Finsbury Park House This project is a four storey early to mid Victorian house in North London. We were asked to suggest ways that the property could be altered such that it becomes more suitable to the client’s way of life. As the property already provided enough space for the family, our ideas focussed upon improving the relationship between the inside of the house and the garden which is located half a storey lower than the principle living level. We also wanted to make the kitchen as the central space in the house, at the heart of the property. We achieved this by removing the floor of a second rear sitting room and lowering this to the level of the garden and converting it into the kitchen. The kitchen therefore becomes nearly double height and links the upper floors of the victorian house with a new extension built to the rear.
PATCH, Buckinghamshire PATCH is a new build house on brownfield land in Aylesbury Vale overlooking the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire. The site was formerly agricultural buildings that had been derelict and overgrown for decades. The house is designed as a pair of cranked two storey wings with a double height hallway connecting them. The ground floor is an open plan layout with the kitchen the focus of family life at the centre of the plot. This wing is orientated north south so the sun tracks around this room over the course of the day and it opens to the gardens on each side of the house.
Harvey Hadden Sports Village The redevelopment of Harvey Hadden Sports Village is the jewel in the crown of Nottingham City Council’s ten-year-long programme to upgrade and improve sports facilities across the city. Part-funded by Sport England – as one of its iconic facilities – the new centre is focused around the swimming pool, but also contains a sports hall, gym, squash courts, health suite, studios and changing rooms. The village also has football pitches, tennis courts, a cycling circuit and an athletics stadium. The new pool hall was built adjacent to the existing leisure centre, and in its architectural aspiration satisfies the city’s ambition to provide the highest quality of sporting facility.
Nottingham One Apartments and Offices A coherent and singular architectural response to the needs of the city and its individuals As part of Nottingham City Council’s strategic vision for the city – initiated by local developer Southreef Developments, promoted by Nottingham Regeneration Ltd, built by Willmott Dixon and occupied by the Metropolitan Housing Trust – this development demonstrates what is possible when the ambitions of a broad range of stakeholders align.
Shoreditch Loft A contemporary renovation and extension with its head in the clouds and feet on the ground Entry to this flat in London’s trendy Shoreditch is through a street-facing building and across a rear courtyard, where the flat appears as a standalone building in the centre of the urban block, in an enclosure formed by a hotel, social housing, private apartments, lock-up units and a yard stacked high with hundreds of old fridges. We wanted to create a new living space that faced onto this urban scene, relishing its grittiness.
Torhill Farm Torhill is a collection of farm buildings arranged around a courtyard on a south-facing slope at the eastern edge of Dartmoor. There are three listed buildings as part of the farm. The listed farmhouse was renovated to bring it in line with modern living standards and halt its slide into disrepair. The interior was completely refurbished and two new extensions built in order to rationalise the plan. The first is a new lobby that uses local stone and slate, resolving the entrance to the house. The second is a new living room that, in contrast to the existing farmhouse, opens up to views of the landscape.
Levitate architecture practice was formed by Spencer Guy and Tim Sloan in 2005, founded on their shared belief in the importance of transformative projects and high-quality, contemporary design.
Our talented and experienced team works with a wide variety of clients, project scales and building types across the UK, led from London but with valued bases in the South West and Yorkshire.
Whether it be a brand new apartment complex, the redevelopment of a historic site, a city loft extension or a sculptural installation, we aim to deliver spaces that function effectively and are a joy to be in. Inventive common sense is the basis of all of our work, leading to architecture that is contextual, efficient and full of light.
We are experts in conservation work – led by director Jo Hibbert, with associate Sarah Earney – and have experience working with historical buildings of varying status and type, including Grade 1, II* or II listed and scheduled ancient monuments.
As well as architectural services we can provide planning, landscape and engineering consultancy services, with the help of regular collaborators who we consider to be integral to the Levitate team.
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