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On here you will find everything from random chat about the things that make us tick, to updates and news on our most exciting projects.

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  • LIVING ETC X FACEBOOK

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    That time you’re scrolling down your personal FB page to see your work used as the feature image to a Living Etc article about ‘beautiful open storage and shelving’.

  • THE OBSERVER

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    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/03/industrial-chic-london-warehouse

    “Utilitarian but glamorous? It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but with the help of Alexander Owen Architecture, Cleo has created a vibrant, light-filled space with a clear nod to the building’s industrial past.”
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    “Lighting in the main living space comes via a bright-pink triangular installation designed by Cleo’s architects to echo the purple steels which frame the mezzanine bedroom area above. “I love that it is completely bespoke to the area and reflects the features of the space so well,” says Cleo. “My architects really got what I was about.”
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    “Star of the show is a bespoke coral and gold “shoe wardrobe”. As the glass door to each section is opened, a shelf glides forwards to proffer the selected shoe. The architects used hinges more commonly seen in cars to achieve this effect. Again, a “nuts and bolts” approach amid all this glamour.”
  • LIVING ETC

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    http://www.joleevers.com/portfolio/living-etc/livingetc-cleo-b

    Living Etc featured Cleo B’s place in their February ’16 issue over 4 double spreads, exposing AO’s handy work in this warehouse conversion that’s more “gold than grit”.

  • GRAND DESIGNS

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    Grand Designs magazine got in touch with us to showcase Ollie and Annie’s place in their March ‘Eye Catcher’ feature.

  • DON’T MOVE IMPROVE SHORTLISTING

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    Craig and Siobhan’s Place and Ollie and Annie’s Place were selected as part of the NLA Don’t Move, Improve Awards 2016 and were included in 3 month exhibition at the Building Centre in central London.

  • DEZEEN

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    http://www.dezeen.com/2015/12/09/londons-best-new-extensions-revealed-in-shortlist-for-dont-move-improve-2016-awards-2/

    We were named in the Don’t Move Improve Awards shortlist 2016 in Dezeen’s article on the award.

  • HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING AWARDS SHORTLISTING

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    Ollie and Annie’s Place was shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015.

    It was 1 of 19 projects shortlisted from across the country.

  • ARCHITECTS JOURNAL

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    AO get interviewed for a full page feature in The Architects Journal.

    What is your approach to winning new clients?
    Being down-to-earth and candid, because beyond approachability and knowledge, ultimately all clients want is trust and value. We simply try to understand what value means to each client, be it cost, speed, or creativity, and then ensure we put that and the client at the heart of the design process.”

  • OPEN HOUSE LONDON

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    Chris and Nette’s place could be found on the Open House London Tour in 2014.

  • RIBA’S RETROFITTING SEMINAR

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    Alexander Owen were proudly asked to speak at RIBA’s HQ on Portland Place to present 3 case studies as part of a seminar on retrofitting historic buildings to a room of RIBA’s member architects.

  • BRITAIN’S EMPTY HOMES

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    Our award winning retrofit in Peckham was been featured on the BBC series ‘Britain’s Empty Homes’. The show reveals the great potential that vacant properties can offer in terms of budget and lifestyle, and our project was used as a show case for environmental retrofit developments.

  • CHARLIE SLOTH’S PLACE INVADERS

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    Our award winning retrofit in Peckham has been featured on the London Live series ‘Place Invaders’ hosted by DJ Charlie Sloth. The show offered expert advice on getting on the property ladder, an exclusive look into the capital’s smartest pads, and an insider’s guide to London’s property scene.

