The impressive studio in west London comprises three buildings and courtyard gardens set over a compact plot measuring seven metres by 60 metres. Hitting the ideal work-life balance, the space includes a studio perfectly lit by three north-facing roof lights, the usual office and archive space, but also a library, yoga studio, sauna and kitchen.
The RIBA jury commented on the property: ‘The project expertly exploits a typically London condition. Constrained by a long and narrow industrial plot at the rougher edge of Ladbroke Grove; its only face nestles between cheap developer housing, an industrial estate and the hinterland of the Westway.’
6a’s bold minimalist design is created from board-marked poured concrete and blockwork, left exposed in its raw form, with brass and timber adding warmth to the industrial-style building.
The judges added in their statement: ‘Detailing throughout is exquisite; from the in-situ concrete of the finely formed stairs, to the seamless brass balustrades. Large but delicately beaded timber window frames add refinement to an otherwise minimal material palette. The building is an exemplar of fabric first and low-energy design.’
The project, which was completed in May 2016, has been designed with sustainability and efficiency in mind, with energy for electrics supplied by solar heating panels and PVs, plus it’s super insulated with triple-glazed windows and passive ventilation in place.
This isn’t the only project that 6a architects have won – they were also awarded a 2017 RIBA Regional Award in the East England category for their exceptional work on university halls, Cowan Court, at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Both of 6a’s projects will be put forward for the RIBA national prizes, which will be announced in June. Six finalists will then go on to be entered into the ultimate 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize later in the year.