08.06.2018 The Animal Hospital and Paxton House shortlisted for the New London Architecture Awards 2018

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.


06.06.2018 Upside Down House included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2018

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


05.06.2018 Paxton House featured in Architects' Journal

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.

01.06.2018 We're hiring!

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 work@alma-nac.com with 'Application for Architectural Assistant - June 2018' as the subject. Please include examples of professional experience where possible.

Deadline Friday 15th June.



25.05.2018 Paxton House and Durnsford featured in Housebuilder Magazine

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

Read the full article on Housebuilder magazine here.
Read more about Paxton House here.
Read more about Durnsford Road here.


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.


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.