Open House 2020 Special – Podcast Two and a Half Storey House

In this special episode of the podcast for Open House, regular host George Bradley switches places and becomes the interviewee for a change, as his co-director Ewald Van Der Straeten does a takeover. Ewald interviews George about their recent project, Two and a Half Storey house.

The interview is an opportunity to explore the home through audio and listen to the ideas and influences behind the design.

At the end of the episode, Ewald asks George the  three questions he usually asks his podcast guests;
– what really annoys him about his home?
– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?
– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?

The episode will go live here 10.15am on Saturday 26/09, so tune in!

A bit about the project;

The clients owned the existing two-storey, two-bedroom property, located on a central London Housing Estate. With a second baby on the way, they needed more space. Priced out of three-bedroom properties in the area they decided to investigate what could be done to create more space in their existing home.

The challenge with this property, unlike others on the estate was that they were unable to secure planning permission for a single-storey loft extension. They received two planning refusals since they were not permitted to build any higher than the highest point of the existing roof, due to its lower profile.

We approached the design as an interlocking jigsaw. We knew the half height of the loft was fixed so the design was all about creating two interlocking floor levels in the space of one and half floors. We may have given less footprint, but we created more volume and an additional bedroom by using it creatively.

The whole design of the project hinged on using the ceiling of the bedroom below as a bed platform for the bedroom above, which is spacious and light due to effective use of roof windows. Integrating the bed-frame into the fabric of the design allowed space to be freed up for other things such as the communal circulation spaces. Plywood unifies all the new and old spaces and helps to conceal lots of clever storage spaces.

A close attention to millimetre detail ensured ceiling heights could be maximised, which included exposing structural timbers in the ceilings and using vacuum insulation panels to limit floor and roof depths.

The clients are delighted with their new house and love being able to see their son playing in his new loft bedroom from the hallway window on the first floor, thanks to the split levels.

Open House 2020 Special – Video Tour Field House


As part of this year’s Open House digital edition, we are excited to announce that we can take you on a virtual tour of our latest project Field House.

The video will go live here 10.15am on Saturday 19/09, so tune in!


Open House 2020 Special – Podcast Makers House

In this special episode of the podcast for Open House, George Bradley speaks to Sophie Goldhill of Liddicoat Goldhill Architects, about their Makers House project in Hackney, London, one of the most popular houses of the Open House London event in 2018.

The interview is an opportunity to explore the home through audio and listen to the ideas and influences behind the design.

At the end of the episode, George asks Sophie the same three questions he asks all of his guests;
– what really annoys her about her home?
– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?
– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?

The episode will go live here 10.15am on Wednesday 23/09, so tune in!

A bit about the house;

Shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA House of the Year, and winning a RIBA London Award, Sunday Times homes commendation, Manser Medal Shortlisting and NLA nomination the handmade Makers House is a new-build detached family home in East London.

Having bought the site in 2012, David and Sophie won planning permission, raised finance and built the 2,390 sqft house – by hand as the main contractor ​–​ over the following four years. They set their own brief ​–​ to explore the ideal texture and atmosphere of domestic architecture. This experimental objective was achieved while simultaneously satisfying the constraints of speculative residential development.

The house’s asymmetric form is an elegant solution ​– it ​emerged from scrupulous computer analysis of the site’s constraints (proximity to listed buildings; neighbours’ rights to light); it deftly captures key moments of available sunlight while forming apparently regular interior spaces.

The pursuit of craftsmanship and tactility is reflected in the house’s rich palette and varied processes of fabrication. The exterior combines roman brickwork with inky pigmented zinc roofing and bleached larch carpentry. Internally, the structural steel and timber work is exposed, and married to a restrained palette of reclaimed industrial materials.’



LFA Digital 2020

On Saturday the 27th June as part of the Digital London Festival of Architecture 2020, Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects will be hosting an online consultation day.

You can book your time slot with GeorgeEwald or Jessica here.

It will be a great opportunity for you to have a free 30 minute session with one of our team members to talk about a project that you might be planning for your home.

Whether you are considering adapting your home for remote working, you are tired of looking at your dreary old kitchen day after day or you are planning a big move or an ambitious new build project, we can offer you advice on design ideas, budget and timeline to help you get your plans kick-started.

Don’t Move, Improve 2019! Design Surgeries

Ewald and Jessica were on hand last Saturday at The Building Centre for free design surgery to advise and inspire Londoners looking to improve and not move! Run by New London Architecture.

These free consultations are a great chance for a chat with experienced refurbishment architects, set amongst the exhibition of the shortlisted DMI dwellings for 2019- delighted to be in the great company of some lovely firms like Archmongers and Con Form Architects.

Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards Night

Last night, we were delighted to attend the very busy Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 Awards where our project Woodworker’s Studio was lucky enough to be shortlisted.

While we weren’t fortunate enough to pick up any of the awards it was wonderful to see our project in amongst such amazing competition. The very deserving winner of the main award was a beautifully repurposed Chapel by Craftworks featuring an amazing origami-like ceiling.

You can see the list of winners here or the full shortlist here.

The Don’t Move, Improve! 2019 exhibition is on display at The Building Centre on Store Street until end March.

Love Your Home & Garden – Episode 3 Screening Tonight

Following the airing of the first two episodes of Season 2 of Love Your Home and Garden at the end of last year –  our directors George + Ewald are back on screen tonight on ITV1 to improve the family home of a very deserving family in Swindon.

George + Ewald, alongside fellow presenters, Alan TitchmarshKatie Rushworth and Kunle Barker transform Nina and Steve’s living spaces to make their home work better for them. With Nina and Steve both wheelchair users, George + Ewald’s reworked the layout of the home for ease of use, accessibility and link to the garden.

You can catch Love Your Home and Garden at 8pm tonight on ITV1. You can also read about the making of Episode 3 in George & Ewald’s blog here.

Nordoff Robbins wins RICS Regional Award London.

RICS Regional Award Category Community Benefit

We’re over the moon to receive the RICS Regional Award in the category of Community Benefit for our project Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre. We were proud to be listed within a strong line up of great projects and architects for both the Community Benefit and the Design Through Innovation Category.

Big thanks go out to our fab clients Nordoff Robbins and our trusty team including Freeman BeesleyCity Heights ConstructionConstant Structural Engineers, Measur and Nick Whitaker Acoustic Consultants.