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28.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Joinery Phase

Project SI_150 Westbourne Terrace

While many practices are taking a short break during the festive period we have taken the opportunity today to review two of our long running projects from the year now almost past. The work on our project in a Grade 2 listed building in Baywater is progressing well and we are now commencing the joinery stage in which many bespoke elements will be produced on site by a team of carpenters that we have selected on behalf of the client for completing this task.

The starting point of the phase will be to complete a tailor made wardrobe storage unit for one of the two bedrooms of the flat. We have decided to purchase a series of long strips of galvanised steel sliding channels and to cut them onsite according to the design of wardrobes. This option is very economical and it also allows a great deal of flexibility in terms of depth and overall size of the storage elements. This method is in keeping with the integrity of our views towards delivering a more personalised product for our client.

During our visit today we found our most recent set of drawers ready, apart from the front panels which need to be replaced to match our intention of exposing a flush handle within the unit. In order to achieve this we have started to look at some of the initial designs from Carlo Scarpa who we consider a master in terms of expressing planes and orchestrating aesthetic geometries. Here we will be putting as evidence our interest in communicating attention to detail even on the simplest of handles within the wardrobe.

28.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

The Serpentine Gallery

As the roads were quiet today we visited the Serpentine Gallery between our inspections of two of our sites. The exhibition on show at present is Magnetized Space featuring the works of Lygia Page, a Brazilian artist whose work sought a balance between formalism and sensitivity. Many of her works have a symbolic quality, adapting the use of geometry and the bold application of colour that is recognisable in the works of the Constructivists. We were intrigued by the architectural qualities of artwork, especially the stunning centrepiece of the exhibition, an installation of threads that form columns projecting diagonally through space, sublimely lit in a darkened room.

28.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Dormer Construction

Project SI_330 Hillview Gardens

As part of our extensive renovation of an ordinary terrace house in North London we have extended the roof at the rear to develop a substantial second floor for the property. The structure of the rear dormer has been implemented recently with the builders working safely from the inside of the building without the need for scaffolding as the new joists have already been installed.

The timber frame of the addition to the property allows for remarkably thin structural elements to be used and hence the opening to the outside is enlarged. This is something we intend to bear in mind when moving on to the next stage of the assembly as the timber frame construction may prove a suitable alternative to structural steel and masonry as it is more sustainable and cost effective for our client.

23.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Pre-Application Meeting

Project SI_389 Greenwich High Road

Today we held a pre-application meeting with a planning officer of Greenwich council at their new offices with regards to our scheme for a change of use in the redevelopment known as 43-81 Greenwich High Road. We took the opportunity to discuss the current use and the council’s future plans for the area to investigate how our proposed use would compliment the areas current activities.

We understand that the best method for supporting our formal application will be to involve the community in our scheme, providing evidence for our assertions that the development will contribute positively to the area. This method of collaboration, along with other gathered information, will equivocally demonstrate the benefits of the scheme to the planning officer, aiding the council’s decision in a similar way to the consultation process that informs planning applications.

21.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Christmas Dinner

This evening the office went out for a hard earned Christmas dinner, although we were very sorry that Fran could not be in attendance. We would like to thank Spit Jack's in Victoria Park for a wonderful meal.

20.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Seasons Greetings

Today we have sent out our new Christmas card design to all of our friends and clients.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Curro and all the team at Studio Idealyc!

19.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Feedback Forms

Project SI_372 Acol Road

Client satisfaction is at the top of our agenda with our new initiative begun as a response to our increased workload recently. We have designed a feedback form to distribute once we have completed a project to gather information about satisfaction with the service that we are providing. We hope to learn from the responses and also to build on our record of testimonials to show to prospective clients.

17.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Joists Installed

Project SI_330 Hillview Gardens

Work has continued at a steady rate in Hillivew Gardens and now all of the joists supporting the upper floors of the house have been installed. This represents an important step in the realisation of our scheme as this type of construction is well suited to span between the retaining walls of the original Victorian property. Our system of joists allows for flexibility in the interior, an important part of our design and process of construction for providing the best service to our clients.

17.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Felt Roofing System

Project SI_321 The Vale

Over the weekend a felt roof has been installed on our extension in the Vale. A specialist layer was used to implement the roof system. A layer of waterproofing is placed on top of plywood before two layers of asphalt are added; each layer is placed adjacent to the other for increased durability. The lower layer is attached by nailing it to the ply while the top sheet is applied by heating the adhesive on the underside of the material. Careful attention has to be paid to the edges where the conditions of the join will determine the method in which the border is finished.

