AR Design Studio: Winchester Architects

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AR Design Studio : Winchester Architects

Contemporary Hampshire Architecture Practice, England, UK

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AR Design Studio News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

20 May 2019
Five Elms, Bosham, West Sussex, southern England, UK
Five Elms House in Bosham, West Sussex
image courtesy of AR Design Studio
New House in Bosham
AR Design Studio has received planning permission for Five Elms, a private bespoke new build house located in Bosham, West Sussex, set within the sensitive context of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

21 Jan 2019
Creek House in Bosham, Chichester District, West Sussex, South of England, UK
Creek House in Bosham West Sussex
photographer : Martin Gardners
Creek House in Bosham
Creek House is a private bespoke new build house.

13 Jun 2018
The Hong Kong House, South of England, UK
The Hong Kong House in England
photo © Martin Gardner
The Hong Kong House
The Hong Kong House is a private extension and renovation project, completed in late 2017 by this Winchester based architects office. A world away from the client’s former home in Hong Kong, the house provides an opportunity for the family to have a familiar inside-out space to live in and relax.

22 Mar 2018
RIBA South East Awards Shortlist in 2018

Black House, Kent one of fourteen buildings shortlisted for RIBA South East Awards 2018 by the Royal Institute of British Architects judges. There were 43 buildings entered in the region, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Black House
photo © Martin Gardner

RIBA South East Awards 2018

7 Feb 2018
The Elements House, Hampshire, South of England, UK
The Elements House
photo © Martin Gardner
House by River Hamble in Hampshire
Located in Hampshire within close proximity to the River Hamble, this remarkable new-build family home provides substantial entertainment space, designed by local architects AR Design Studio. Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects was carefully selected for the exterior cladding of this property, which comprises three interlocking blocks organised around a central courtyard.

2 Oct 2017
New Pond Street, Newhall, Essex, South East England, UK
New Pond Street Newhall, Essex by AR Design Studio
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AR Design Studio receives planning permission for ‘New Pond Street’

The Winchester architecture practice were approached by the client, Little Acre Developments, to develop plans for a three house development in Newhall, Essex. Newhall is a new community made up of a series of interlinked developments by a variety of architects, including Alison Brooks’ distinguished Newhall Be housing. The site is constrained by existing development and roads to three sides. As a result the design needed to address each street frontage while making the most of views over the neighbouring woodlands.

New Pond Street properties in Newhall, Essex by AR Design Studio
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The design of the houses is a response to the street scene. Each three storey house features a primary timber clad unit with a single storey element that affronts the street. The result is that the site retains visual permeability between each house while the single storey elements create a sense of unity and horizontality at street level. These spaces contain the living room, which are provided here to establish a double aspect, with views down the garden of each plot and out over the road onto the woodlands. The rear of the ground floor features a large kitchen and dining space, which opens out onto the garden and shares a courtyard with the living room.

At each street corner, oriel windows are used at second storey, clad in the same metal as the ground floor to allow each house to turn the corner and address each street through a material relationship. The houses slope from front to rear in order to reduce the visual mass of each house and minimise overlooking to the neighbours and maximise the amount of natural light available to each garden.

The result is a set of houses that respond to both its setting within Newhall and position on the urban fringe, taking influence from both in terms of massing and materials from the urban and the surrounding woodlands.

18 Sep 2017
Castle Cove Houses, Portland Harbour, Dorset, Southern England
Castle Cove Houses on Portland Harbour
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Castle Cove Houses in Dorset
Situated on the Jurrasic Coast, the three house development sits above the public beach Castle Cove, overlooking the Portland Harbour.

The area is famous for its sailing and watersports, hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events in 2012.

24 Jul 2017
Black House in Kent, South East England, UK
Black House in Kent by AR Design Studio
photograph : Martin Gardner, martingardner.com
Black House in Kent
A retired engineer and Conran interior designer, the clients, chose to move from a 15th century Tudor house and build a contemporary dream home in their garden.

6 Feb 2017
The Crow’s Nest Residence, Dorset, England
The Crows Nest
photograph : Martin Gardner, martingardner.com
Contemporary Residence in Dorset by AR Design Studio
Winchester architects practice was approached by the clients who were looking to extend their holiday home on a cliff top on the South Coast. Half way through the planning process, the existing house catastrophically broke in half one night during a landslip.

5 Dec 2016
The Hill House, Winchester, Hampshire, England
The Hill House by AR Design Studio
photograph : Martin Gardner, martingardner.com
The Hill House by AR Design Studio
The Hill House sits in an area of Winchester that has a hidden and secluded feel yet somewhat paradoxically, has some of the greatest views in the city.

7 Sep 2016
House at Chichester Harbour by AR Design Studio

Winchester architecture office receives planning permission for ‘Moat Cottage’

The 428sqm four bedroomed dwelling is set within the sensitive context of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the Bosham estuary. The site also lies within the Bosham Conservation Area, which strives to protect and enhance the village’s traditional character and significant history. Despite the constraints of the site, previous accolades by this Winchester architects office including receiving planning for a ‘Paragraph 55 House’, provided the ideal experience to introduce a contemporary approach to the site.