  • Technicolour Dream Pad

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    “Utilitarian but glamorous? It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but with the help of Alexander Owen Architecture, Cleo has created a vibrant, light-filled space with a clear nod to the building’s industrial past.”
     __________________________________________________
    “Lighting in the main living space comes via a bright-pink triangular installation designed by Cleo’s architects to echo the purple steels which frame the mezzanine bedroom area above. “I love that it is completely bespoke to the area and reflects the features of the space so well,” says Cleo. “My architects really got what I was about.”
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    “Star of the show is a bespoke coral and gold “shoe wardrobe”. As the glass door to each section is opened, a shelf glides forwards to proffer the selected shoe. The architects used hinges more commonly seen in cars to achieve this effect. Again, a “nuts and bolts” approach amid all this glamour.”
  • “Pastels don’t have to be sugary sweet, as this industrial home shows us”

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    Our warehouse conversion refurb lands another feature…
  • Don’t Move, Improve! 2016 Open Day

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    Having had one project long-listed and one project shortlisted for the NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016, AO were invited to provide consultations with people looking to develop their homes.
    Both projects also featured in a 3 month exhibition at The Building Centre on Store Street.
  • “LIVING IN COLOUR”

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    Living Etc featured Cleo B’s place in their February issue over 4 double spreads, exposing AO’s handy work in this warehouse conversion that’s more “gold than grit”.
  • Houzz

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    Our work has been featured in numerous articles on the global home decor social network Houzz.

    Find our profile at http://www.houzz.co.uk/pro/alexanderowen.

  • “ENLIGHTENED”

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    Grand Designs magazine got in touch with us to showcase Ollie and Annie’s place in their March ‘Eye Catcher’ feature.
  • The Iconic Grade Listed Fox Building | 118 London Wall | City of London

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    Fox Fine Wines & Spirits – a wine bar incorporating a wine shop and full service kitchen over 3 floors – opened in late summer 2015 in the City of London, in the iconic, listed Fox building at 118 London Wall.
    Originally a shop that hand made and sold umbrellas to everyone from British royalty to JFK, the building has a Grade II listed interior and façade for which we needed Planning and Listed Building Consents, as well as a Change of Use.
    The facade includes the only neon sign in the whole of the Square Mile. Widely known to Londoners simply as The Fox Building, the rooms have been carefully and sensitively repurposed to offer three unique experiences. On the ground floor, a bustling shop and bar spills out into the pedestrian area outside where table service is available. On the first floor, the dining room offers a relaxed eating and drinking experience, whilst enjoying the view through floor-to-ceiling windows over the green outside. On top floor is the lounge; with leather armchairs, feature fireplaces, and private spaces, it creates convivial atmosphere.
    On offer are a carefully curated selection of over 300 wines and champagnes as well as signature cocktails, premium spirits and a complementary English influenced food menu.
  • “GET THE LOOK”

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    A great start to 2016 with a fantastic 9-page spread in February’s Living Etc Magazine out January 1st.
  • NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016

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    We are delighted to announce that Craig and Siobhan’s Place and Ollie and Annie’s Place have been selected as part of the NLA Don’t Move, Improve Awards 2016 longlist and will be included in the 2016 Exhibition in January!
  • THE RESIDENT

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    The Resident: Living South Magazine October 2015

    http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=afe201bc-f9f9-44ef-b1b2-22fc265981ec&date=15/06/2050-03:07

    Check out our 3 page feature from Page 20.

  • ENERPHIT CERTIFICATION

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    Our project at Barmouth Road, Wandsworth for the Caccavale’s was officially accredited with achieving the EnerPHit standard of energy efficiency and the first of its type in London.

  • Craig and Siobhan’s Gets shot

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    The newest home in our portfolio for Craig and Siobhan in Balham.

    Externally we installed a small copper canopy to frame the new mono-slide door system and window. This door-set was facilitated by a small cantilever which together with a flush drainage detail, seamlessly links a restrained patio with the new dining area. The mix of copper, brick, timber, and pastel surfaces hopefully provides the rich, bright, and textured palette Craig and Siobhan aspired to, whilst the new glazing floods the space with natural light.

    Photos by Tom St. Aubyn Photography

  • Shortlisted | The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015

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    We are proud to announce Ollie and Annie’s Place has been shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015. It’s 1 of 19 projects shortlisted from across the country.
    BUT, there’s a public vote which we means we need as much support as possible, so please follow the link below, click the circle next to the project name  “A Period Home in a Conservation Area with a Copper-Clad Extension”, and press the ‘Vote’ button at the bottom. 
    It’s as easy as that!
     
