24.05.2018 Paxton House completed

alma-nac has completed Paxton House, an innovative housing solution on a complex site, for Joseph Homes in Croydon, South London. Forty-three dwellings and a series of shared spaces have been carefully crafted to occupy an existing concrete-framed building, a former office block which had been left vacant and was being used by squatters. 

Avoiding a traditional central corridor arrangement, the architects have achieved a very different type of apartment block. Through the design of an external circulation strategy, every single apartment has been created as dual aspect, with a south facing living space.

Follow this link to read more about the project.

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20.04.2018 House in The Woods used as a case study for SIPS panel construction

We are delighted to see House in the Woods included as a case study for SIPS panel construction in Peter Wilson's new publication: The Modern Timber House in the UK: New Paradigms and Technologies. 

The Modern Timber House In The UK’ was commissioned by Wood for Good, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission Scotland and written by architect and timber building expert Peter Wilson

Read more about, purchase or download the publication here  
Read more about the project here

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23.03.2017 alma-nac are presenting their research project at the Royal Academy

Following up from our competition winning research project regarding re-introducing creative spaces into areas of escalating land value, as exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2016, alma-nac have been invited to present how the project has progressed and whether it is still of value to the capital two years on. 

Come and hear more about the project on Monday 26th March

Read more about the project HERE. Read more about the event HERE

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20.03.2018 New Co-working project coming soon

Our design for a co-working space in South London is on its way! Bright colour and bold graphics wrap around the existing industrial site, linking the old with the new.  More details to come soon. 

19.03.2018 Final images of Mallinson Road now ready

Planning has been successfully granted for this 4 bedroom end of terrace house with incredible views across the adjacent park.  Read more about the project here

The scheme is currently for sale should anyone be after a planning risk free grand design. 

07/12/2017 Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods - research report published

We are very happy to have played a small part in the production of Arup's incredible research document on designing urban environments for children, and the resulting impacts for everyone else. 

By 2030, 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of 18.  Designing in everyday freedoms and ensuring there is a sufficient children's infrastructure in cities can be shown to have a hugely positive impact for everyone. 

Follow the link to download the book.

 The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, not just for children but for all generations of city dwellers. If cities fail to address the needs of children, they risk economic and cultural impacts as families move away. 

01/11/2017 Alma-nac wins the AJ/James Hardie House of Colour contest!

alma-nac has won the AJ/James Hardie House of Colour contest to design a colourful and innovative playhouse for children. 

Follow the link to read more about the design and the shortlisted schemes on the Architects' Journal

The Upside Down House is a playhouse that references some of the surreal worlds created in children’s stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Pixar film Up. Its simple concept gives rise to a whole new world. The floor becomes the sky, the roof becomes the floor, enter through the chimney and slide out of the front door. It maintains the joy of a good play/tree house – the ability to be ‘king of the castle’ and a hidden world where only children can go. Favourites like tunnels, slides, nets and ladders are all included but with a slightly strange context that sparks the imagination and forms the basis for stories and adventures alike. Each façade has its own adventures and its own colour. They can be seen as part of one house or four houses together, each with its own story. While displaying some recognisable elements associated with children’s play, the house is not intended to appear out of place in its surrounding context. Instead it draws on the formal language of Green Park Village and borrows architectural motifs from that context. The distortion and reorientation of these elements brings a sense of surreal playfulness to the suburban village landscape.

As a meeting space and destination for children and adults alike, the house is intended to be sited in an open area against a domestic backdrop, emphasising its subtle eccentricities and celebrating the colourful cladding material used throughout the village.

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