House at Chichester Harbour

The clients, long term residents in the area, bought the existing property with the intention of demolishing and replacing it with their dream lifetime home. Though the existing house had fallen into a state of disrepair, the site’s harbour side location and stunning views provided great potential for innovative design. Our proposal, set alongside an architecturally acclaimed house designed by the renowned architect, Michael Manser, will set a contemporary precedent for the area.

The team at AR, with an extensive water front portfolio, worked closely with both Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the planning department to achieve a sensitive design appropriate to its context. The desirable views principally informed the concept of upside-down living; concrete forms house the sleeping spaces and act as a plinth to elevate the living spaces, stretching towards the south to maximise light and views over the harbour.

Chichester Harbour view

A carefully selected material palette of board marked concrete and timber were chosen, allowing the proposal to blend into its context. Much like a defensive sea wall, the concrete creates a sense of protection from the elements. The tone, texture and tactility of the material draws inspiration from the nearby Holy Trinity Church, known for the speculated burial of the last Anglo-Saxon King, Harold Godwinson. The timber delicately contrasts this with its soft, natural feel, and will weather and age with the tree lined setting.

The local context of Bosham was studied closely with the aim for the proposal to sit comfortably within and respect the setting of the harbour. A traditional pitched roof vernacular was highlighted and incorporated into the design. This was further manipulated to minimise the pitch and impact of the dwelling and take on a unique yet familiar aesthetic. The contemporary form also creates movement within the design to continue the rhythm of the existing development.

In turn, the design will enhance the architectural distinctiveness of the area, whilst providing a modest, design-conscious home for the clients to enjoy their retirement.

Paragraph 55 House, Buckinghamshire, southern England – 24 Mar 2016
Paragraph 55 House Ravenstone
image from architect
Planning permission for this contemporary property: the 3-bed dwelling that sits in the Buckinghamshire countryside, was placed under the paragraph 55 planning clause due to its ‘green belt’ site.

The Medic’s House, Winchester, Hampshire, England – 11 Oct 2013
The Medic's House Winchester
photograph : Martin Gardner, www.spacialimages.com
Upon the arrival of their new baby daughter, the need for additional family space meant that the client’s existing 1950s three bed house desperately needed extending. The brief called for two additional bedrooms upstairs and a large open-plan family space with light, views and access to the beautiful garden at ground floor.

Folding House, England – 5 Sep 2013
Folding House
image : AR Design Studio
This Hampshire architects office have designed a highly contemporary dream home for a retired client and his son. Showcasing stunning river views from all three levels, the folding design incorporates a blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces that extend out into the landscape and beyond.

Elm Court House, North London – 31 Jul 2013
Elm Court House
photo : Martin Gardner
Hidden from view, behind the ordinary looking façade of a modestly sized semi-detached house in North London, sits an elegant piece of modern contemporary architecture. The recently retired owners sought to adapt the existing small and cramped property into their perfect home.

Glass House, Hampshire, southern England
Glass House England
photo : Martin Gardner
Glass House England – 15 May 2013
It is not every day that a body is found buried on your building site, but on a summer’s morning in 2012 this is exactly what happened while builders were laying foundations for RIBA award-winning Winchester architects studio’s latest project.

Major AR Design Studio Building

Abbots Way House, Hampshire, south east England
Design: Architect: Andy Ramus – AR Design Studio
Hampshire House
photo : Martin Gardner, spacialimages.com

Abbots Way House – 2 Oct 2012
This latest project by the Winchester architects firm is a stunning 5-bedroom house. Bordered by mature trees and a small lake, this spectacular house creates feelings of ultimate relaxation and privacy, whilst its contemporary design juxtaposes superbly with its beautifully rural location, on the south coast of England.

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AR Design Studio – Practice Information

Enghlish architecture practice based in Bournemouth, Dorset & Winchester, Hampshire.

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Architect/Studio Profile

Andy Ramus is a 40 year old architect, born in London and trained at Plymouth School of architecture under mentor Professor Adrian Gale. In 2000 he completed his education at the AA.

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Andy Ramus
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In 2001, after 5 years working in London, he established his own practice and is now based in Hampshire. AR Design Studio is a young, highly motivated, contemporary architectural practice dedicated and passionate about delivering elegant and functional solutions to the field of modern living.

Initially designing small bespoke extensions and furniture, the practice has steadily extended its portfolio to include several one-off houses and a range of luxury commercial refurbishment and new build schemes.

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AR Design Studio
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They love working with glass and they have developed innovative structural glazing systems. These have been used to create high-quality water front homes and sophisticated solutions for modern day living, such as the Lighthouse 65, winner of the prestigious RIBA Downland Award 2012, and the Boathouse which recently won the Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year Award. Their elegant and contemporary designs are held in high regard within the Architectural industry; AR Design Studio were shortlisted for the RIBA Downland Award again in 2010, while Andy Ramus has been shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year 2011.

AR Design Studio are also catching the eye of the national media and have been featured recently in the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and Hello and Grand Design Magazines, as well as overseas publications.

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