    Wish us luck!
  • REAL HOMES MAGAZINE

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    https://www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk/completed-projects/copper-roofed-family-kitchen-extension/

    “With its stunning copper-roofed extension, Annie and Oli Doherty’s kitchen-diner is a mix of modern and traditional style, and the perfect family space”

  • Craig and Siobhan’s Place is well on it’s way

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  • The Resident

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    The Resident: Living South Magazine October 2015

    http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/Launch.aspx?PBID=afe201bc-f9f9-44ef-b1b2-22fc265981ec&date=15/06/2050-03:07

    Check out our 3 page feature in this months magazine from Page 20!

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    Real Homes Magazine and Home Building & Renovating Magazine are both to feature Ollie and Annie’s place in two articles to be published this year and next respectively.

    Ollie and Annie were interviewed last week and had their portraits taken with the kids and are now all very excited and proud of the prospect at their beautiful home in not one, but two national magazines.

    We couldn’t be more pleased…there’s no better way to end a project than happy clients and featured articles to boot!

  • PASSIVHAUS TRUST

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    http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/news/detail/?nId=358#.U4TPoV6mCDU

    The Passivhaus Trust – the leading international low energy, design standard – have just written about our 120 year old terraced house which has been successfully retrofitted to the EnerPHit standard.

  • Kennington & Conservation

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    Ground is officially broken (along with some walls and floors) on our project for Dave and Renato in a Kennington Conservation Area.

    Featuring Pigmento-Zinc, contemporary red-brick detailing, and exquisite minimally-framed aluminium doors, this project should make for a very sophisticated addition to a very beautiful street.

  • Etcetera

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    Cleo B and her brand new apartment will be winging their way into Living Etc, Britains best-selling modern homes magazine!

    Look out for her featured interview in the Christmas edition out in November!

  • Housewarming

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    Fitzwilliam Road in Clapham Old Town is a beautiful part of London, and sits within Clapham Conservation Area which is noted for the many historic buildings dating from the 18th-19th Centuries.

    Having met at another of our clients housewarming parties post-build, we are now helping these 2 local bar owners to extend and refurbish their beautiful property and make it their perfect family home. What better way to win a new client, than at a housewarming party for a home that you’ve designed?!

    The scheme is to feature traditional as well as contemporary detailing, and is due on site Autumn this year.

  • At Home with Homes

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    Victoria Purcell, Editor at The Resident Magazine interviewed us recently for a small piece on designing homes.

    Due to be published in the Autumn!

  • Copper Connection

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    Craig and Siobhan’s place in Balham is in full flow.

    A grid of exposed timber rafters, internal brickwork, and external copper detailing is making for an interesting mix of materials.

  • The Architects Journal

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    AO get interviewed for a full page feature in The Architects Journal.

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    “The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at those who have recently decided to go it alone

    Main people Richard (Alexander) Bridges and James (Owen) Webster
    Based South-east London
    Founded 2014

    Where have you come from? 
    Having studied for our degrees and worked at Norman Foster together, we went to smaller design studios across London in order to work more closely with clients and end-users. Since then we have both been working independently, but last year we decided to merge.

    What work do you have?
    Primarily we work in the domestic market, designing extensions and refurbishments for homeowners, which is really rewarding.

    When the right projects arise, we work in the commercial sector. We really enjoy working closely with businesses to create branded environments and brand experiences, and we would like to do more of this in the future.

    What are your ambitions?
    For the foreseeable future we want to sustain an organic growth, focusing on the quality of our projects. Ultimately we hope the quality of our work will attract clients who want bespoke, creative solutions.

    What are the biggest challenges as a start-up?
    Primarily working with domestic clients can be a challenge. Constantly generating new leads is critical as there is rarely repeat business with homeowners.