The whole construction is very thin and durable but does not have a strong aesthetic appeal. We initially specified a fibreglass roof which although more expensive is far better quality and more sustainable but the client’s arrangement with the contractor gave him the possibility to make these changes to increase the eventual profit he receives for completing the work.

16.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Emerging Geometries

Project SI_150 Westbourne Terrace

Partly inspired by Japanese architecture, our redevelopment of a flat in West London continues. Now the stud walls have been installed and plastered the exposed undulations of the butterfly roof above are beginning to become distinguished spaces and to inform our further studies of the flat. We are starting to look at the flat in a higher level of detail to design the interior furnishings for production soon. In the property’s current state the geometries and proportions of the final design are now legible and the linear vistas that express the full width of the flat and maximise the appearance of the small space are now apparent.

15.12.2011

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Steel Windows

Project SI_364 Chelwood House

As we often deal in Conservation Areas in and around London we sometimes need to deal with changes to the windows of a building. Modern window designs offer a greater amount of insulation and as the Building Regulations regarding windows have been changed recently sourcing a successfully functioning design is paramount. Due to this demand for quality at a low price many people are turning to PVC windows to replace their existing single glazed windows.

The additional policies implemented to protect Conservation Areas require property owners to apply for planning permission if they wish to alter the windows in their house. This is the case in Chelwood House, a prime example of the high-rise development that occurred in London in the 1960’s. Under our direction, the owners will be replacing the existing single glazed aluminium windows with double glazed steel Crittall Windows. Crittall is a longstanding British manufacturer of steel windows who are intrinsically linked to many landmark modern projects key in the development of the “International Style”.

We always recommend windows such as this, either made of aluminium, steel or hardwood as this allows the component to achieve a remarkable thin frame, as opposed to the bulky edges common among PVC windows. A thin frame is essential for modern buildings such as Chelwood House as it frames the spectacular view of Hyde Park without detracting from the scene. PVC windows are also unsustainable as they are made from harmful chemicals and are difficult to recycle.

15.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

We have been contacted by a well known Ivy League American University regarding a former member of Studio Idealyc, who after graduating from the University of Westminster School of Architecture is now applying to study her Masters of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Her background of travelling and living in many varied locations has allowed her to accumulate a vast knowledge of the different typologies and cultures apparent across the globe.

As architects we are constantly learning from our day to day experiences as well as analysing the impact of our surrounding upon ourselves and others. Inspiration may come from a recent newspaper article or a historic precedent and so nothing can be discarded, only assimilated, to support or question our position and approach to the urban fabric we live in. We are observers of the spectacle of routine and while construction requires a high level of accuracy, creativity is often manifested through the role of collecting information with no regard to its providence.

We wish Amela the best of luck with her application and adventure across the Atlantic in the land of opportunities.

14.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Office Refurbished

Over the last two days we have been overseeing work on our own office and we are taking the opportunity to rearrange and redistribute all the items we have gathered over the years.

As well as improving the stairway to our office we have replaced our existing standard basin with a new bathroom sink unit using a variety of reclaimed materials that we have collected from sites over the years. The unit has an abundance of shelving to store and display the toiletries and ornaments, as we like to adorn our bathroom with memories. Each material is employed to express its formal properties and the cabinet is easily altered and reassembled. The basin itself is from a Victorian Psychiatric Hospital and the plywood boards are from a demolished roof while old parts of scaffolding are used to cover the edges. The unit is still work in progress as we intend to integrate lighting into the design.

14.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Christmas Party Downstairs

This evening our building played host to an eclectic mix of people, all attending the Christmas Party hosted by Mandi’s Basement who occupy our offices downstairs. As well as a fully stocked bar area there was excellent food from Tom Collins of Bistrotheque and a variety of DJs playing a mixture of Christmas songs and well received disco hits. Everyone put in a lot of effort to make the space ready for the guests and the night was very entertaining.

13.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Remodelled Staircase

Included in our recent office renovation was a reworking of the staircase to our studio, a path we tread daily and the first impression our clients have of our working environment.

We took the opportunity to develop our architectural language through once again creating something with unwanted materials, debris from one of our sites. Many architects through history have experimented with the sensation of the user upon their entrance to different buildings, while some have studied the light, others focus on materiality, texture or other conditions that can be manipulated in order to influence the emotions of the body through space.

