Photography: John McDavid

From Assemble: “Yardhouse is an affordable workspace building based in Sugarhouse Yard, funded by the LLDC as a pilot for the provision of new creative workspace in the Olympic Park.

The layout of the building reflects an aspiration to create a sociable and collaborative work environment. The building is arranged as a simple 2 storey, 3 aisled structure. The side aisles are used as individual studio spaces, and open onto a generous double height communal area. Studios are provided without partitions, but tenants are free to adapt their space to suit their practice, combining adjacent units or enclosing their space for greater privacy.

The main structure is formed from a barn-like timber frame and enclosed by insulated panels. The front facade facing onto the Sugarhouse Yard is made from concrete tiles handmade on site. The unlikely scale, intricacy and beauty of this frontage creates an active backdrop for the public yard onto which it faces.

Through utilizing off the shelf materials and taking an extremely economic approach to construction, the project provides the generous scale, light quality and ceiling heights appropriate for creative uses at a fraction of the cost of a conventional new build. Constructed for only £291/m2, the project presents extraordinary value for money and guarantees the spaces provided can be affordably let to its end users. The building was fully let prior to completion, oversubscribed with 10 applicants for every space.”

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High & Over by Amyas Connell

artello Tower by Piercy Conner Architects

lip House by Carl Turner

Read a roundup of last year and predictions for the coming year in our January 2015 Market Report. Last year we reversed the trend of a quiet December, selling five properties via sealed bids. The number of unique visitors to our website is up 400% on five years ago, and newsletter subscribers up a massive 500%. We sold two properties to Turner Prize winners and sold in SE5 for more than £2,000,000. We also sold a number of listed properties, properties with RIBA awards and a Manser Medal winner. Some of our most notable sales of 2014 were conversions: an ice-cream factory, a water tower, a furniture workshop, an electricity substation and, perhaps most memorable of all, a Martello Tower. Read a more detailed account plus an analysis of 2015 trend predictions here.

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Wall House by FAR, in Lampa, Santiago, Chile, was built in 2007. It has four distinct structural layers. The core structures of the house are made of concrete, the internal structural features are made of timber, the external structure is a layer of high-insulation polycarbonate panels and this is surrounded by a soft fabric membrane.

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MEA House, Newcastle, by Ryder and Yates (1972-4) 

Mountbatten House (formerly Gateway House), Basingstoke, by Arup Associates (1974-6)

Bank House, Leeds, by Building Design Partnership (1969-71)

Fourteen post-World War Two office buildings have been Grade-II listed by English Heritage, including the work of leading modern architects like Norman Foster, Richard Seifert and Peter Foggo. The new additions, based in major cities across England, follow an English Heritage project to assess commercial buildings designed between 1964 and 1984. The selected buildings show how architecture has responded to radical changes in the way we work. Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey, said: “Listed buildings are not just about historic houses and ancient monuments, they also serve to protect our recent heritage and preserve the best examples of our fantastic architecture.” The list includes four buildings by Arup & Associates (1 Finsbury Avenue in London, Gateway House in Basingstoke, Central Electricity Generating Board in Bristol, Gun Wharf in Chatham), two by Richard Seifert & Partners (Space House, London, Alpha Tower in Birmingham) and IBM Pilot Head Office, Cosham, by Foster Associates. For more information visit English Heritage.

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This private house in Berlin by David Chipperfield Architects was built 1994–1996. Enveloped entirely in a brick skin, the house gains a physical solidity reminiscent of the early Modernist houses of Erich Mendelsohn and Mies van der Rohe, especially the latter’s three projects of the late 1920s: Wolf, Esters and Lange. Photography: David Chipperfield Architects

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House in north London

House in Coventry

Architect’s Statement
MJP Architects specialises in projects on sensitive sites, which involve delicate planning negotiations and high quality design to achieve consent. Our designs do not have a recognisable style ‘signature’, although they share spatial, formal and technical themes, particularly an interest in historical precedents and an innovative approach to structure and the use of materials. MJP has achieved 24 Civic Trust Awards and 21 RIBA Awards. Its work has been published in major UK architectural titles, including The Architectural Review, Architecture Today, Architects’ Journal, Building and Building Design, as well as magazines in Germany, Japan, Italy, China and the United States.

MJP Architects is one of a number of entries recently added to our Directory of Architects and Designers. For modern properties for sale in the UK, visit The Modern House.


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