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Annabelle Tugby Architects is a contemporary architecture practice specialising in high end residential work. We use a collaborative approach across architecture, urban design, interiors and furniture design.

We work with individuals and organisations who inspire us and together we explore possibilities, creating designs that solve multitudes of problems and whose results engage in a delightful way.

Our projects are composed in a contemporary vernacular style. Designs are sympathetic to their locality and carefully considered in terms of budget, client aspirations and buildability. Our work celebrates beautiful materials, textural contrasts and finely crafted minimalist detailing.

As a team of six, we collaborate on larger projects such as multi-occupancy schemes as well working as project architects on individual residential builds. We enjoy the challenges of working in Greenbelts, upon listed properties or within Conservation Areas and clients benefit from our pro-active and creative approach.

Building our own work periodically also sets us aside from other architects as we are patently aware of the commitment a client makes, the risks and the pressures – making efficiency on projects an essential element to all our work.

process

All our card and timber models are built in house and demonstrate different issues depending upon their scale. From the complex forms of a one-off house, to a larger scheme with site boundaries and contours all the way through to a detailed interior model, street scene or elevational detail.

They communicate clearly and fully to our clients how their project will appear so that everyone is very clear of the projects many qualities. It is also impossible for a model to ‘hide’ unresolved issues and they are an essentail tool to prevent undiscovered issues too.

They bring everyone on board with a project too at key points such as planning or public consultation as they identify neighbouring properties, adjacancies, impact, overshadowing etc. This full support is often the difference between a stalled project and a successful project which is a relief to our clients in difficult situations.

principles

We believe our extreme care, thought and attention to detail is just a small part of our success. The larger part is the synergy of our team.

We truly collaborate. Everyone’s voice is heard, we work around one desk, and there is a lack of ego and a completely level structure. Our skills overlap and we complement each other through our own individual priorities for form, materiality and the resolution of plan and section. We are seeking to build an algorithm for our clients, the perfect answer to their brief, answering all of their known and unknown needs.

The result is a clear diagram, the theory which runs through the design; it is tangible and easily describable, best of all with pencil and paper in a simple sketch. To disregard the integrity of this diagram results in a misguided design that is not clear in its intentions, purpose or design.

Principles

  1. Quality of human experience – Light, acoustics, sun, view, texture, sensation – the key components. We love to build our work and inhabit it ourselves as we learn so much this way!
  1. Contextual fit – Our buildings must belong in their context and respect their surroundings. We are not interested in architecture which seeks to dominate or overpower its neighbours.
  1. Joy – Both throughout the design process and in the finished product, we want everyone to enjoy our buildings and architecture.

An Architect’s manifesto so often begins with ‘Every project starts with a question…!’ and yet it is our true feeling that every project really starts with ‘The Frustration’; the need to be creative, to resolve a problem, the desire to create the very best piece of work we have ever created, to feel the thrill of being an artist and the pride, care and enjoyment that comes with this.

As a practice we have no predilections for project size, look, geography or scale – only feel. The enjoyment of our work and our integrity is most important and the chance to create our best work during these difficult times makes us happy.