John Hejduks is a well-known American architect and academic who expressed his unique poetic stance with regards to architecture throughout his schemes and essays. Hejduk, who used to construct his buildings as a collage of signs always placed special attention on the simulacrum of the feelings experienced in the human body which is very clear in his posthumous work, “La Mascara de la Medusa”. One of the main elements of his study was completed through the continuation of wide steps ascending skywards as the climber is open to the elements.

While the context of our own office entrance is certainly of a smaller scale and conditions are much more mundane, the staircase is a celebration of the functional aspect and rough physical character of the materials used. Composed of concrete, hardwood, MDF and WBP ply, all inexpensive materials that still show the intrinsic qualities of their own properties making the user feel closer to nature as opposed to the polished sheen of corporate working environments.

The properties of the materials, existing in unison, extend beyond their corporeal presence to act as signifiers to us as words were to Wittgenstein. As language is relative so is texture and our haptic perception of it. Complimenting the arrangement, an assembly of discrete artificial strip lighting illuminates the passage and an exposed circular light is employed to bathe the area in diffuse light which brings out the respective qualities.

13.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Meeting to Discuss Nursery

Project SI_389 Greenwich High Road

Today we held our second meeting with clients planning to develop a private day nursery in Greenwich. As the office is currently being refurbished we met in the local coffee shop to present our ideas. The property’s internal layout was the main topic of discussion and we offered our thoughts and drawings for the client’s consideration.

The clients were impressed with the schemes we had developed and we will be setting up a pre-planning meeting soon to present the project to the Planning Officers from Greenwich Council.

12.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

New Appointment for Victorian Property

Project SI_395 Denmark Road

We have been appointed to assist the owner of a beautiful Victorian property in Newham by extending the rear of the house to include the original outbuilding as a part of the interior. The house itself was built for the caretaker of a school which has since been demolished and replaced by a series of modern developments which are at odds with the somewhat rural character of the house.

The attention to detail of the ornamentation of the façade is exquisite, the cast iron drainage pipe creates a form reminiscent of entablature and red and yellow stock bricks are varied to create patterns at the edges of the building. We hope to study and to celebrate the original features of the building and to design a scheme that is sensitive to the original intentions of the architect.

The house is at odds with the character of the surroundings and it seems to remain as a relic of the area’s history. More recent history saw rapid development in the area in the form of high-rise buildings to offer housing for Londoners after the Second World War. The district is currently undergoing another series of redevelopments, creating more modern and opulent high-rise buildings for people commuting into the City.

12.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Thanks to Barnet Building Control Department

Many thanks to the Building Control Department of Barnet Council who have kindly sent us our first Christmas card of the season today.

12.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Alderton Road

Project SI_395 Alderton Road

Today we conducted a survey in Alderton Road, a remarkable example of British housing. The row of terraces breaks the mould of the local vernacular in the local area with a curious line of ornamented stonework emphasising the eaves of the roof. The houses are divided by additional party walls between the porch areas and the front façade is extended to create some contrast in the façade. Frank Lloyd Wright has described vernacular architecture as “better worth study than all the highly self-conscious academic attempts at the beautiful throughout Europe", an approach that we often find ourselves emulating.

09.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Planning Consent for Flats

Project SI_378 Oxford Avenue

The Permitted Development rights that allow people to extend their homes to a certain degree without needing the consent of the planning department do not apply to flats and hence the process of developing a flat can be far more complex. For an extension to the roof of a flat in the London Borough of Merton we had to consult the local council’s policies on roof extensions to satisfy their legislation and obtain an approval, this meant changing what originally was planned to be a box dormer (in context with the neighbours) to be a mansard roof due to the typology of the building.

09.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Working in a Conservation Area

Project SI_336 Vivian Road

Any development in a Conservation Area is advised to be sympathetic to the area’s character, which is identified for protection in the Conservation Area report. Therefore, to satisfy the requests of the council, we are conducting further studies to prove that our development does not have any visible impact upon the streetscape. We have the advantage of a large brick wall next to the proposed development and we intend to use this feature to shroud the development from the sight of passers by. The area itself, although located next to Victoria Park has a highly dense urban fabric and is home to many high rise residential blocks that tower over the landscape.

07.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Feedback Forms

Project SI_379 Ridge Park

Client satisfaction is at the top of our agenda with our new initiative begun as a response to our increased workload recently. We have designed a feedback form to distribute once we have completed a project to gather information about satisfaction with the service that we are providing. We hope to learn from the responses and also to build on our record of testimonials to show to prospective clients.

