With a history of weaving dating back to 1783, Brintons is a leading UK carpet manufacturer and designer with a reputation as one of the world’s premier carpet producers. As Royal Warrant Holder, Brintons has carpeted the worlds most prestigious locations; from palaces to hotels and cruise liners to airports.
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week, Studioshaw were asked to design an exhibition space for Brintons who have collaborated with contemporary artist Shezad Dawood for a pop-up art installation at General Project’s new creative workplace venue, Technique. We transformed a working loading bay into a gallery and installation space which will also be used for a series of talks and events throughout the week.
Stusioshaw also designed a series of temporary pavilions on an adjacent car park space, used as a meeting space for Brintons design team and clients. These intimate spaces, created from an elegant adaption of the humble garden shed, are lined in some of Brintons beautiful and unique carpets.
"It is overwhelming how a simple, resourceful and economical idea/vision can turn a very uninspiring space into one of the coolest venues in London. A great environment for a world class contemporary art installation and related events!" Candida Gertler OBE, Director of Studiomakers Initiative
After a great first year in Bootstrap, a community led office space in Dalston, we have moved to a new space on Rivington Street in Shoreditch. We are already enjoying being in the centre of this exciting area and amoungst other design firms.
Here be Dragons
Here Be Dragons is a digital app, story, walking tour, city-wide installation, treasure hunt, community forum and functional pavilion, combined into one immersive experience.
Here Be Dragons is designed to be scaleable from the start, with a single walking trail to begin, but potential for further trails to become available over time - seasonally, or annually, until all 150 green spaces in The City are integrated.
This is intended to encourage everyone in the City to engage with its green spaces more, whether that be residents, a worker walking from desk to train, or a tourist, encouraged to spend more time exploring the city.
Dundee Competition Win
Studioshaw has won first prize in an open ideas competition sponsored by Scottish Enterprise and the Dundee Institute of Architects. The is site within the District 10 masterplan, part of a billion pound regeneration of the Cities waterfront areas which includes a new V&A Museum by Kengo Kuma. The area is at the heart of the Dundee games industry, a fast-growing sector of the cities’ economy. The brief called for a new facility for children and young people.
Within the gaming industries, prototyping is incredibly important; to test, get feedback, iterate and collaborate. There is a constant need for people to participate and give feedback to these innovations, in order to make these products viable to take to market. Mobile technology means that we can now connect everyone in the city together. This technology allows us to explore the physicality of the city, and Pokemon-Go and google maps are examples of this.
Ourproposal is for a sunken, covered external space and a tower of work and meeting spaces, providing a physical home for the new digital and creative industries in the city. The architecture responds to this, giving a beacon for associated partners and creating a universal ‘icon’ which we felt was missing from the masterplan. The tower offers amazing views of the Firth of Tay and adjacent City Centre. The covered space is highly flexible and can host a wide variety of functions. These include;
We are currently working with Bistrotheque on the redevelopment project of their site in East London. Located in an area of rapid urban development, the project aims to more than double the current floor space whilst retaining the character which makes Bistrotheque so successful. The brief is centred around a new theatre space with supporting facilities, private dining rooms, multi-functional spaces, rooftop restaurant and external terraces.
Located in a converted factory in the East End, the two storey building currently contains a private dining room, the Manchichi Bar and the Main Dining Room, which seats 80.
Bistrotheque has built a reputation for entertaining the East End fashion and design industry and is a favourite weekend brunch spot. It opened with a cabaret room and for many years this provided original and innovative entertainment to both diners and locals. This project seeks to reintroduce this cultural element to the site by providing a larger theatre space.
‘Child House’ will bring together all services for children and young people who have been subjected to sexual abuse in the South East London NHS region. Following a pan-London review, Studioshaw has been engaged to collaborate on a new vision for NHS England, funded by Guys and St. Thomas’ Charity.
This transformational approach represents the first opportunity to translate the vision into a purpose-built facility. Every aspect of the design will respond to the need to create a setting where children and young people experience an environment that is safe, dignified, minimises anxiety and supports recovery.
It is also our ambition that the South East London Child House provides an exemplary service and sets a new benchmark in quality for others to follow across the UK. From the earliest stages we have worked closely with the NHS team, to consult widely and conceptualise the project.
