Corten and coloured zincs are ideal for external applications… as proposed here in Salford’s Former Police Station (sorry for the pun!). Metals are continuing to feature strongly in our work and they are so rewarding when we see a new stair, handle or elevational treatment that has been beautifully crafted by the metal workers that we work with.
Copper has gone though… sorry! Bronze and gold continue to feature strongly and best of all is the use of several metals used loosely together for an honest feel that is less styled and more created. Oh and of course our favourite is black hardware currently for bathrooms & kitchens.
P.s. Thank you to the kind skip in Knutsford for the timber soap tray in our studio bathroom!
When a scheme looks great the tone, texture and intensity of materials are balanced. We love working with natural materials for all these qualities.
Here Anna (the collector of all samples in the studio!) has selected an even surface with a fine textured finish for the roof which plays the largest part in a current scheme we’re working on. The many clay tiles wrap down over the uppermost storey creating the impression of a generous roof volume resting upon a brick volume. This is played out in a brick with a great deal of texture with a wide range of colour variation taken from the palette and to complement the even toned roof. The overall tone of the brick has been selected to be much lighter in an elegant way. All openings will support black bronze coloured aluminium windows to finish off the composition.
- Red clay roof tile// Goxhill p5/Autumn Brown by Wienerberger
- Red brick// Birtley Olde English Buff by Ibstock
- Zinc roll ridge & recessed gutters// Rainbow rojo/red by elZinc
- Aluminium windows// Ral8080
- Timber fins// sandblasted scaffold planks
We select internal materials in a different way.. we’ll keep you posted when we have chosen them!
As ever I’m reminded how lucky I am to work with such a great team… I’ve just received the most gorgeous teapot set for the studio as a Thank you from Adam for supporting him during his hugely important Chartering exams… Good luck today Adam & Tom in the final stage of their Part 3 exams in the interviews at Chester!!
Adam bought this lovely Tea pot from Object in Chorlton
We use models on all our schemes to really test their form. Clients, consultants etc. are all able to review a scheme on its merits and appreciate its form, shape and scale… in an instant!
This is really great for being able to display the scheme’s merits, being really honest about any shortfalls and ironing out any kinks (as issues cannot be hidden like they can in CGI’s!). It also allows us to handle the form and design in a very tactile and adaptable way getting the most out of our design skills every time.