Shape Architecture has undertaken nine basement and whole house conversions over the last two years and continues to work on many more. Having established expertise in a complex building type has ensured a continual flow of client referrals and enables us to take a Client through the very many design decisions and explain these in respect of our catalogue of work.
Basement Architecture & Design
Efficiency and Creativity
Equally important is the team of other professionals that we work with on all of these projects. Over our time working on various residential projects we have established working relationships with numerous professionals especially structural engineers that have ensured an efficient, creative and fulfilling process.
We are able to advise on the appointment of a whole range of consultants that we work with, from those above to party wall surveyors, kitchen designers, lighting designers, AV consultants and many more. From our wealth of experience we are able to advise companies we will have worked with before and whom help us deliver the desired result.
Basement Architects in London
Our basement projects are located in Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham and Barnes. We undertake all types of projects types and sizes from basement conversions with refurbishment to the ground floor level, to basement and whole house conversion.
Light Space and Transparency
Most of our projects are centred around a whole house conversion and will typically involve the addition of a side and rear extension, a pod room and loft conversion alongside the complete internal refurbishment with works to front and rear gardens also.
Shape Architecture explores the issues of light, space and transparency in its work alongside the physical and visual connections between the inside and outside. These issues are also central to the success of a basement conversion project where these qualities are paramount in the experience and use of space.
Each project in our portfolio is different and we relish uniqueness of design; approaching each project with a fresh perspective and vigor. We work with clients closely though the design stages to create a project that reflects our clients brief, budget and site conditions. The success of these projects has been in the creation of light filled interiors which we have explored in a wide variety of ways through use of material and form.
Use of Light in design
The rear and front sections at basement level are formed as light wells. This prominently allows light and air into the basement, but also offers access and views out. These are also key design features that provide much interest. The treatment may vary from glass bridges over the light well that can connect to an elegant stair, to running the internal stair in a glass box within the light well and much else besides.
In many projects we have also introduced a third smaller light well at the heart of the basement. This has been very successful in bringing light and a sense of space to the interior. It also provides a series of very interesting spaces when the ground to basement stair is set at this zone allied to a connection between the reception rooms and the rear kitchen and garden beyond.
Shape Architecture has an excellent understanding of the issues relating to a successful planning permission. This is reflected in the number and range of projects we have undertaken and also the complexity of these projects. In Kensington we obtained planning permission for a double basement, located in a cul-de-sac and a conservation area.