MWAI recently entered an international competition for the design of a new community centre/event space in the “Biblioteca degli Alberi (Library of Trees)" park located in Milan. The project proposes a glowing "giant tree house" structure resembling the proportions and vernacular language of the neighbouring buildings. Hovering above the ground, the structure creates a new marble piazza with a café and oversize chess board.
The translucent shell consists of flexible and reconfigurable spaces of various sizes and a gallery circulation around the perimiter, all cantilevering from a solid timber trunk.
MWAI have acheived planning permission for a contemporary rear extension and internal reorganisation of a single family home in Clapham. The interior layout has been remodelled at ground floor level to include a unique central larder/service area. The rear extension creates a light filled space for open plan living, a roof terrace and a distinctive "natural meadow" roof garden.
The 2014 Architecture Club Summer Trip proved a hit with the MWAI team. The first stop was Turn End, where Peter Aldington and Jackie Hunt (Turn End’s head gardener) gave a guided tour around the beautiful Turn End gardens which have been created and grown as a natural extension to the house. Next stop was Waddesdon Manor and the Windmill Hill project, the creation of the Rothschild Archive in the heart of Waddesdon Estate.
And last but certainly not least was Flint House. The building has been described as having a rawness that echoes the landscape, jutting from the ground like a collision of tectonic plates, a man made mountain that follows the profile of the existing trees. The architecture becomes an optical device, at once a platform, frame and lens for viewing the surrounding landscape and context.
Thank you Architecture Club for a wonderful day!
MWAI were invited to provide initial architectural and design services for the development of a hotel within the heart of Jamestown, St Helena. MWAI were able to draw on their first hand knowledge of the island and experience of international hotel design to develop a project that sits appropriately within its context, responds well to the community and provides world class facilities.
MWAI are taking part in the Capital to Coast cycle challenge raising money for The Down’s Syndrome Association and Action Medical Research for children. The team training was slow to start but is now well underway to tackle the 60 mile route, and the infamous Devil's Dyke!
We would love to raise as much as we can for these worthy causes and would be greatful for any contribution however big or small. If you'd like to donate you can do so at the following link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MWAI
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This major, luxury refurbishment and extension of a 15,000sqft Grade II Listed Mayfair mansion is about to start on site.
MWAI will be restoring it back to its splendor as a single family residence with the addition of a beautiful glass extension for a kitchen. Upper Grosvenor Street, like many luxury residential projects in London, will have a spa and pool within the basement below the house.
MWAI and Interior ID's latest collaborative kitchen design featured on the front cover of DESIGNER Kitchen and Bathroom magazine this month. The kitchen island is made from polished smoked Eucalyptus with antique brass metal details and features an automatic sliding top which becomes a breakfast bar when extended. The worktop, made in porcelain ceramic with intergrated sink, includes an automatic pop-up tap in matching antique brass finish and flush fitted induction hob. The interiors include a pull-out bar with bronze mirror details, cutlery inserts in claret red suede with concealed LED lights.
MWAI were invited to explore the potential for the development of an ecological camp-site in the St Helena. The camp site is located in the Blue Hill district, in an area of Green Heartland (protected local ecology). The site is relatively remote. The project is required to be low tech, contextural and sustainable - minimising impact on the site and surrounding landscape. Key design considerations were local sourcing of materials, simple construction methods, environmental sensitivity and practicality.
MWAI are 25 weeks into 75 week programme at a family home in Chelsea and demolition work is almost complete. The lower ground floor slab has been removed and levels reduced to allow installation of the piling mat.
The proposal comprises of a new contemporary rear extension, remodelling of the existing house and two levels of new subterranean basement providing a cinema, gym, spa and utility rooms.
The elegant refurbishment of this six storey Grade II listed Mayfair town house has come to completion. The proposal reinstates the original rooms and allows for a new rear glazed conservatory to maximise natural light towards the rear of the property. The fresh clean lines create a modern traditional style, sympathetic with the existing house.
"Our team at MWAI were a pleasure to work with during the extensive renovation of our Mayfair home, a project that lasted 2 years. They were highly professional with a keen eye for detail. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the fact that we have just instructed MWAI again in relation to another London property." - client.
The international jury has been announced for this year’s World Architecture News Awards and MWAI are delighted to announce that Director, Matthew Woodthorpe will be on the judging panel for the Adaptive Reuse Award. This category celebrates the most inventive and creative designs that repurpose existing structures without losing any of their historic significance.
“It is a pleasure to be part of this year’s WAN AWARDS for Adaptive Reuse. It is a category I feel very passionate about. I am looking for some creative design solutions that provide a contemporary re-purpose of the building whilst retaining its’ character and sense of identity.” - Matthew Woodthorpe, MWAI
MWAI have recently delivered 2,600sqft of medical facilities in the heart of Chelsea. The Women's Wellness Centre is distributed over a ground and basement floor and provides a reception, two waiting areas and five consulting rooms. Two timber elements articulated the circulation and define the character of the space. We embraced the opportunity of integrating furniture, lights and graphics in the space by addressing the shopfront with a graphic that would add to the character of the road.