Previously featured in Thisispaper, 6a architects, founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001, is one of the leading architectural practices in United Kingdom.
Presented project, the studio complex for contemporary photographer Juergen Teller, won the Royal Institute of British Architects award for London’s Building of the Year. The concrete construction consists of three individual units, more specifically of an office space, a top lit studio space, and a building, which houses the kitchen, a library, a yoga studio and a sauna. The central volume of the building, which houses the studio, features skylights overhead, letting the natural light illuminate the interior. The three individual units are encompassing a beautiful green garden designed by Dan Pearson Studio.
While the garden is exquisitely designed, the perfect imperfections of natural elements are left uninterrupted. The buildings feature large glass windows, therefore the feeling of nature and light entering the interior is even more enhanced. The passively ventilated studio home uses sustainable solutions — photovoltaic and solar panels or the collection of rain water, in order to maximize the potential of the building. The architects paid extra care not interrupt the surrounding architectural scheme of the city. As they explain: “Other careful details make sure to ground the project in the architectural vocabulary of its site; the sawn timber shuttering used to texture the concrete façade matches the height of a stock London brick, while the external walls mesh the new building with the residual fragments of existing brick boundaries on either side. A roof terrace frames a typical city view of clay chimney pots and narrow gardens.”