The design is rooted in the rigorous development of a concept that is borne from investigative research of the host building and the wider context. The development of this concept and the proposal are further described and detailed in this report.
The existing building is not to be demolished and the existing fabric largely retained. It also has a reduced basement. These differences result in a proposed scheme, that has a different architectural concept and materiality. The uses for the building remain as permitted. A contemporary gallery/showroom for Aria is retained, a design and furniture retailer who have 2 further stores in the immediate vicinity. Aria require additional space to allow expansion.
Above the new gallery will be a residential unit of a similar size to the permitted scheme offering a 2 bedroom dwelling of the highest standard making use of this unique site. The proposal has been designed and developed through research, creating a proposal that although contemporary is completely of its place and deeply rooted in the history of the host building.