alma-nac have led a series of workshops assisting a group of 10-12 year old students to propose a design for their school play space. Behold; SPACE AND THE FUTURE! A play space featuring routes, boundaries, gateways, space hopscotch, the milky highway, zero gravity spots and a football pitch overseen by a giant astronaut. Watch this space for the next stage of design of this incredible playground.
Directors Chris Bryant, Caspar Rodgers and Tristan Wigfall recently acted as guest editors for the October issue of AD magazine, titled 'New Modes: Redefining Practice'. The issue is based around the emerging modes of practice in architecture and ways in which firms are now leading the way in challenging conventional ideas surrounding the role of ‘The Architect’. The launch event took place in October at U+I PLC, with Alison Killing, Douglas Murphy, Finn Williams, Helen Castle and Holly Lewis among the speakers. MORE
Watch highlights from the launch event HERE.
Running from September to mid October, the 'Evolving Spaces' exhibition was recently completed at Dulwich College, London. The exhibition introduced people to the process of architecture through three distinct zones of investigation, each depicting a different aspect of the discipline: ‘Experience’, ‘Process’ and ‘Realisation’. MORE
Watch highlights of the exhibition HERE.
alma-nac's Animal Hospital project was part of this year's Open House London and was recently featured in FX magazine. The hospital is the first of its kind in Central London, offering around the clock care and emergency services to all pets. It includes the first CT scanner of its type in Europe, X-ray facilities, isolation ward, and two surgeries as well as dedicated dog and cat wards. MORE
The Photography Workshop for It's The Flash Pack was recently featured in Wallpaper* Magazine, showcasing the latest design trends and evolving ideas across the realm of office design. For this project alma-nac aimed to create a fun, personable workspace through the contrast of quirky, recycled and colourful materials with inexpensive industrial building techniques. MORE
We are proud to have had our project, the 2.3m by 16m long Slim House included in Geoffrey Makstutis’s new book, Design Process In Architecture, from Concept to Completion. Articulating the various processes of design across the life of a project is an exceptionally difficult task, one that this book achieves very well.
We are pleased to announce that our proposal for an exemplar Animal Centre for the RSPCA is one of three to have been shortlisted in the RIBA competition. Phase 2 will involve developing the design before a final winner is selected to partner with the RSPCA in delivering Cattery’s, Kennels, a Vetinary Hospital and office, along with a series of other associated spaces.
The proposal builds on the practice’s expertise in animal related architecture. We look forward to sharing more design information later in the competition process.
Read more here
Looking at the current performance and future potential of Lambeth as a creative hub, Lambeth has published ‘Creative Ways to Grow’. This publication forms the borough’s strategy for growth in the creative & digital industries. Early designs for alma-nac’s Waterloo Works! has been included in this publication.
We are very proud to be a part of this strategy.
Read more about the project here
We have recently completed an exhibition design and associated curation at Dulwich College, London. The exhibition design explores our mode of working as a practice, while using the potential evolution of the exhibition site as a display.
Read more about the project here
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.