The challenge was to carefully open up the rear of the house and combine a small kitchen with the main ground floor living area, divided by a much loved external brick wall. By integrating the existing structure within the plan of the house, the client was presented with a cost effective and sympathetic extension, loyal to the cottage’s style and proportions. A careful reconfiguration of the existing side wall overcame the challenging stepped site and narrow thresholds. By utilising the existing brick arched openings, the owners celebrate new and revived connections through the home whilst maintaining its original historical identity.
The Southside Building.
Albany House is a prominent 10 storey building in The Southside area of Birmingham,- a vibrant area of Chinese and gay culture, nightlife and theatre, minutes from Birmingham New Street. The new building will act as a keystone for the proposed Southside Square and surrounding regeneration of the area.
Whitman Wilde were approached with the brief of re-positioning the building, which included the refurbishment of approximately 20.000sqft of office space, improvements to the public areas including a new reception and cafe at ground floor, and improved amenities in the building. With a shoestring budget we worked closely with client through a number of feasibility studies to identify areas where the budget could be best spent to achieve maximum impact. The strategy was for a complete strip-out to maximise the space, and the introduction of light-touch interventions using cost-effective materials.
The existing shop fronts are North facing with a low level cantilevered canopy above adding to the dark and gloomy appearance at street level. Our design solution was to trim back the existing canopy to create full height glazed shop fronts. We also developed a standardised design template for the shop fronts which would improve the coherence of the building as a whole and improve the appearance of the street frontage onto the new Southside Square. The external design responds to the urban context and industrial heritage of the area, providing a robust facade in with an industrial material palette.
The refurbished building will provide a mix of small turn-key offices for start-up businesses, and shared workspaces for Birmingham’s creative industries.
Visuals: BLOC Visual
Photo credit: Ross Jukes
Photo credit: Ross Jukes
Photo credit: Ross Jukes
Set in the Aldersbrook Conservation Area in East London, this terrace house was remodelled to accommodate an interior designer and her family. A large kitchen and living area is created at the rear of the property, with further reconfiguration and refurbishment to the upstairs. The design includes a bespoke kitchen by award-winning designer and cabinet-maker Jack Trench.
Photography: Tim Crocker
Interior Designer: Stories Interiors
Co-working member's club.
Whitman Wilde worked in collaboration with Fran Hickman Interior Design to deliver the fit-out of a three-storey co-working space and private member’s club in the Middle East. The development includes over 3,000m2 of shared workspace and private offices with excellent facilities including two restaurants, café, screen room, rooftop pool and spa.
Huishan Zhang store, Mayfair.
The first London store for Chinese fashion designer Huishan Zhang.
The shop is housed within a listed building positioned in the middle of the Mayfair conservation area. Multiple applications were required before work could commence, including Listed Building Consent and Grosvenor Estate Permission to Alter consent.
The constraints of the existing building provided challenges but also the opportunity for an elegant design solution. A simple and beautifully crafted double arch which divides the space and adds a playful centrepiece to the minimalist store.
The interior design concept was developed in collaboration with Fran Hickman Design, and included bespoke terrazzo and timber joinery pieces for storage and display.
Whitman Wilde designed and delivered the fit out within tight constraints and time-frames, and the store was successfully opened on time for the start of London Fashion Week 2017.
Interior Designer: Fran Hickman Photographer: Annabel Elston
Carolina Bucci store, Motcomb Street.
This project included the Basement and Ground floor refurbishment of a Grade II listed building for jewellery designer Carolina Bucci. Located on Motcomb Street and within the Belgravia Conservation Area, the new timber and glass frontage builds on the familiar material traditions of the Georgian street. Behind the façade the user is greeted with floor to ceiling arches and deep surface textures of marble and terrazzo; a contemporary reference to the Florantine traditions and the jewellery designer’s heritage.
Interior Designer: Fran Hickman
Situated in the heart of the Primrose Hill Conservation Area, this 5-storey Georgian townhouse was extensively renovated and repositioned for the private rental market. The brief included a full internal reconfiguration as well as external works to the rear of the property.
Due to its historic location, the project required extensive consultation with the local planning authorities and community heritage organisations.
Whitman Wilde provided full architectural design services for the project which included the interior fit-out of the entire house, and the re-positioning the property for the rental market.
This project included the complete refurbishment of a Victorian property within an Isligton conservation area, into a family home for an interior designer and his family.
The property had suffered from low quality rear additions and the brief was to simplify and open up the upper and lower ground floor to the garden by re-building the rear extension. Enlarged sliding doors at the rear open out onto a new external terrace that leads down a metal and glass staircase to the garden
Working within the tight Islington planning restrictions, the challenge was to gain additional area within the property, whilst retaining the original character of the house. Our solution was to extend below an existing suspended decking to create enlarged bedrooms at lower ground floor for the children, with access to the rear garden. The design also included tanking an existing arched coal store below the pavement to create a new subterranean wine store.
The first floor has been entirely reconfigured to include an en suite and walk-in wardrobe room with space saving sliding pocket doors connected to the master bedroom. Working with local terrazzo craftsmen, we developed large format terrazzo tiles for the bathroom with matching bespoke carved terrazzo wash basins.
The success of the project is down to collaboration with specialist craftsmen. Designs for bespoke joinery throughout the house was developed on site to ensure the clients needs were provided for and integrated into the original house.
The Chess Club.
Located in the heart of the Mayfair, this Georgian townhouse was in a poor state of disrepair when acquired by the client. Whitman Wilde were the architects in a multi-disciplinary team, led by interior designer Fran Hickman, appointed to transform the derelict building into a restaurant and member’s club.
Set within one of London’s largest conservation area, a number of constraints had to be addressed. The project required three separate planning applications, a specialist fire strategy and extensive stakeholder consultation with the local residents associations and the UK security forces owing to the neighbouring Saudi Arabian embassy. In addition to the exhaustive restoration process, the client’s brief for the interior was simple – to create a second home for their members; a space that they wouldn’t want to leave and to which they would look forward to returning.
Interior Designer: Fran Hickman
Photographer: Annabel Elston
The owners of a cattle shed in Dorset have appointed Whitman Wilde to transform an agricultural building into a new single story family home.
Due to the Class Q planning restrictions, the external envelope retains the industrial shed typology with simple timber cladding and large flush windows, whilst internally the layout works around the existing steel structure to provide a central living space with four large bedrooms.
The dual aspect living area spans the central width of the shed to maximize the tall ceilings and daylight, with the bedrooms positioned at the corner eaves to provide a more sheltered space at night. The thick walls provide deep set window ledges for window seats where the family can capture moments in the ancient landscape.
Having previously been used as an artist’s painting studio, Whitman Wilde were appointed by the client to convert this former warehouse unit into an apartment. Originally built in the 1920’s as shoe factory, the space boasts five-metre high ceilings and original large crittal windows. Taking advantage of the volume, the proposal saw a mezzanine floor added to the back of the property to form a guest bedroom and study. Built-in joinery was used to maximise storage to ensure the space felt uncluttered. Warm oak was used as a floor and wall finish to contrast with the exposed concrete ceilings.
Photographer: Chris Snook
This disused infill site is to be redeveloped to provide six affordable family homes in Collingwood, Hull. They will be constructed using MassBespoke - a digitally enabled off-site construction system – to deliver high quality, sustainable homes within a tight budget. Working closely with the Goodwin Trust, Bauman Lyons Architects and MassBespoke, Whitman Wilde will be responsible for taking the project through planning and technical design.