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.
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.