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We are delighted to say that our Woodstock Apartments building has been shortlisted for an RIBA South Award 2024. These are the premium UK architecture awards and it is a real accolade to be on the shortlist. It is rare for a building for a private developer to get this far, and a great achievement for our client, Bright Properties, who asked us to design something much better - and more sustainable - than standard developer fare. They were prepared to go the extra mile to get something of real architectural merit; that is pukka patronage. Props to them and to the whole team: @fisherstudiosuk @greenwoodprojects_ltd @solid.engineering @ooelectricalltd @ribasoutheast @concrete_stairs

#Oxford #property #architect #apartment #design #designmyhome
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It was enjoyable, if somewhat daunting, to welcome so many fellow architects to site at Copper Bottom this week. Thank you to @ribasoutheast for organising the visit - and for the video! (Copy and paste the link to watch it.)

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@gc.interiors #sustainability #greenarchitecture #Oxford #CopperBottom
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Our concrete pavilion is the headline feature in the Architects Journal today.
Read all about it via the link in our bio:
@architectsjournal
#insideoutsideliving #lightfilled #airy #concrete #architect #architecture #architecturedesign #oxfordarchitecture
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A solar farm - but one that is invisible and uses no land. Our ambition is for all our buildings to be habitable renewable energy power stations; this shows how we can do it discreetly by putting large arrays of PV panels on shallow-pitched roofs hidden behind low parapets. To find out more, follow the link to the Copper Bottom blog in our bio.

#solar #solarenergy #sustainable #sustainableliving#sustainablebuilding #Oxford #greenhome #renewableenergy
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A bright start to the new year as our beautiful yoga studio in Oxford is named as a national winner in the 2024 Civic Trust Awards.

#yogabytheriver #civictrustawards #architecture #architectinoxford #Oxford #oxfordarchitecture #adrianjamesarchitects

@civictrustawards @vishuddhayogaoxford
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Happy New Year! If you would like to build something wonderful, we can’t promise it will be built by year’s end, but we can promise you something that maximises your site’s potential, is pure quality, ultra-sustainable and a real joy to behold and to occupy. So, as it says on the tin, message us.

#newyearresolutions #oxfordarchitect #Oxford #architecture
#buildbeautiful #lightandspace #oxfordshire #cotswolds
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Gazebo Concreto Four: concrete, of course, has a high carbon footprint. So we were clear from the very start that if we were going to use concrete we would need to minimise the embodied carbon and compensate for it by properly and fully offsetting. This could not be done on site so we researched the most effective and assured way to offset and the client has financed the requisite amount of new woodland planting in Yorkshire.
#concrete #concretedesign #lightandairy #indooroutdoorliving #carbonoffset #architecture #sculpture
@conformconstruction @wearedeltalight @centrespacedesign
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Gazebo Concreto Three: concrete is supremely versatile and can perform extraordinary structural gymnastics. We wanted to exploit these characteristics to the full by cantilevering the canopy out and giving it an airy weightlessness in contrast with its manifest mass. We stood the canopy on four slender columns, and we used a triangular geometry to create a sharp prow. We coffered the soffit and then punctured it with an array of small circular pavement lights, peppering the polished concrete terrace with pools of sunlight.
#concretegymnastics #concreteandlight #polishedconcrete #light #indooroutdoorliving #bulthaup #spaceandlight #architecturalgeometry
@conformconstruction @wearedeltalight @centrespacedesign
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Gazebo Concreto Two: our client loves the poetic purity of spaces and forms created only in concrete and defined by daylight: nothing more. With reference to Brutalist precedents and the particular example of John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein house in LA, they asked us to design a structure which pursued the higher artistic ideals of architecture: manipulating space and form to create drama and resonance.

#buildingassculpture #ambition #architecture #indooroutdoorliving #concrete #concretedesign #brutalism #brutalistarchitecture #insituconcrete #johnlautner #sheatsgoldsteinresidence @conformconstruction @wearedeltalight @centrespacedesign
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Gazebo Concreto One: this project, just completed, is less a building and more a habitable sculpture. Its pragmatic function is simply to provide shelter to an outdoor terrace, but our client wanted something more than just that; something of higher architectural ambition which exploited the full potential of a single material - concrete.