07.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

What Lies Beneath

Project SI_358 Hillview Gardens

During the weekly visit to our project in Hillview Gardens we were pleased to see that the groundworks had been successfully laid along with the hidden network of new pipes that are laid beneath. This has previously been signed off by the Building Control inspector which allows us to carry on the works, focusing on the structure of the two floors above which will also be brought up to date by the use of tanalised timber and steel frames to configure the main grid of a modern dwelling within a Victorian envelope.

07.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Breaking Planes

Project SI_150 Westbourne Terrace

Throughout history many artists and thinkers have studied the fundamental concept of geometry, from Euclid to Kandinsky, author of the book, “Point and Line to Plane”. This manuscript holds a important place on the shelves of our office and is frequently consulted for clarifying some key concepts to achieve balance and dynamism in our studies for this particular project. Work on site is progressing with the newly appointed builders and we were glad to see this in our site visit today.

06.12.2011

New Planning Project

Project SI_394 Argyle Road

Although it is always exciting to be appointed for a project that is unique or offers a lot of possibility for design we believe that it is important to engage in schemes with a more rudimentary brief, hence today we have taken on a project to apply for permission lower a curb and construct a wall for a client in Ealing. This mundane task involves navigating a variety of levels of bureaucracy and is an essential technical exercise during the program of an architectural school.

06.12.2011

Office Evening Trip

On the first Tuesday of every month the John Soane Museum hosts an evening where the entire house is lit by candlelight. This occurrence reflects the cyclic nature of many occasions that occur around the capital, such as weekly markets and social gatherings. Curro acted as our guide on this outing, as we left the office early with no indication of where we were going to be taken.

The trip was intended to be pedagogic in nature but it was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, despite the initial 1 and a half hour queue that deterred many. Our commitment eventually paid off and we were the last group admitted into the museum. The museum is based in the architect’s house which itself is a masterpiece, a beautiful arrangement of contrasting thin corridors and grand rooms, served by a complex series of openings allowing light to stream into the deepest recesses of the catacombs. This spatial configuration within the building is the expression of light and an experiment with the placement of mirrors; it is very inspiring to architects such as ourselves and we would highly recommend the evening.

05.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Feedback Forms

Project SI_381 Darwin Court

Client satisfaction is at the top of our agenda with our new initiative begun as a response to our increased workload recently. We have designed a feedback form to distribute once we have completed a project to gather information about satisfaction with the service that we are providing. We hope to learn from the responses and also to build on our record of testimonials to show to prospective clients.

02.12.2011

Studio Idealyc

Discussing Nurseries

Project SI_389 Greenwich High Road

Today we have held our first meeting with our clients who are looking to create a new Nursery business in Greenwich. We presented our initial ideas and studies to them for their consideration and through discussions we were able to establish a more detailed brief to help us tailor our design studies to suit the needs of the clients. They found our ideas very engaging and wish us to continue to develop the strategy we had started to consider. We are looking forward to presenting more studies in our next meeting.

01.12.2011

Certificate of Lawful Development Granted

Project SI_371 Berne Road

PP - 01649066

Croydon Council. Ref 11/02789/LP

01.12.2011

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Meeting at Construction Site

Project SI_357 Abbotsbury House

After completing our initial set of drawings for the interior renovation of a flat on the topmost floor of Abbotsbury house we met the clients at the site to discuss the progress of the project which is currently at demolition stage on site. Holding the meeting at the flat we were able to inspect the conditions of the building and we were pleased to find a very attractive group of copper pipes behind the suspended ceiling.

We were able to present our ideas to the client and arrange the details with the contractor and we hope to continue this process, negotiating the best design and finish for the bespoke apartment.

01.12.2011

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New Residential Appointment

Project SI_392 Freshfields

After our recent successful planning applications made in Croydon Studio Idealyc has been appointed to assist new clients with a rear loft extension for a residential project in suburban Croydon. The house is a charming property and although it is well suited to the needs of a small family our clients are now in need of extra space. We frequently deal with small projects of this nature and we believe that it is important to consider each extension, no matter how small, in terms of the site location and the individual needs of the users. Hence we take great care in crafting solutions for each scheme, listening to the clients’ preferences and testing the best arrangements for their lifestyle.

01.12.2011

Certificate of Lawful Development Granted

Project SI_366 Fountain Road

PP - 01643290

Croydon Council. Ref 11/02730/LP

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