Basements Filled with Light
These light wells either at the rear or in the middle of the property are often combined with a glazed or transparent bridge across them. This not only allows access between parts of the property, but also brings light and a sense of openness into the basement rooms of a property, even at lower level, and can additionally be found as part of a feature staircase when used within the interior of a project. These staircases are a fine way of creating a full-height light well and drawing light into all storeys of the property from the very top of the building, particularly when they can be used as a focal point and attractive feature for the project.
Apartments Planning and Design Experience
This approach to light is typical of Shape Architecture’s work in London and the South-East, where we have a proven track record working successfully with planning departments and have a great deal of experience gaining planning permissions for challenging developments. Whether we are making alterations to listed buildings, designing a double storey basement excavation, an extension to go with a full house refurbishment, or a new build apartment building, we can draw on our design background and technical expertise to make your project a success.
On all projects, Shape Architecture London use 3D modelling techniques to communicate effectively and clearly with both clients and contractors. Computer models are useful for the design process in many ways, providing an excellent opportunity to produce interesting images through which the client can engage with the project. This in turn is important for our client relationship. Such images can quickly and clearly give an impression of the proposed design that drawings and words alone cannot always convey, and they are a good way of understanding the use of space and sense of light in a scheme, particularly with designs where an existing building could make any changes difficult to visualise mentally.
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We work hard with our clients at all stages of the design process and throughout construction, and this fine attention to detail and determination to communicate effectively and clearly has resulted not just in the success of our past projects, but also in ensuring that the majority of our work now comes through client recommendation – a commendation that we are all proud of. With an extensive portfolio of previous projects ranging from full house refurbishments or basement conversions to contemporary extensions and pod rooms, we were able to illustrate a wide variety of design issues and how to deal with them.
We are always happy to meet with a client for an initial free consultation.