This new build restaurant in a registered parkland setting will accompany self-catering holiday accommodation, proposed for the Middleton Lodge Estate, also designed by Studioshaw.
The building is set into the sloping landscape, and the diner’s arrival is controlled to initially obscure, then reveal long distance views across the North Yorkshire Moors. The form and materiality of the space is inspired by the rich and varied collection of Georgian buildings on the estate, many with arched forms.
Middleton Lodge Estate
Middleton Quarry is a unique setting which merits a distinctive architectural response. The site is a limestone quarry in registered parkland which forms the grounds of Middleton Lodge, in North Yorkshire.
Once quarrying is complete, there will be a restoration scheme on the site with a naturalistic meadow garden. Studioshaw has been involved in the design of the restoration scheme, which will take place once the minerals have been extracted from the site, creating an other-worldly landscape emulating the limestone geology of the North Yorkshire Moors. Through the design, we seek to reveal the layers of human intervention which have taken place here.
Following this, the practice has been commissioned to design 12 contemporary lodges and a fine dining restaurant, set into the unique topography.
The buildings create a dialogue with the extraction cliffs, where the landscape has been cut and carved to accommodate them and produce limestone for industry. This creates ambiguity and tension between the natural and created elements.
The project will extend the Middleton Lodge Estate, creating a brand new type of luxury accommodation.
Following an initial refurbishment of their Notting Hill branch, we have been working closely with this expanding independent pet boutique and grooming salon, to develop a new concept store which reflects the shift in consumer activity from traditional high street stores to online, thereby embracing the world of digital retail.
The new project, which includes their office headquarters and a grooming salon, creates a Community store, giving space within the footprint for canine community related activity. It also gives new opportunities for the retailer to display their specific internet-only products, as well as for customers to engage with the brand through social media platforms such as Instagram. We also propose to use the store’s street presence to maximum effect, creating special moments for online content.
Art and Sport Feasibility
A proposal for a leading independent school wishing to invest in new art and sports facilities.
Interestingly, each function benefits from consistent and cool-temperature north light, so a north-south saw tooth roof form, with glazed sections, could be employed for both. Art classrooms could then be arranged around a series of external painting and sculpture courtyards.
Circulation in the proposal is arranged around the courtyards via covered external walkways, which have planted roofs. This variety of courtyards offers a range of spaces, with differing light qualities at different times of day and year.
The indoor sports facilities are positioned to allow for spectators to enjoy sports being played on external all-weather pitches.
Common areas for staff are shared between the two departments and are accessible to older students. Changing areas are also shared. These overlaps are designed to encourage students of one department to engage with the other, in the interests of a well-rounded and balanced education.
Russets is a handsome, Arts and Crafts era house, compromised by a series of ill-conceived extensions. Studioshaw has been appointed to replace these with new, high quality contemporary family space, congruent with this elegant architecture and with equal material and design value. The project represents a sensitive approach to bringing contemporary architecture to a conservation area and we have worked closely with clients and local planning officers throughout the design journey.
At the heart of the design is a large double height open space. This is framed by a double height glazed lantern which captures the view of the garden.
The gallery is lined with the family’s book collection and offers a space to enjoy the view and the books.
Dark stained timber structural elements supporting the roof are common in the old and new parts of the house. At the front, a series of pitched roof forms articulate the bedroom spaces. At the rear, the facade opens to the garden.
The project extends an existing home for a private client who have a grandchild with special needs. The Ground Floor is reconfigured so that it is much more suitable for both her and the clients needs. A new ramped side entrance allows for a ramped access to the property.
The proposed additional massing is sensitive and appropriate to the scale and character of the street. The new first floor extension is set back from the existing 'Tudor style' facade and preserves the mansard roof profile. The extension at ground floor will transform the living/dining area, allowing more light to enter this key space as well as creating a more satisfactory relationship with the garden.
The proposed materials have been chosen to reference those of the existing building whilst creating a contemporary distinction. Shou Sugi Ban (Black burned cedar) cladding is a contemporary reference to the black timber elements and locally sourced light coloured red bricks reference the existing brick plinth.