    Another challenge is that not all clients are creatively minded so there is often a great void between those who see the value in design and those that don’t. We wholeheartedly believe that great design enhances daily life and so no matter the size or budget, we see it as our job to illuminate and reveal the benefits of creative design for our clients. 

    How did you win your first significant job?
    It was simply a mixture of networking hard for new leads while providing the best possible service on the jobs we had, no matter how modest.  Word of mouth has been a powerful tool for us, which is why focusing on quality is so critical.  You never know who somebody knows.

    What is your approach to winning new clients?
    Being down-to-earth and candid, because beyond approachability and knowledge, ultimately all clients want is trust and value. We simply try to understand what value means to each client, be it cost, speed, or creativity, and then ensure we put that and the client at the heart of the design process.”

  • Shooting

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    Our project in an East Dulwich Conservation Area gets shot.

    Featuring a 3m cantilever and 2 lengths of folding doors, this project is all about bringing the outside in….perfect for summer BBQ’s!

  • Green Sky Thinking

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    AO and Parity Projects have teamed up once again to extend and retrofit a house in Wimbledon for Ruth.

    The project will feature internal and external wall insulation, solar thermal and PV arrays, upgraded windows and doors, and rainwater harvesting.

    Watch this space!

  • OLLIE AND OLLIE’S PLACE GETS SHOT

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    Ollie and Annie with their 2 boys and a third baby on the way needed more space space for the kids to run around and a much bigger garden. When they saw this place they instantly fell in love.

    They bought this beautiful family home from a woman who had been born in the house and who had live there for almost 70 years. Needing modernisation they could see the potential in the property, so they commissioned us to help them turn into their dream home…

    A new ground floor rear extension was to accommodate a new kitchen, dining and seating area, whilst a side extension would provide secondary access as well as a utility room. At first floor an extension would accommodate a new walk in wardrobe with ensuite facilities accessed via a hidden door from the master bedroom. The property is located in a Conservation Area and Archeological Priority area, so the design needed to be sensitive to the period of the dwelling, whilst delivering on the brief for ‘a modern family home’.

    The result we hope is a contemporary classic.

  • BEN AND HANNAH’S PLACE GETS SHOT

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    Hannah and Ben’s terraced house in West Norwood got photographed yesterday. All built under Permitted Development policy, we’ve created a huge open plan living/dining/kitchen space with a dynamic folding roof complete with triangular roof windows. Professional shots coming soon!

  • COPPER BLING

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    The copper roof at Ollie and Annie’s place is well under way. Such an amazing colour now, and it will oxidise into an equally beautiful pale green over the next 25-30 years.

  • THE BRIGHT COLLECTIVE

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    “The Bright Collective; where a dazzling collection of diverse creative minds come together to think up big ideas.”

    Alexander Owen were proudly selected to become members of Golin Harris’ co-creation portal The Bright Collective.

    The collective is a carefully selected panel of creative minds, drawn from a range of industries to think up big ideas for big projects.

  • RUDY AND MARY’S PLACE PUT UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

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    Rudy and Mary’s amazing detached house in Teddington finally gets shot. Final images of the new 8m extension will arrive in the New Year, but their beautiful new home is certainly ready for festivities!

  • BESPOKE LIGHT STRUCTURE GETS SHOT

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    This bright pink bespoke lighting structure was designed by Alexander Owen to hang beneath 3 existing roof windows in a warehouse apartment. The light is dimmable so it provides both ‘task’ and ‘mood’ lighting, and is quite the statement piece!

  • VIRTUAL | REALITY

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  • SLIMLINE DOORS GET INSTALLED AT OLLIE AND ANNIE’S PLACE

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  • CLEO B’S PLACE NEARLY READY TO SHOOT

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  • EMMA’S LOFT EXTENSION IN BALHAM IN FULL FLOW

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  • RUDY AND MARY’S PLACE NEARLY READY TO SHOOT

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  • ICONIC | LISTED | APPROVED

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    Planning, Listed Building, and Change of Use consents achieved for young chain Planet of The Grapes.

    Fox Fine Wines Opening in 2015!

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