Architects in Barnes

Shape Architecture is a design led Chartered RIBA practice working in Barnes and throughout South-West London

As architects in Barnes, we specialise in residential design and offer our clients a friendly, supportive, and flexible service with competitive fees.

If you would like to discuss a potential project please feel free to contact us at 020 3770 6360 or 


Shape Architecture developed a series of options for our new project in Thorne Street, Barnes.  Click here to link to our project page

Barnes Architects

Our practice undertakes projects of all sizes, big or small across the Residential Sector.  Each project is a response to the site, brief and budget and is underscored by our creative thinking and over 20 years of experience of designing sustainable buildings.

Our fees are a Fixed Lump Sum and are further broken down into each RIBA work stage for further clarity.

Our Services

Shape Architecture is happy to tailor its services to suit our clients’ requirements.  We also offer additional services such as interior, bespoke furniture and garden design.  A full service would see us taking the brief and surveying the property through to completion on site and dealing with the final account.

Glass and Transparency

Common to all our projects is the use of glass to bring natural light into all parts of a project and to provide a better visual and physical connection between the Interior and exterior. These vary from structural glass panels set into the floor to glass cubes housing stairs. Large scale glazed panels and rooflights feature in our projects.

“Shape Architecture have successfully met the criteria laid down in a number of ways including the creation of an interior that works around the principles of transparency, openness and light. Their attention to detail was exemplary.”

Mr. P Gillies , Transformation of Listed Apartment

Sustainable Architecture

Shape Architecture has over 25 years of experience in sustainable design through its Director, Jason Wren.  We can offer proven and practical suggestions on improving the energy efficiency of a home and the use of technologies such as Heat Pumps and PV arrays.  A feature of many of projects is the use of Green Sedum Roofs and these are easy additions to side or rear extensions.

Home Office and Garden Rooms

Shape Architecture has been designing home offices and garden rooms for many years.  These are typically bespoke designs to suit the garden setting and our clients needs.  They are built as low energy timber structures and often feature a green sedum roof with all the sustainable benefits this brings.

Case Study: Suffolk Road, Barnes, London

Our portfolio of basement extensions throughout London includes several in Barnes, such as a below garden basement in Suffolk Road. This project is set largely below the existing rear garden and in part below a rear ground floor extension. It follows another Barnes basement project at Nassau Road, where we also secured planning permission for a below garden basement.

Our client had asked how to bring light into the basement and we were able to illustrate through a series of computer models that a central lightwell acting as a small courtyard garden at basement level would provide a great deal of light and a sense of openness at basement level. Several glass panels set in the paving above also reinforced the amount of daylight brought into the basement.

Roof Terraces

Rooftop Terrace obtained through Planning Permission in Fulham West London

Barnes Roof Terraces

Shape Architecture has been successful in obtaining planning permission for roof terraces throughout London.  These vary from those to Listed Buildings such as Florin Court, to a variety of Mews houses.  Our portfolio of roof terrace projects also includes those to typical terraced houses and in several instances the house is divided into flats where the provision of a roof terrace to the upper floor flat is even more beneficial.


Barnes Basement Extensions, Nassau Road

Our basement projects form an important part of our portfolio of work.  We have carried out over 30 basement projects throughout London.  Our basement extensions range from those to mews properties, to houses and below gardens and flats.

A successful basement extension rests on the bringing in of natural light into the interior, which is key in creating a quality of space and this is where we have much experience.  Added to this is the design of the stair which might be sat below a glazed section of roof.  Thereafter the arrangement of rooms and their relationship with lightwells is important to consider.

Click to link to our project in Nassau Road

Interior Design

Barnes Interior Design

We also have extensive experience in Interior Design and bespoke furniture design which we bring to all our projects. We are experienced in interior lighting design and are happy to advise on all aspects of the use of colour.   Some projects we undertake are small and largely focussed on interior design such as the re-modelling of bathrooms or design of bookcases and storage.


Client Communication

Shape Architecture communicates clearly to our clients, and this is at the foundation for a successful project.  All designs, no matter what size are developed in 3D, as shown for our projects in Suffolk Road and Nassau Road in Barnes.  A typical concept proposals brochure will have 5 different options described in 3D, 2D and freehand drawings and this will be the basis for discussion with the Client as we determine the preferred design.   We are also able to provide animations of projects and model the movement of the sun through an interior.

Shape Architecture offer a free consultation

We are always happy to visit you at your home to discuss your project. Get in touch to book an appointment now.

Shape Architecture Barnes
Chester House, Fulham Green, 81-83 Fulham High Street, LondonSW6 3JA

Phone: +44 (0) 203 770 6360


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