The Blue House has been granted planning permission! This scheme brings an unloved piece of land into use as a micro home. Forming part of an ongoing body of work looking at methods of revitalising the overlooked plots within the city, this scheme will provide a single residence of 55sqm.
We are excited to welcome Gintare Kapociute and Carolina Borgatti to the alma-nac team.
New modes of practice are emerging in the architectural profession, challenging conventional notions of 'The Architect'. A quiet revolution is occuring. Architects from around the globe are slowly reclaiming the notion of architecture as something more pro-active, self-aware and political; a discipline that should ultimately work towards the collective good.
We recently pulled together a series of incredibly innovative practices, practitioners and academics from around the world to explore the myriad of forms this new practice can and is taking.
New Modes: Redefining Practice. AD Magazine. Vol 88. Guest edited by alma-nac. Due for publication 26th September 2018
Shumi Bose, Indy Johar, Alison Killing, Brian McGrath, Douglas Murphy, Leon van Schaik, finn Williams
atelier d'architecture autogeree (AAA), die Baupiloten, Carl Turner Architects, GutGut, Hector, Inteligencias Colectivas, raumlaborberlin, studioBASAR, TallerKEN, TOMA, We Made That.
(plus many many many more by way of reference)
The London Animal Hospital has been published on Dezeen, the renowned architecture and design website. The article is titled 'London animal hospital respects the age-old rivalry between cats and dogs'
Paxton House has been featured in Architecture Today. The project involved transforming a former concrete-framed office block in Croydon, South London, into 43 residential apartments for Joseph Homes. As noted by Architecture Today, the scheme was based around the creation of a new external circulation strategy for the building, ensuring each dwelling is dual aspect and has a south-facing living space.
House in the Woods has been featured in the June 2018 issue of Wallpaper* Magazine. The piece written by Ellie Stathaki, both critiques the design and forms the backdrop for the edition's outdoor themed fashion story 'Natural High'.
'The white, clean shapes of the 20th-century’s modernist villas and the sculptural outlines of brutalist concrete homes make for perfect juxtapositions against the softness and rawness of nature; but creating playful contrasts is not the only way to negotiate architecture’s relationship to nature. Often, a different approach can have just as striking results, and Alma-nac’s House in the Woods, a new modern home quietly nestled in a tree-filled site within the South Downs National Park, is a case in point.'
alma-nac coordinated a successful public consultation for the development of an exciting series of spaces in Tooting. Lots of great ideas, critical engagement and interested parties came to discuss and help steer our proposals. Watch this space for more information.
We are currently midway through the design process of an exhibition exploring architecture and its practice in an exciting space in Dulwich College, London. The exhibition, set to open in September, will be host to a series of workshops and talks on the same subject. More info to follow.
Our work on bringing an unloved piece of land back into use as a micro home is ready for planning submission. Forming part of an ongoing body of work looking at methods of revitalising the overlooked plots within the city, this scheme will provide a single residence of 55sqm.
Congratulations to Group - DS [02} 05 who have exhibited their architecture course work for the year at Westminster University. The Unit was taught by Chris Bryant and Camilla Wilkinson. The exhibition is on for the next few weeks.
Two of our projects have been shortlisted for the New London Architecture Awards 2018. Paxton House and London Animal Hospital will appear in the New London Architecture exhibition of London’s best new projects – honouring the capital’s very best architecture, planning and development. Our Paxton House project was also featured in the Architects’ Journal this week, read more about it here.
The London Animal Hospital (TLAH) is the first of its kind in central London offering around the clock care and emergency services to all pets. alma-nac were commissioned by the TLAH to create a sector leading facility that would provide the best possible care for its patients while creating a relaxing environment for the owners and exemplar facilities for the staff. More about the project here.
The Paxton House project involved the addition of an external circulation strategy to this existing concrete frame building, which allowed for a greater number of apartments to be accommodated, each with a south or south west facing living space and balcony. Find out more about the scheme here.
We are very happy to have had one of our models selected for the 2018 Summer Exhibition, curated by Grayson Perry at the Royal Academy. It is available for purchase, so feel free to head over and buy it before someone else does. This is the 250th Summer Exhibition, running from 12th June till 19th August.
The model is of our recent project The Upside Down House, a competition winning children's play structure. You can read more about the project here
We are delighted to be featured in Architects' Journal ‘First Look’ for our Paxton House scheme. The project involved the transformation of a derelict 1960’s building into 43 residential homes with shared communal spaces. This 43-unit PRS scheme for Joseph Homes is set around a series of flexible use spaces, exploring innovative ideas in the sector.
Sector: PRS, Retrofit, New Build, Co-Living
Size: 43 units, GIA 2465sqm
Location: Croydon, London
Structural Engineers: Civic Engineers
M&E: Integration UK Consultants
Planning Consultants: Rolfe Judd
Photography by Jack Hobhouse
More on Paxton House here.
Alma-nac is looking for an architectural assistant to join its team in London.
Alma-nac is an award-winning London based design studio committed to producing high quality architecture whilst maintaining a lively and engaging work environment. We undertake a range of projects of varying scale and sector and are currently looking for an experienced architectural assistant to join our team.
Candidates should possess the following:
· a minimum of one year professional experience
· detailing, construction and preferably job running experience on small to medium projects
· excellent 3D modelling skills – physical and digital
· exceptional presentation skills
· Archicad experience preferable but not essential
· fluent spoken and written English
· ability to manage workloads under time pressure
Candidates should be confident to:
· manage the day to day running of a small project under supervision
· communicate design issues and solutions directly to clients
· liaise with consultants and local authorities
· assist in general practice management
Above all we are looking for someone with a grounded creative approach and a strong attention to construction detail.
If you feel you are suitable for the role please email (no hardcopies) your CV, cover letter and portfolio to email@example.com with 'Application for Architectural Assistant - June 2018' as the subject. Please include examples of professional experience where possible.
Deadline Friday 15th June.
We are very proud to have our work with Joseph Homes featured in Housebuilder magazine, May 2018. Joseph Home's open minded attitude to accepting innovative architectural solutions to maximise tricky sites has lead to us working on some amazing projects together.
“Working with architects alma-nac, we created an innovative design that is beautiful, useful and durable; thereby producing an offering in the area that created real value for local buyers whilst setting a precedent for property sales prices” Mike Stott, Joseph Homes
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.
Work in progress images for a series of house types and associated community centre for a new 500 home development in the UK. Watch this space for more news about the project.