This Grade 2 listed building lay derelict for many years, before an adjoining owner purchased it with a view to turning it into a new house for their family designed to their own requirements. It was the subject of two planning applications, which took nearly 3 years in total to complete.
The vast majority of the original structure has survived. This clearly adds to the character of the finished building.
Natural materials have been used throughout and where historic/ contemporary elements meet shadow gaps have been introduced to highlight the juxtaposition. Practical additions such as interior rooms, staircases, kitchen and fireplaces form free standing geometric forms.
The central space houses the kitchen, which has been specifically designed to address the social and family requirements of the owners and responds beautifully to the open plan nature of the house. The kitchen can be seen in the round from all the major public spaces in the house. It acts as an integral part of the character of the house being both beautifully crafted and providing opportunities for social interaction. It is not hidden away but celebrated as the centrepiece and has the status of the most important space in the home.
ROBIN HADDOW - Biography
Robin studied architecture at Strathclyde University, Glasgow and was awarded 1st Class Honours in Architecture. His thesis in housing was awarded best work of the year in the UK.
He exhibited in the Salon ?Best 40 architects under 40 in UK? sponsored by the Architect?s Journal.
Robin has always been passionate about architecture both contemporary and traditional and has supported many campaigns to save valuable old buildings in Glasgow. In order to save and protect internationally significant work, he founded the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.
In 1990, he moved to South England and shortly thereafter opened his own practice in Basingstoke, Hampshire which has developed in to a leading architectural practice in Hampshire. He supports the profession with his work as RIBA South Chairman and has judged the RIBA Awards in 2007 and 2008. His work in new house design has focused on responding to the client?s own wishes by developing a creative vision sensitive to the site and built using local materials, wherever possible. Sustainable design and low energy solutions are all part of this approach.
One of the practice?s houses has recently been published in Detail in Contemporary Kitchen Design by Virginia Mcleod and another is due to be included in a book of 100 international contemporary houses. The practice also has projects regularly featured in popular build and design magazines.
About the Haddow Partnership:
The Haddow Partnership provides a full range of architectural services over a variety of procurement routes. These include planning supervision, space planning and interior design in addition to traditional services. Our project and activity base is broad, encompassing commercial fit-outs in the UK and the continent and office buildings in Hampshire as well as art galleries and more local works on listed buildings and large domestic projects.
The practice is proud to hold ?Investor in People? accreditation which embraces our commitment to training and development of our staff and with an equal opportunities policy.
For more information, see www.haddowpartnership.co.uk
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JOHNNY GREY - Biography
Johnny Grey is a kitchen designer based in Hampshire, England who has been heralded as ?The World?s Best Kitchen Designer? by Metropolitan Home Magazine (New York) and the ?Kitchen Designer?s Designer? by Homes & Gardens (London). Inspired by his aunt ? the British food writer Elizabeth David ? he sees the kitchen as much more than just a place to cook; it represents the social heart of the modern home.
After graduating from the London Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1977, Grey set up a design studio and furniture workshop. In 1980, his reputation as a kitchen designer grew as he pioneered the concept of the ?unfitted? kitchen ? a philosophical idea relating to a more sociable design that incorporates free-standing furniture. His core design concepts focus on unfitted kitchen ergonomics, soft geometry, sociability in the kitchen, the blurring of indoor and outdoor environments and hard-wired elements of comfort.
His clients include Sting, Howard Jones, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Steve Jobs. Grey is also the author of three books: The Art of Kitchen Design (1994), The Hard Working House: The Kitchen Work Book (1997) and Kitchen Culture (2004). In addition to his writing, he travels around the world as a lecturer at industry events and advises a variety of companies, such as Electrolux and Maytag.
In collaboration with Salford University Professor John Zeisel, Grey has recently been involved with neuroscience research projects studying architecture and well-being.
About Johnny Grey Studios
Johnny Grey is a kitchen designer based in Hampshire, England and has been heralded as ?The World?s Best Kitchen Designer? by Metropolitan Home Magazine (New York) and the ?Kitchen Designer?s Designer? by Homes & Gardens (London). He is also the author of three books: The Art of Kitchen Design (1994), The Hard Working House: The Kitchen Work Book (1997) and Kitchen Culture (2004). Johnny Grey Studios is a network of designers across the US and UK who are trained by Grey and subscribe to his approach to kitchen design. For more information, see www.johnnygrey.com.
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