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  • Peckham Levels Staircase

    The graphics you see and experience within the stairwell are an amalgamation of the building levels and the colour coding system.

    As you move up and down the stairwell, the colour(s) you are surrounded by reflect the level(s) inside the main building. This is what drives the split colour coding on the entrance landings and full colour coding on the half landings. The split nature of the graphic is designed to help you understand which levels you are entering and which you are leaving.

    The handrails are also split in colour to help with wayfinding, and point towards the levels above and below you so you know which direction to head for that level.

    These colour coding and graphic forms have been designed as a wayfinding system which can be easily scaled from a two-dimensional graphic for informational or marketing purposes, to a three-dimensional spatial experience within the stairwell, the ramps, and the building itself.


    That time you’re scrolling down your personal FB page to see your work used as the feature image to a Living Etc article about ‘beautiful open storage and shelving’.

  • Technicolour Dream Pad

    “Utilitarian but glamorous? It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but with the help of Alexander Owen Architecture, Cleo has created a vibrant, light-filled space with a clear nod to the building’s industrial past.”
    “Lighting in the main living space comes via a bright-pink triangular installation designed by Cleo’s architects to echo the purple steels which frame the mezzanine bedroom area above. “I love that it is completely bespoke to the area and reflects the features of the space so well,” says Cleo. “My architects really got what I was about.”
    “Star of the show is a bespoke coral and gold “shoe wardrobe”. As the glass door to each section is opened, a shelf glides forwards to proffer the selected shoe. The architects used hinges more commonly seen in cars to achieve this effect. Again, a “nuts and bolts” approach amid all this glamour.”
  • “Pastels don’t have to be sugary sweet, as this industrial home shows us”

    Our warehouse conversion refurb lands another feature…
  • Don’t Move, Improve! 2016 Open Day

    Having had one project long-listed and one project shortlisted for the NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016, AO were invited to provide consultations with people looking to develop their homes.
    Both projects also featured in a 3 month exhibition at The Building Centre on Store Street.

    Living Etc featured Cleo B’s place in their February issue over 4 double spreads, exposing AO’s handy work in this warehouse conversion that’s more “gold than grit”.

    Grand Designs magazine got in touch with us to showcase Ollie and Annie’s place in their March ‘Eye Catcher’ feature.
  • The Iconic Grade Listed Fox Building | 118 London Wall | City of London

    Fox Fine Wines & Spirits – a wine bar incorporating a wine shop and full service kitchen over 3 floors – opened in late summer 2015 in the City of London, in the iconic, listed Fox building at 118 London Wall.
    Originally a shop that hand made and sold umbrellas to everyone from British royalty to JFK, the building has a Grade II listed interior and façade for which we needed Planning and Listed Building Consents, as well as a Change of Use.
    The facade includes the only neon sign in the whole of the Square Mile. Widely known to Londoners simply as The Fox Building, the rooms have been carefully and sensitively repurposed to offer three unique experiences. On the ground floor, a bustling shop and bar spills out into the pedestrian area outside where table service is available. On the first floor, the dining room offers a relaxed eating and drinking experience, whilst enjoying the view through floor-to-ceiling windows over the green outside. On top floor is the lounge; with leather armchairs, feature fireplaces, and private spaces, it creates convivial atmosphere.
    On offer are a carefully curated selection of over 300 wines and champagnes as well as signature cocktails, premium spirits and a complementary English influenced food menu.

    A great start to 2016 with a fantastic 9-page spread in February’s Living Etc Magazine out January 1st.
  • NLA Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016

    We are delighted to announce that Craig and Siobhan’s Place and Ollie and Annie’s Place have been selected as part of the NLA Don’t Move, Improve Awards 2016 longlist and will be included in the 2016 Exhibition in January!
  • Craig and Siobhan’s Gets shot

    The newest home in our portfolio for Craig and Siobhan in Balham.

