Planning submitted for new office and residential floors over an existing Victorian warehouse in Acton, London.
A new build extension completed to a single family house in a unique setting in Reigate, Surrey. The site is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the North Downs.
Planning approval has been gained for changes to 42 Shepherds Hill. Planning permission includes for a new single family residence tucked in alongside the main house, a new external stair and new rear extensions at ground and lower ground floor.
In recent times the existing house has struggled with a slight identity dilemma as it is somewhat on its own and surrounded by larger apartment and townhouse blocks. It is too large as a single family house but did not cope well as a split family house. The new design transforms the existing house into a property better equipped for a more flexible residential use. The street elevation maintains its existing dominating proportion and the conservation appeal of the period property with new subservient modern extensions. The less appealing rear elevation of the main house due to its numerous changes is enhanced with a new rear ground and lower ground level extension.
Positively, the planner encouraged and embraced the idea of a modern language for the new additions to complement and stand out from the period property. This helped create a new character to the house and avoided a pastiche of recreating the old.
JGA, in collaboration with Lewis Bailie, have submitted a multi-family townhouse design proposal for a open international competition in China. Molewa is part of an ambitious project to pioneer how "new urbanization" can be achieved in conjunction to promoting cultural and architectural innovation. The "new town" is one solution to decentralize the population surge to the cities by creating new towns is rural areas bring economic growth and income to the these areas in an effort to overcome the significant socioeconomic problem in China of over populating the cities. Our proposal is one part of a larger site that lies along the outer finger of the Yangtze River. A major part of the new town development is the creation of one of the world's largest flower-themed parks that will feature as part of the "new urbanization" attraction.
The design concept for the multi-family townhouses draws inspiration from the European townhouse model that is tried and tested as a great example of dense urban housing and combines that with an element of the Chinese vernacular. The design proposal incorporates features of the traditional Chinese courtyard and garden theme by situating the townhouses around a raised garden podium which denotes a separation between public and private areas. The houses themselves are abstracted monolithic blocks with punched holes that form windows to the views towards the new flower garden and the Yangtze River.