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Author: George Bradley

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Architect George Bradley interviews the designers of inspiring homes. The spaces that we live in have an enormous impact on our lives. Every fortnight join George, as he interviews architects from around the world to find out how they create inspirational places to live. If you are interested in house design, are planning a project of your own or just love good architecture, then this is the podcast for you. At the end of every episode, George will be asking his guests the same three questions; what really annoys them about their home, what house have they visited that has made them feel happy and if they could choose anyone to design them a house, who would they choose? George is a director of London based studio Bradley van Der Straeten Architects.
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In this episode I am joined by Jennifer Kudlats, founder of Canadian practice Studio A/C. We discuss the Shallmar Residence in Toronto, designed for a family of five, with a serious art collection.The practice describes the project as a house ‘disguised as an art gallery’ They took inspiration from the artists Agnes Martin and Donald Judd when designing the interiors, including a kitchen island composed of 4 monolithic concrete blocks.Although it appears entirely new, the house is actually a renovation of a 1950’s property. The entire ground floor is open-plan, with the space divided by floating walls that don’t touch the perimeter and chunky columns that create a colonnade across the middle. The design results in flowing liveable spaces that flooded with ample natural light and perfect for enjoying the artworks.At the end of the episode, I ask Jennifer the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about Studio A/C and the Shallmar Residence you can find information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.comI hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I am joined by the recipient of the 2021 Emerging Architect Award at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada awards, I talk to Anya Moryoussef about her Craven Road Micro House project in Toronto. ‘I don’t need a lot of space, I’m not worried about resale, I just want a house for me’ , this was the simple brief given to Anya by her client Laurel and I love the design she has delivered.In the interview I find out how Anya fought tooth and nail for her client to get approval for the design, how she worked within a small footprint to create a simple and private living space with plenty of daylight and, how she delivered the project to a modest budget by being smart with material choices.At the end of the episode, I ask Anya the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about Anya and the Craven Road project you can find information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com.I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I am joined by Alex Michaelis, one of the co-founders of Michaelis Boyd architects. we talk about their project, Arijuju, located in Kenya.This house has been referred to as the most beautiful bush house in Africa. It is located on the Boranan Lewa Conservancy, a 90,000 acre conservation area in Kenya, and is situated next to a watering hole frequented by elephants, baboons and lions.The concept of the courtyard house is simple, to nestle and merge in the landscape so that it is almost imperceptible, and it has been designed to focus on what Alex describes as, the holy trinity of views, sunrise, sunset and. Mount Kenya.In the interview I find out how Alex helped the client find the perfect location for the villa, what his influences were for the design and how they constructed this off-grid villa, under the watchful eye of some very curious and hungry animals.At the end of the episode, I ask Alex the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Michaelis Boyd, the Arijuju project and some of the references in the interview, you can find information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com.I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I am joined by Andrew Brown of the Scottish architecture studio Brown and Brown, that he co-founded with his wife just over 10 years ago. We discuss their most recent project, Lower Tullochgrue.The project is an extension and refurbishment of an historic house in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, with amazing views over the Spey Valley. The existing house is set on an outcrop and they have extended it with a black box that cantilevers out over the sloping landscape to create a covered area for the clients 1960’s Ford Falcon.In the interview we talk about the stunning location, I find out how the builder had a local dis-used quarry re-opened so that they could use stone that matched the original house and how Andrew tells me how Donald Trump’s book ‘the art of the deal’ has been used to create a secret door handle to a concealed downstairs toilet.At the end of the episode, I ask Andrew the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?I hope you enjoy listening!
In this episode I am joined by John Choi, one of the co-founders of Chrofi architects. We talk about their project, Lune De Sang, located in New South Wales, Australia.The project is a former dairy farm bought by a couple, who are now ambitiously re-wilding the land with native hardwoods that will take between 50 and 300 years to mature. Chrofi have worked for the couple for over a decade, creating several structures on the land, including sheds for the forestry equipment and most recently the pavilion, which is now the couples permanent residence.Nestled within the landscape, this home has been built to last, and like the hardwood trees they are planting, there is no doubt the home will certainly outlive the couple. This is architecture responding to the idea of a 300yr growth cycle. I enjoyed talking to John about this unique project and finding out what it was like to work with a client with such a long term vision.At the end of the episode, I ask John the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Chrofi and the Lune De Sang project, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com, including images and links to some of the references from the interview.
In this episode I am joined by Alicia Casals, one of the co-founders of Nomo Studio. We talk about their project, Villa Patio, located on the Spanish island of Minorca.It is a private residence that is very sculptural in form, the entire villa appears to be carved out of a block of white stone. The design concept is underlined by complex geometrical rules revolving around a pentagon, but don’t worry, this one looks nothing like the one in Washington.I loved talking with Alicia and finding out about how the studio used geometry to respond to the orientation of the site, by making the most of good views, shielding the bad ones from view and providing protection from the strong Balearic winds. The result of their approach is a beautiful courtyard villa with amazing views of the Mediterranean.At the end of the episode, I ask Alicia the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about Nomo Studio and their project Villa Patio, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com, including images and links to some of the references in the interview.I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I am joined by Siri Zanelli, one of the co-founders of the London based studio Collective Works. We talk about her own home, UpSideDown House, which was completed last year.It is a refurbishment of a typical Victorian terrace house in London, which has been extended outwards into the garden, upwards into the roof, and downwards into the basement, but what makes this design unique and special is the very bold use of colour for the interiors.I enjoyed discussing the house with Siri and finding out about what she learnt from being on the client side for once and how working alongside a colour consultant helped her create this special home.At the end of the episode, I ask Siri the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about Collective Works and their project UpSideDown House, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com, including images and links to some of the references in the interview.I hope you enjoy listening.