    Externally we installed a small copper canopy to frame the new mono-slide door system and window. This door-set was facilitated by a small cantilever which together with a flush drainage detail, seamlessly links a restrained patio with the new dining area. The mix of copper, brick, timber, and pastel surfaces hopefully provides the rich, bright, and textured palette Craig and Siobhan aspired to, whilst the new glazing floods the space with natural light.

    Photos by Tom St. Aubyn Photography

  • Shortlisted | The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015

    We are proud to announce Ollie and Annie’s Place has been shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Award 2015. It’s 1 of 19 projects shortlisted from across the country.
    BUT, there’s a public vote which we means we need as much support as possible, so please follow the link below, click the circle next to the project name  “A Period Home in a Conservation Area with a Copper-Clad Extension”, and press the ‘Vote’ button at the bottom. 
    It’s as easy as that!
    Wish us luck!
  • Craig and Siobhan’s Place is well on it’s way

  • The Resident

    The Resident: Living South Magazine October 2015

    Check out our 3 page feature in this months magazine from Page 20!

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    Real Homes Magazine and Home Building & Renovating Magazine are both to feature Ollie and Annie’s place in two articles to be published this year and next respectively.

    Ollie and Annie were interviewed last week and had their portraits taken with the kids and are now all very excited and proud of the prospect at their beautiful home in not one, but two national magazines.

    We couldn’t be more pleased…there’s no better way to end a project than happy clients and featured articles to boot!

  • Kennington & Conservation

    Ground is officially broken (along with some walls and floors) on our project for Dave and Renato in a Kennington Conservation Area.

    Featuring Pigmento-Zinc, contemporary red-brick detailing, and exquisite minimally-framed aluminium doors, this project should make for a very sophisticated addition to a very beautiful street.

  • Etcetera

    Cleo B and her brand new apartment will be winging their way into Living Etc, Britains best-selling modern homes magazine!

    Look out for her featured interview in the Christmas edition out in November!

  • Housewarming

    Fitzwilliam Road in Clapham Old Town is a beautiful part of London, and sits within Clapham Conservation Area which is noted for the many historic buildings dating from the 18th-19th Centuries.

    Having met at another of our clients housewarming parties post-build, we are now helping these 2 local bar owners to extend and refurbish their beautiful property and make it their perfect family home. What better way to win a new client, than at a housewarming party for a home that you’ve designed?!

    The scheme is to feature traditional as well as contemporary detailing, and is due on site Autumn this year.

  • At Home with Homes

    Victoria Purcell, Editor at The Resident Magazine interviewed us recently for a small piece on designing homes.

    Due to be published in the Autumn!

  • DINNER FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2013 – “All change please!”

    The focus of The Annual Dinner for the Built Environment in 2013 was Europe’s largest construction project Crossrail, and in conjunction with our sponsor Kier we  proudly received two of the most influential people involved in the scheme today. Firstly we welcomed Andrew Mitchell, Programme Director for Crossrail who lead a panel discussion on how the industry at large can benefit from Crossrail. Secondly, we welcomed our principle guest and speaker Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO of Crossrail, who gave us an insightful view of the vision, impact, and legacy of this innovative project.

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  • Habitat For Humanity – Shack Attack!

    Last year AOA supported Habitat for Humanity in the very first ‘Shack Attack’, which took place in Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. As part of the Shack Attack challenge, teams were asked to scavenge materials from wherever they could and then sleep in their built creation for a night, all to raise vital funds and awareness for the 1.6 billion people in the world living in poverty housing.

    AOA won ‘Most Water Proof Shelter’ and ‘Best Overall Shelter’ and crowned Shack Attack Champions for best combined shelter and fundraising.

    (Just because it’s for charity doesn’t mean winning is less important!)

  • Habitat For Humanity – Machakos, Kenya

    At AOA we’re always keen to donate time, expertise and creativity to a worthy cause.

    To give a little back, James (Owen) cemented AOA’s continued support for Habitat for Humanity by travelling to Kenya to build a house for a family in Machakos with 7 other volunteers. Habitat is a fantastic international development charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by eliminating poverty housing and homelessness.