Design engineer Joe Stuart took on the mammoth challenge to create a dream home on a 38sqm plot in Plaistow. Joe chose cedar wood as his cladding of choice for a number of different reasons; firstly because of its uni directional stability, meaning it shouldn’t warp or twist; it’s a soft wood, so it’s more sustainable and cost-effective than a hard wood; aesthetically it looks great and it will last for around 50/60 years.
Joe is an Architectural Designer and Passivhaus Consultant for the architecture firm, Warehome. At Warehome we are not in the market of designing houses or products, we believe in creating homes and belongings. As such we feel a strong pull towards sustainable, quality solutions that are directly driven from the clients’ wants and needs. This approach allows us to do things a little differently. We are not bound by convention, and in fact thrive in questioning it. We are always looking for new ways to solve problems and are constantly bringing in new technologies from multiple markets to do so. We believe in client driven design, and as such we like to tailor the process to suit you as individuals.
Strikingly different to Joe’s choice of cladding, Michael Deeley, Director of Emulsion Architecture, when transforming a former off-licence building into three tranquil urban homes over four storeys, chose an industrial-inspired material palette, including Imar metal mesh and expressed steel beams, to differentiate between the old and new elements. The carefully chosen materials also reference the area’s industrial heritage and lend the exterior a bold, graphic quality that continues into the interior, complemented by the use of Japanese charred timber shou-sugi-ban cladding.
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