#buildingassculpture #ambition #architecture #indooroutdoorliving #concrete #concretedesign @conformconstruction @wearedeltalight @centrespacedesign
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Another gong for our Vishuddha Yoga Centre: it has been named as a Regional Finalist in the prestigious Civic Trust Awards.
We are one of only three in Oxford alongside a couple of Oxford college developments.
We will find out if we are a national award winner in January.
#civictrustawards #copper #Oxford #buildbeautiful #yogabytheriver #greenarchitecture
#sustainablearchitecture @civictrustawards
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Our Cotswolds project ‘The Bluff’ was featured in the Sunday Times yesterday, gracing the cover of the Home supplement.
You can read the full article with the owners’ extraordinary story on the Sunday Times website. And you can find out more about the architecture via our website through the link in our bio.
#sundaytimes #cotswolds #dreamhome #cotswoldstone #mancave #beautifulgardens #architecture @w.g_carter
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The new edition of Pevsner’s guide to Oxford and South-East Oxfordshire has just seven colour plates covering the best 21st century architecture in the area. All but one of them are of major institutional buildings; the last is a photo of Incurvo, the house Adrian James Architects designed in Goring. We are in illustrious company.
(AJA’s work gets eleven mentions in all: you can find them via the index….)
#pevsner #pevsnerarchitecturalguides #greatcompany #design #Oxford #oxfordshire #greatarchitecture #beautifulbuildings #brick
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Nikolaus Pevsner’s guides to the Buildings of England are “the greatest treasury of English architecture ever compiled”. The latest edition covering Oxford and South-East Oxfordshire, expertly and exhaustively edited and expanded by Simon Bradley, is just out. It has some nice things to say about Adrian James Architects` contribution to the architectural heritage of Oxford and its environs.
#pevsner #pevsnerarchitecturalguides #architecturalheritage #oxfordarchitecture #Oxford
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It’s filthy weather outside, so here is a picture of how autumn should feel, and how stonework sings in sunshine.

#houseinthewoods #autumncolours #stonework #autumncolors

@w.g_carter
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We`ve just opened up the double height space in one of our projects. A big window for a big view.

(You can also see the hyper-insulated, carbon-positive panellised timber frame shell.)

#bigwindows #light #bigview #doubleheight #doubleheightspace #amazingspaces #insulation #carbonpositive
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A first view of our new girls’ accommodation building at Shrewsbury School which completed in time for the start of term in September.
There is some barrier fencing to remove and some landscaping to be done, so it’s not at its most photogenic; we’ll get some pukka photos done in the new year.

@paveawaysltd @shrewsburyschool

#schooldesign #studentaccommodation #educationdesign #architecture #brick #contemporaryarchitecture #architect #light #schoolbuilding #arches
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Here is a detail of one of the sheets we submitted for the RIBA shops-to-schools competition. Shout out to our student intern for the summer, James Ellwood, who did amazing work modelling the building and assembling the sheets with real skill and a marvellous eye for detail. #riba #summerinternship #architecturecareer #greatspaces #freedomtothink ...

Our strategy for opening up the blank box of a local department store for the RIBA’s ‘Department 4 Education’ competition: perforate it like a Swiss cheese.
Mega-apertures in the roof and the walls to let people and daylight and fresh air flood in. A school at the heart of the city for everyone to learn new skills; a determinedly non-commercial, non-material hub for the community. Lovely graphic by @darren_riddle80.

#riba #lightandair #oxfordarchitect #designideas
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We like ideas competitions; they stir the creative juices and allow us to address big ideas with more freedom than real projects.
So over the summer we entered the RIBA’s ‘Department 4 Education’ competition with a proposal to convert an Oxford department store into a school.
Here is our view of the interior, once the building has been eviscerated and perforated and repurposed. Scrummy image by James Ellwood.

#creativejuices #bigideas #riba #oxfordschools #repurposed #schoolbuilding #oxford
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