Shape Architecture is a Chartered RIBA Architectural Practice working throughout London. We have considerable expertise in the design and construction of private residential projects, ranging from simple rear and side extensions to full basement conversions and works to listed buildings. We pride ourselves on the speed of delivery and technical competence. We have achieved planning permissions in conservation areas, to listed buildings, and in the green belt, and can bring over fifteen years of expertise in sustainable design to any project.
About Shape Architecture Notting Hill
Contemporary Basement Extensions in London
As London based architects working in Notting Hill, Shape Architecture bring their expertise in private residential projects to all their projects. We can illustrate a wide variety of design issues with our extensive portfolio of previous projects, from full house internal refurbishment or basement conversions to contemporary side and rear extensions and pod rooms. Our architecture is contemporary and addresses the issues of light, space, and transparency as well as the physical and visual connection between internal and external spaces.
In working on extensions in Notting Hill, Shape Architecture London looks to create modern and open interiors filled with light, featuring a good connection between the inside and outside spaces. To do this we are required to consider the interior and exterior context of each property, particularly when we are making alterations to listed properties or in conservation areas within areas of Notting Hill architecture.
Extensions to Listed Properties
At Inverness Terrace, adjacent to Notting Hill, we were asked to design the internal refurbishment and extension to a Graded 2 listed apartment. As a result of the work Shape Architecture completed, the rooms were increased in size, and by making an effort to draw light into the building a general feeling of openness and space was created in the property. This interior architecture was all achieved whilst ensuring the exterior apartment extension remained sympathetic to the appearance of the existing building. This is a key consideration when extending or making alterations to a listed property. Additionally, a second bedroom with an en-suite bathroom was added to the apartment, with the rigorous design process ensuring that Shape Architecture London successful realised the contemporary interior of the extension without compromising the external features and style of the Grade 2 listed terrace.
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.- Paul Gillies, Client
Gaining Planning Permissions in London
Such an approach is typical of Shape Architecture’s approach towards architecture in Notting Hill, where we have an extensive amount of experience completing projects of all types and styles; from contemporary side and rear extensions to interior architecture and apartment reconfigurations including pod rooms and loft conversions. Whether we are making alterations to listed buildings, or designing a basement excavation and extension to go with a full scale house refurbishment, we can draw on our design backgrounds and technical expertise to make your project a success. We have a great deal of experience working with planning departments in boroughs across London, and have a proven track record of gaining planning permissions for challenging developments.
Visualisations of Extensions and Conversions in Notting Hill
Shape Architecture London we often use 3D modelling techniques, utilising them in order to communicate effectively and efficiently with both clients and contractors. Computer models of projects are useful for the design process in many ways. For example, they provide an excellent opportunity to produce interesting images through which the client can engage with the project, particularly where the scope of the project is such that there are great many options to be explored. Such images can quickly and clearly give an impression of the final project that drawings and words alone cannot convey. They are a good way of understanding the use of space and sense of light in a scheme, and can be exceptionally useful in unlocking the potential of any project. This is particularly true for projects like interior refurbishments, basement conversions, or house extensions, where it can be difficult to visualise a final project in a space that is already occupied with existing development, and we have used them a lot when designing Notting Hill architecture. Renders, architectural visualisations, and computer images also aid the project development by allowing us to create, test, and examine light studies for any new spaces, particularly basement extensions, such as in the following project for a basement in Notting Hill.
Basement Architect in Notting Hill
As a mews property in Notting Hill, the Pembridge Mews property has a tight floor plan and a relatively small amount of space to deal with. We often find that these projects are the most rewarding however, and to be able to make the mews property into a modern and contemporary light-filled family home we have made use of the existing courtyard on the ground floor. The basement design we are using now features a lightwell in the same location. This transfers the solid courtyard space to the basement level, where natural light is drawn down through the property into the basement itself. At the ground floor level, the lightwell is bridged with a glass balcony. The balcony allows natural light to permeate the basement, improving the quality of space, whilst at the same time allowing it to continue being used as external living space on the ground floor level. A metal grill at one end of the balcony will allow air to circulate into the basement space, with views to the basement available from the first floor terrace. The lightwell will therefore provide a light and open plan modern living space at all levels of the building, and will be a fine addition to the architecture of Notting Hill.
Recommended by Clients
As architects in Notting Hill, Shape Architecture London work hard to communicate clearly and effectively with our clients at all stages of the projects, and this attention to detail is a major contributing factor to the success of our past projects. The majority of our work comes from previous clients’ recommendation, so this client relationship is key to us working as architects in Notting Hill.
We are always happy to meet with a client for an initial free consultation.
Pembridge Mews, Notting Hill, Kensington
Our work on this mews property included a basement extension as well as ground and first floor extensions and internal refurbishments. As architects in Kensington, Shape Architecture are able to use our experience when approaching challenges of designing a basement in a mews property. We are able to provide the client with many design options from which all are explored using 3D computer graphics to clearly show the nature of the space and the impact of natural light. Making use of the existing courtyard on the ground floor, the basement design chosen by our client features a lightwell in the same location. This transfers the courtyard space to basement level, allowing natural light to be drawn through the building and into the basement.
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