House Recast with Ben Allen

House Recast with Ben Allen

2021-06-0301:19:51

To celebrate one year of the podcast, we have a special treat. I discuss the house recently  named at the Don’t Move improve awards as London’s best new home improvement project. My guest is the architect Ben Allen, founder of Studio Ben Allen and we discuss House Recast.The project is a reinterpretation and extension of a typical home from the Victorian era, that creates a beautiful sequence of playful spaces, filled with colour, texture, pattern, curved shapes and filtered natural light. The judges described it as a project that ‘pushes the boundaries of how homes can look and feel’.What is really interesting about this project is the wider themes it explores. Ben has used it as a test bed for ideas about off-site production, not something that is usually explored on small, compact and challenging sites such as this one.  At the end of the episode, I ask Ben the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Studio Ben Allen and their project House Re-Cast, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com, including images, plans and links to further information.I hope you enjoy listening!
In this episode, I talk to the architect Anais Blehaut, one of the founders of Daab Design about their latest project Guild.The project is a transformation of a beautiful 18th Century Georgian townhouse in central London. Daab have restored the 5 floor property, which, in its latest incarnation, was being used as a mix of office space and apartments, into a home for a family of seven.What daab have done to this 260 year old property is beautiful. They have carefully balanced preservation with the needs for modernising by taking a very respectful approach to the challenges of working with an historic building. However, they have managed to balance this with being extremely bold, particularly with colours.The home is of its place, it could only be in London, but this is the London straight from a movie set; Dickens, Sherlock Homes, I wouldn’t even be surprised if Mary Poppins turned up on the doorstep as the new family nanny.At the end of the episode, I ask Anais the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about Daab design and their project Guild, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode, I talk to the architect Gianni Botsford about House in a Garden.The project is an incredible solution to creating a home on a small, overshadowed and overlooked back garden plot in central London. On his website he describes the project as ‘a house that is a roof and a hole in the ground’. Others have described it as being like an iceberg, with only one floor of accommodation above ground and two below.The defining visual feature is the roof, a curved, funneled, occulus, like the Pantheon in Rome with a rectangular opening at the top showing only sky. In itself it is a thing of beauty whose shape responds to the natural light conditions on the plot and to protecting views from other neighbours windows. but the hidden magic of this home is how Gianna, through meticulous analysis, has managed to fill two subterranean levels of the home with natural light.Finding out how he and his team achieved that was fascinating and the completed house has received international recognition and several awards. At the end of the episode, I ask Gianni the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Gianni Botsford Architects and House in a Garden, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. 
In this episode, I talk to the Sri Lankan architect Palinda Kannangara about Studio Dwelling, the home and office he has designed for himself in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo.The building sits at the perimeter of wild marshland, on the outskirts of the city, and has been designed as a sequence of dramatic spaces that concentrate the eye on views of the natural landscape that are framed by rich textures of the rugged concrete walls and reclaimed tile floors.The house has won a number of awards including an RIBA award for international excellence and is an brilliant example of Palinda’s work with form, material, light and views. At the end of the episode, I ask Palinda the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Palinda Kannangara and about the Studio Dwelling Retreat, you can find more information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. 
In this episode, I talk to the architect Cade Hayes, co founder of US architecture studio DUST. We discuss their project Tucson Mountain Retreat, a home constructed of Rammed Earth and located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.The single storey home is relatively simple in form, with spaces opening out on to the dry and arid surrounding landscape, but it is the soft tones and the rich texture of the rammed earth, one of the oldest building materials in the world, that make this home really special.  At the end of the episode, I ask Cade the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about DUST and about the Tucson Mountain Retreat, you can find images and links to further information on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. 
In this episode, I talk to the architect Amos Goldreich, founder of London based studio Amos Goldreich Architecture. We discuss his latest project, a house for a gardener. A renovation of a typical London Victorian terraced property, designed for a couple and, what Amos describes as, the third client… their plants.At the heart of this home is a covered courtyard, designed to create optimum conditions for the plants, which breathe life into the property. We also discuss the shelter for domestic abuse that Amos has designed in Israel and I find out how having both parents as architects influenced his work.At the end of the episode, I ask Amos the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Amos Goldreich Architecture and A House For A Gardener, you can find images and links to further information on the episode page at www.anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode, I talk to the architect Carl Gerges about his first project Villa Chams, a private residence located in the arid landscape of Lebanon.Based in Beirut, Carl runs his own architecture studio, but he is also well known as a member of the band Mashrou' Leila, which he formed with fellow architecture students at the University of Beirut.He is in the unique position of having featured on the cover of Architectural Digest and Rolling Stone magazine.In the interview we talk about how he has managed to pursue his passion for architecture alongside being a successful musician. We also talk about the stunning villa that he has created and the influences behind the designAt the end of the episode, I ask Carl the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Carl Gerges and Villa Chams, you can find images and links on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com. For security and privacy reasons all the images are photo realistic renders. Happy listening!
