Selfridges – Men’s East Streetwear The space also features the bold use of natural daylighting across both elevations and some fun and surprising ‘Instagram-able’ moments too, not least the custom Land Rover squarely placed in the middle of the space. To achieve this the chassis was first hoisted up the exterior of the building and passed through a window before the car could be hand-built in the middle of the building site. Rivalling this, a dramatic wooden skate bowl, good enough to draw droves of dedicated skaters from across the country, sits in the corner with Duke Street and Oxford Street and provides the whole space with its soundtrack and the skaters and shoppers alike with a unique experience.
Emporio Armani – Manchester, UK Set within the now iconic gateway to Manchester’s luxury shopping quarter, this high-end retail scheme for Giorgio Armani includes two levels in excess of 6,000 Sq. Ft. Constructed in UV bonded glass and low-iron black quartz glass, the perimeter furniture had to be sourced in Switzerland where expertise existed to achieve the required 4 meters in the black glass. The façade includes a 100Ft wingspan illuminated Eagle logo that changes colour with each season’s collection. The internal stair is a span structure built without any support beneath. Clad in black granite, the stair uses that glass balustrade as a strengthening member to achieve the span.
The Beach House – Magwan Porth, UK To achieve variety and interest befitting of the dramatic location lighting was, of course, critical particularly where the building cuts into the hillside so all opportunities to introduce daylight were taken. A double-glazed wall which allows light to reach the deepest section at the rear of the main building was central to this strategy. The client desired the project to have the least possible environmental impact, as a result both buildings are highly insulated including green roofs at the extension and new structure, heating is provided by an air-source heat pump and rainwater is harvested from the new roofs.
Wimbledon House – London, UK The client wished to retain much of the existing house, particularly the private spaces at first floor level, but also to radically alter the more public living spaces at the ground floor and wanted not to comprimise his view and enjoyment of the large garden from within the house. To achieve this the entrire ground floor was removed and the upper half of the house was left insitu while the new house was built beneath. A skylight runs the whole length of the rear of the ground floor allowing light to penetrate deeper into the plan, so creating an even more spacious feel. This is made possible by allowing the rear frame of the building to be seperate from the rest of the buildingso that it could move indepentatly of the glazing which simply rests over it.
Phillip Lim – London, UK Located within one of London’s premium fashion areas, Brompton Cross. FDArchitecture were appointed in 2013 to work with Campaign Design and 3.1 Phillip Lim to deliver the Pelham Street store. “The fashion is the feature of the space displayed on workshop plinths and studio canvases. That casually mix up materials, luxurious marble slabs with layers of multiply, felt and onyx, concrete and many unexpected materials, in a design that is youthful and elegant”. In tandem with FDA’s development for Carven in the next door site this project, new for Phillip Lim in the UK, was fitted out within 6 weeks following a 4 weeks structural enabling project.
Versace Stores Through 2014 and 2015 FDArchitecture have been appointed by Gianni Versace to act as their Executive Architects in the delivery of several new stores across the UK. Three differing brands are being developed in all. Versace Black Label – Concept Design: Jamie Foubert Architects, Gianni Versace Milan. Versace Collection – Concept Design: Gianni Versace Milan. Versus Versace – Concept Design: Carmody Groake Architects London, Gianni Versace Milan.
Formed in 2005 and based in the creative hub of London’s East End, FDArchitecture are a design and executive architectural practice.
First established to provide a design service for a single retail Client, we are proud to have since developed a strong and varied portfolio in hospitality and high-end private residential projects. FDArchitecture have retained specialisation in the retail field, implementing and delivering stores for many of the best known luxury brands.
Our team of skilled, experienced and creative professionals is focused on providing a Client driven service.
We offer a complete architectural design and project management solution from concept to delivery. When acting as executive Architects, we perform this role with a developed design or a Brand Identity through to completion.
We are recognised for our ability to develop highly detailed design information and our project delivery expertise. Design management is central to this and to all aspects of our work, helping us consistently complete projects on time and to budget. The trust this has fostered has led to a large portfolio of repeat business.
Since formation we have developed excellent working relationships with similarly committed construction consultants, contractors and fabricators for each successful project.