The Carbon Net Zero school building at Dulwich College is designed through extensive pupil and teacher participation. Combining existing structures with new construction, the new Junior and Lower School design focuses on circulation spaces, promoting interaction and providing areas for informal discussions, outdoor learning, and holistic education.
Tooting Works aims to support inclusive creative and tech sector growth. Phase 1 involved a co-working space for 40 businesses. Phase 2 includes extending the facility, adding event space, meeting rooms, and enhancing the courtyard for gatherings and potential food stalls.
The core of a decentralized energy network, Barking's Energy Centre powers +10,000 homes saving 12,000 tonnes of Carbon. The design showcases function, exposing pipes, flues, and heat stores. The adjacent Visitor Centre echoes the architecture, offering the public a view of the underground pipes.
The transformation of an industrial warehouse into ten music studios, a ‘street’, and a green room. Inspired by Enzo Mari's 'autoprogettazione' approach, the studios feature utilitarian materials. Plywood, cut with zero waste, forms the street-facing side, with spare materials used for furniture.
An incongruous 1950s house, extended up and out; wrapped in a brick skin. The design balances the needs of a large family with conservation area requirements. Its asymmetrical form draws reference from the terrace which it nestles into. A contemporary addition; sympathetic to its historic setting.
Inserted into a 3.1m wide gap in a traditional Victorian terrace in South East London, the uniquely narrow ‘Wedge House’ comprises a simple wedge-shaped plan that fully maximises the site footprint, tapering from 2.8m internally at the front of the site to 1.9m at the rear.
A Royal Mail building, becomes a retrofit of 43 homes. An external circulation strategy provides further accommodation with a south/southwest facing living space and balcony. An animated façade of angled balustrades provides privacy while maximizing views.
SSFSS is a design manual, developed with 8 London schools, providing design solutions for the physical and mental well-being of staff, pupils, and parents during the Covid pandemic. Published twice, it interprets government advice into affordable changes for education settings that prioritize mental health, adapting to changing guidelines.
This innovative, low-cost 24hr clinical facility prioritizes stress reduction for animal patients through research-backed design strategies. The converted print works houses cutting-edge equipment, dedicated wards, and welcoming interiors that consider color, sound, and spatial arrangement.
A series of characterful interventions subdivide this industrial warehouse to accommodate a creative photography studio. The resulting mix of prescribed and non-prescribed spaces encourage interpretative use, changing behaviour patterns and better resulting collaboration across the company.
This slim corner extension to a Victorian terrace in a conservation area in Hampstead accommodates an entire rebuild of the property. Retaining only the 3 storey façade, the resulting warm, open and highly efficient family home includes a bespoke alternative medicine space.
This project repurposes a 4-story Victorian house into a flexible nursery for 90 children, merging renovation and new construction. Amidst classrooms, art rooms, sleeping rooms, staff facilities, kitchen, offices, and event spaces, the old and new buildings embrace a landscape for interpretive and explorative play.
Redesigning Old Street roundabout for ICON magazine, alma-nac created a destination out of a crossroads, inserting an enclave of fun into a busy roundabout. The resulting people-orientated place provides the backdrop for festivals, for picnics, for community and play (all without interrupting the buses).
A new four bedroom house book-ending an existing Victorian terrace. The scheme elevates a lightweight cube over a recessed, robust core that extends underground to form a basement. A generous rooftop balcony is contained for privacy, with its lightweight veil dropped to allow views over the neighbouring park.
Drawing reference from Russian Dacha, the timber house sits nestled among trees. Building with SIPS ensured quick construction without compromising on quality or thermal efficiency. The building is carefully positioned to create a relationship with the trees; framing views and controlling privacy.
alma-nac instigated an alternative to the disposal of Dulwich Picture Gallery's Colour Palace Pavilion; developing the methodology and associated instruction manual for children to safely repurpose the pavilion timber. The outcome: 150 vibrant modular structures, created through a unique cross-school community project across Southwark & Lambeth.
Using an interlocking, staggered maisonette design, this tight urban garage site in Plaistow was unlocked for redevelopment, providing two three-storey houses, each with private entrances set back from the pavement. The contemporary design draws cues from the surrounding industrial architecture.
Designed for an NHS health centre, the Rainbow Bench stems from a collaborative design process with medical staff and patients during the pandemic. Created alongside Mirrl, the unique through-coloured resin seat panels form a semi-circle bench for sharing and a quarter-circle seat for retreating.
This low cost scheme is to be built around the corner from alma-nac’s studio. Constructed in SIPS, the lightweight structure will sit on existing single storey foundations. Simple extruded geometric forms along the site will house an internal street alongside a cafe and a series of flexible workspaces.
This 7 storey development of 39 homes was adopted after the Fraser Brown Mackenna designed scheme had successfully gained planning, alma-nac led a fast paced coordinated Stage 3+ package. Designed to exacting standards, the design provides a thermal envelope in line with typical Passivhaus standards.
A newbuild terrace of 8 social rent homes designed to achieve PassivHaus certification and to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets for embodied carbon.
Orientated according to the varied surrounding views afforded by its hilltop site, the differing outlooks achieved at ground and at first floor result in a naturally fragmented form. Designed as a 'through-life' home, the interior is future-proofed to accommodate a caregiver's apartment if required.
A home designed to be deliverable on any site without requirement for costly redesign. Functioning as either a standalone property or a uniquely rotatable terrace, the scheme can accommodate various site orientations and shapes, while structurally allowing for easy future remodelling.
‘The Upside-down House’ is a competition winning design for a playhouse for Berkley Homes. This 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.
The slim house measures just 2.3m wide internally across its 16m depth. Multiple architectural techniques create the sense of space within tight confines of the plan, with a focus on ensuring natural light penetrates deep within the plan, views out of the home are maximised, while a simple roof form reduces cost.
A community led self-build Cricket Pavilion, with shared space for local enterprise use. The scheme is derived from the movements of the cricket team; the controlled sense of arrival of each team, the separate changing cabins and the dramatic single point of entry to the pitch.
An exhibition about the architectural process, presenting in part alma-nac’s mode of working, in part a presentation of the possible changes to the space in which the exhibition was housed. The exhibition was formed of three zones; Experience, Process and Realisation.
The 300sqm home is divided into three components: a larch-clad block sandwiched between two rendered volumes. The monolithic forms are kept closed to the street and are opened up to the sculptured private garden.
A period property retrofitted into a hotel, with apartments in the style of four infamous record labels. The apartments provide accommodation for musicians visiting Basing Street Studios, whilst re-thinking the traditional architecture in the spirit of the neighbouring studio’s rich musical history.
The sensitive refurbishment of a grade II listed 1850s townhouse preserves the 5-storey building’s historic charm while modernizing it into a spacious, light-filled family home. The result balances the reinstatement of original architectural features with contemporary design approaches.
The transformation of this former office block into 25 micro-apartments employs custom joinery to blend, yet visually separate two key functions within studio apartments: the sleeping and living areas. This approach effectively doubles the perceived spaciousness of the apartments relative to their small size.
A flexible marketplace integrating lightweight temporary structures within a framework of permanent construction, the proposal allows for one-off community events, flexible interpretive use and structured weekly events.
Transforming two vacant commercial units into an affordable, temporary community kitchen for Bexley Council, this lively shared dining space injects life into the wider area with shopfront-visible activity and vibrant colours, underpinned with sustainable, demountable and re-usable construction.