This image was taken during the refurbishment and extension of the stables building on Kingsland Road in Hackney. It goes some way to explaining the complexity of interlacing old, new and temporary structures in the roof space. Things got more complicated as services went in - and getting the temporary... read more →
Our text was shortlisted in an RIBA competition titled Resources, Urbanism, Community and Collaboration - What does the future hold? This is what we said: Urbanism & Community Internet shopping is good for us: Home deliveries from supermarkets is making hypermarkets and out of town shopping centres change and become... read more →
This picture shows a contractor setting out the reinforcing bars in the basement slab of a new house that we completed. The side walls of the pit are formed by contiguous piled walls, which are finished off at the top with a capping beam. After the mayhem of demolition, piling... read more →
While carrying out the final inspection for the refurbishment of a flat in Hackney I took this photo of a door threshold detail - I like the way a simple detail photo becomes an abstract image full of light and texture.
Douglas Architects are currently upgrading a Victorian house in Stoke Newington. As usual our approach is very hands-on with a lot of dialogue with the clients and the builders.
Douglas Architects has been asked to design an extension for a derelict crofters cottage on the slopes of Hergest Ridge in Wales. Hergest Ridge forms part of Offas Dyke which separates Wales from England. The valley is so beautiful we felt obliged to put a picture of it here before... read more →
Light seems to enjoy playing in a different way in empty buildings than it does in inhabited buildings. Empty buildings and building sites often make beautiful places. They are somehow full of the past while at the same time hinting at what the future might look like. We like to try... read more →
We really like all the wonderful textures in this image. It was taken during the conversion of a house in Notting Hill Gate. The timber framed structure in the foreground is the main structural wall in the middle of the house - many Victorian houses are built like this in... read more →
Planning permission is the key to most projects. Being based in Hackney for the last 12 years we spent a lot of time at Douglas and King Architects dealing with the planners and we got to know them quite well. We achieved planning permission for our clients on listed buildings,... read more →
We like to remember the fact that buildings are built for people – and built by people. The process of construction is informative, rewarding and surprising for everyone concerned. We enjoy working with builders on site and learning the ins and outs of their trade. (more…)