Projects



Brixton Avenue, Manchester, United Kingdom.

2019
Brixton Avenue is a sizeable 3-bedroomed Edwardian mid-terrace that lies in the heart of a West Didsbury; one of Manchester's most picturesque suburbs. Our architectural brief was to transform an oppressive and claustrophobic two storey rear extension containing the kitchen into a completely glazed "pavilion" that would not only form the best possible relationship with the movements of the sun but would also promote a fluid relationship between outdoors and in.

Our first act involved major structural changes to the existing boundaries in order to capture as much northern light as possible as well as re-establish contact with the surrounding rear courtyard. For the second act, a post and beam timber frame was inserted to support a curtain-wall and roof glazing system by Stabalux GmbH and house a kitchen that extends the full length of one wall and an adjoining dining and lounging space.

Last but not least, was the careful layout of ornamental grasses and trees, rocks, alluring reflection pools and a refreshing line of creepers to create an easily accessible and tranquil outdoor environment in which our languid clients can spend their time alfresco eating, taking in the afternoon sun or appreciating plantings, the subtle day-to-day routines of birds and wildlife and the surrounding open skies.

Type
Residential, Remodelling, Private House

Stage
Concept

Project Budget
Undisclosed

Size
48m²

Package
Transform Two Rooms

Price
1100.00 GBP incl. VAT
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1 Passive Solar Lighting

1.1 Overview
A collection of low-carbon building design concepts that harvest the natural light of the sun in order to permeate and invigorate internal space as well as reduce or eliminate consumption of fossil fuels for lighting. 

1.2 Toplighting
In the morning, the new pavilion will be overshadowed by the existing two-storey rear extension for most of the year. However, diffuse sky radiation will provide the interior with toplighting throughout the day.and from the afternoon onwards, the pavilion forms the best possible relationship with the movements of the sun. 

1.3 Sidelighting
In the morning, the new pavilion will be overshadowed by the existing two-storey rear extension for most of the year. However, diffuse sky radiation will provide the interior with side-lighting throughout the day.and from the afternoon onwards, the pavilion forms the best possible relationship with the movements of the sun.

1.4 Internal Reflectances
A subtle colour range of classic neutral colours and textures e.g. silvery grey trowel-on plaster coatings for the walls reflect available natural light as well as spread it around the interior. 

1.5 Shading
A “living curtain” of creepers acts offers the clients privacy as well as shade that will not only diffuse any overbearing impacts of the afternoon sun but also generate evocative patterns. Voile panels or curtains act as a supplementary privacy veil as well as additional shade that won't obscure any natural light filtering in.

1.6 Artificial Lighting
To maximize the efficiency and quality of the electrical lighting system, technologically based strategies include the selection of energy efficient LED’s that use up to 90% less energy than traditional sources; luminaires [i.e. angled spotlights] that provide a good general level of background light as well as a soft, restful atmosphere and; dimmable lighting controls that save energy by reducing the flow of electricity to the bulb and allowing lights to operate with lower power outputs.

2 Passive Solar Heating

2.1 Overview
A collection of low-carbon building design concepts that harvest the natural heat of the sun in order to heat the home in winter and thus reduce or eliminate the consumption of fossil fuels for heating. 

2.2 Direct gain
During the heating season [i.e. winter] the same south-facing curtain wall, roof glazing and window that provides the interior with natural overhead and side lighting also collect solar energy in the form of heat.

2.3 Thermal Storage
During the heating season, high mass materials such as cast-in-place concrete, ceramic and plaster absorb and release the natural heat of the sun throughout the evening and night.

2.4 Heating Technologies
The pavilion floor comprises of a cast-in-place concrete floor slab, 20mm heating insulation board and a underfloor floor heating and uncoupling membrane to creats an efficient yet aesthetically pleasing heating solution. 

3 Fabric First

3.1 Overview
The “fabric first” approach is a low carbon building design solution that maximises the thermal performance of the homes components – windows, walls, floors and ceilings – in order to reduce the loss of natural heating provided by the sun and thus reduce our dependence on environmentally destructive fossil fuels.

3.2 External
The solid timber and aluminium curtain wall façade and roof glazing system as well as the windows and doors meet the highest requirements for passive house standards: the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.

3.3 Internal
The south-façade of solid brick comprises of 50mm thermal laminate plasterboard finished with a soft-white trowel on plaster coating and a precise 12.5mm shadow gap [where applicable]. The floor comprises of a cast-in-place concrete floor slab, 20mm heating insulation board finished with cement effect ceramic tiles. The ceiling comprises a 31.5mm thermal laminate board finished with a soft-white trowel on plaster coating.
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4 Biophilic Design

4.1 Overview
Biophilic Design is a concept that brings elements of the natural world in to the built environment for improved health and well-being

4.2 Visual connection with nature
 that can reduce stress through lower blood pressure and heart rate; increase positive emotional functioning, improve concentration and recovery rates as well as improve attitude and overall happiness.

4.3 Non-visual connection with nature
 e.g. herbs and flowers, birdsong, weather, breezes that can accelerate physiological and  psychological restoration, reduce cognitive fatigue and help motivation.

4.4 Thermal and airflow variability
​ i.e. sensory variations in light, sound and temperature can improve concentration.

4.5 Presence of water
 e.g. visual access to rainfall and water features can elicit a higher restorative response, improve self esteem and mood as well as reduce stress.

4.6 Dynamic and diffuse light
 e.g. direct sunlight, moonlight and starlight can increase productivity, induce positive moods and impact the circadian system functioning.

4.7 Connection with natural systems
 i.e. climate and weather patterns, stars and constellations can elicit an experience that is often relaxing, nostalgic, profound or enlightening, and frequently anticipated.

4.8 Material Connection with Nature
 e.g. natural wood grain, stone and natural colours such as green can decrease diastolic blood pressure, increase in pulse rate and decrease in brain activity.
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