In this episode, I talk to the architect Mat Barnes, founder of London studio Can Architecture. We talk about the home he has designed for himself and his family, Mountain View. It is a renovation and extension of an Edwardian terrace house.Like many renovated houses of this type It has been extended at the rear, with lightweight glass doors opening onto the garden. However, inspired by seeing pictures of a Disneyland mountain rollercoaster in construction, he has topped it with his very own expanded aluminium mountain.In the episode we talk about the mountain, the many other original and inspiring features of the house and the various influences that went into this incredibly original design.At the end of the episode, I ask Mat the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Mountain View, you can see images of the house on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com.
In this episode I talk to Aleksi Hautamäki  who together with his partner Milla has built a remote, off-grid house on a private island in Finland’s Archipelago National Park.The house comprises two separate, long rectangular cabins containing living quarters, a workshop and a sauna. What is so beautiful about this home is how it nestles naturally into the landscape. If you have ever dreamed of escaping to remote island to live the simple life, this is the place you would want to be.We talk about how they found the island, what it was like designing and constructing in such a remote location and what it feels like to live in a home that is completely self-sufficient and connected to nature. At the end of the episode, I ask Aleksi the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about Project Ö, you can see images of the project on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com.I hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I talk to Neil Dusheiko, who runs his studio Neil Dusheiko Architects in London. We talk about his recently completed project Sun Slice House.The home is located in Cambridge, in the UK and is a renovation and extension of an existing semi-detached Victorian property. It was designed for a family to work from home and to home school their children. Considering it was completed at the start of 2020, that was either complete luck or excellent foresight on the behalf of the clients.Neil has added a single storey brick extension that wraps around the side and the rear of the existing building and creates a stunning new open plan kitchen facing onto the garden. The companion to the brick extension around the house is the spa building at the end of the garden that is clad in charred timber.What is really unique about this project is the open plan kitchen space and the roof that slopes up towards the garden with two slices of glass along either length of it. An excellent use of form, natural light and materials.If you would like to find out more about Sun Slice House, you can see images of the project on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com and you can find out more about Neil and his studio at NeilDusheiko.com
In this episode I talk to Hector Barroso, founder of the Mexican architecture studio, Taller Hector Barroso. We talk about his recently completed project Entre Pinos.The name literally translates as ‘between pines’ which describes the setting of the five identical dwellings that have been designed near the town of Valle de Bravo in Mexico.Each house is as a cluster of six blocks that are clad in soil based render (made from the soil from the site) and they are arranged to create a central patio. There is something timeliness about the forms, the materials feel earthy and the natural light is soft and reflects off reflecting ponds that form part of the landscape. For anybody that knows the studio, this is them at their best and it was fascinating talking to Hector about the design.I hope you enjoy listening!
In this episode I talk to Fiona Dunin, founder of the Melbourne based architecture studio, FMD Architects. We talk about her recently completed project CLT House.The project is a reconfiguration of an existing building to create a multigenerational home. It takes its name from the material used for its construction, Cross Laminated Timber, which has been celebrated in this house, for its versatility, being used both as a structural material and as the main interior surface finish.The distinctive feature of the house is the sawtooth profile of the main roof, which creates a great space internally and triangular windows and sharp angular profiles on the exterior. At the end of the episode, I ask Fiona the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys her about her home?– what house has she visited that has really inspired her?– and, if she could choose anyone to design her a new house, who would she choose?If you would like to find out more about CLT House, you can see images of the project on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com and you can find out more about Fiona and her studio at fmdarchitects.com.auI hope you enjoy listening.
In this episode I talk to Tristan Wigfall, one of the co-founders of the London based architecture studio, Almanac. We talk about their recently completed project House Within A House.The project looks like a new house that has been inserted into a Victorian terrace, but it is in fact a renovation of what used to be a rather ugly 1950’s property. Almanac have cleverly concealed the house in an entirely new skin, not only making it bigger and more visually appealing, but also managing to preserve of a lot of materials that would otherwise have gone to landfill.It is a very inventive project, from a practice that have come to be known for their imaginative ways of working with challenging sites, and with projects like Slim House, In-Betweeny House and Wedge House, they turn convention on its head.At the end of the episode, I ask Tristan the three questions I ask all my podcast guests;– what really annoys him about his home?– what house has he visited that has really inspired him?– and, if he could choose anyone to design him a new house, who would he choose?If you would like to find out more about House Within a House, you can see pictures and drawings of the project on the episode page at anotherarchitecturepodcast.com I hope you enjoy listening.
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