Our practice provides architectural design services for residential, commercial, healthcare and cultural projects from the southwest of the uk to London and abroad.
We have a keen interest in biophilic design and endeavour to incorporate biophilic design values and principles into all of our projects. Biophilic design is a sustainable type of design that integrates nature with architecture.
Current projects include: a community garden space, a childrens theatre, a garden room in London, a dementia research facility, a large extension to a listed house and a residential development of 6 homes in Devon. Research + Design also provide materials research studies, most recently for compressed earth blocks.
Research + Design received the Alan King Award in 2009 for technical excellence and Plymouths Abercrombie Award in 2011 for 'Best Minor Development'.
New Street Infill Extension
PL1 2NA | 2009
The client brief was to design a very small contemporary two storey infill extension - to an existing 1970s development townhouse. The design was to provide a new children’s bedroom and a multifunctional sunroom to be used for yoga, entertaining, study and as a children’s play area. All to be accommodated in a tiny existing balcony area 2.5m x 2.0m and in a sensitive historic conservation area of the city and to a tight budget.
The sunroom can be configured in a variety of ways utilizing custom panels that disappear into wall recesses. The children’s bedroom has a secret hatch that disappears into the cladding. Ventilation and thermal benefits are improved by warming internal air in the stairwell with winter sunlight. All timber cladding, joinery and stair construction is Siberian Larch and is from FSC accredited sources and renewable stock.The feature internal panels are fireproof, and are detailed with fire-resistant seals and hidden fireproof hinges.
The project received the Abercrombie Award in 2011 for best minor Development and the Alan King Award in 2009 for design and technical achievement.
Union Corner Community Space and Street Garden
Plymouth | 2016
Union Corner is a grass roots based community project.The project is characterized by a high level of local participation of area residents and local businesses. The project was initially “crowd funded” financially and has also gained massive support in terms of time and materials and knowledge from local building construction businesses. Research + Design appointment spanned all the way from involvement with initial social media and local press engagement through to the design and the physical construction process.
Union street is currently a boarded up and run down area. The proposed facade that surrounds the building and the garden envisages all of these boarded up buildings opening up and becoming inhabited with nature and people.Facade panels that initially give the proposal a boarded up and closed appearance, open in the morning to create places to sit and talk. In this way the space between the private space of the garden and the public space of the pavement is reclaimed by the local residents.
Hand crafted metal, timber and canvas elements produced by local artists and fabricated by craftspeople are fixed into a low cost backdrop of prefabricated industrial cladding that wraps around the garden and becomes part of the main facade.These new openings to the street are crafted elements produced by local artists. The new openings in the construction admit light, air and people into the the centre – everytime a visitor walks through a door or opens a window they come in direct contact and touch these handcrafted elements and become more aware of these natural materials. They sense the care, thought and craft of the local people that made them.
The multi use space has a double facade consisting of 1) an internal fixed glazed facade that will have images projected onto it for announcing current events. 2) an external rainscreen facade that opens during the day to provide a place to sit under a canopy and as well a stage for the annual street party. Small peepholes are located around the facade for children to peep through to the garden – sometimes they can look through other times a mirror is placed inside and they see themselves.
The main garden is accessed on the corner of the site under an existing street light. Structural grass mesh with edging in Plymouth limestone chippings provides a surface that is natural and brings nature into the space and provides a permeable yet wheel chair accessible surface for local residents. The back garden will be decked and the focus is on water and light. Existing rainwater downpipes will be replaced with hand made waterchains that provide a waterfall sound when in use and recycle the water to plants. Water features will be explored by the gardening club. The project gained planning approval November 2015 and is moving toeards construction.
Re:Cognition Health - Medical Treatment Facility for Cognitive Care
London | 2016
Research + Design provided lead design / architectural services from concept design through to completion for Re:Cognition Health for both its corporate headquaters at the Royal Bromptons 77/78 Wimpole Street in London as well as its Plymouth facility based in the Plymouth Science Park.
Re:Cognition Health is the world’s leading recruiter in clinical trials in dementia.The research is aimed at people with early memory problems.
The design and contract administration was a fast track process that was both CQC compliant and as well inspired by the ideals of biophillic design to produce a calming and healing environment to very tight budget time and quality constraints in the heart of londons medical community.
Working together with our team of recognized contractors and suppliers, both projects were compeleted to a high spec. and ontime and on budget.
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Research + Design really helped us to take a more creative and innovative approach to our project. They worked with us every step of the way and helped us through the planning process.
Research Plus Design have undertaken a number of projects for us including design drawings and product feasibility studies. The practice is very knowledgeable and have considerable expertise in a range of construction materials. They are particular strong at research.
We hired Research and Plus as a principal designer. Robert is very professional, with his help we managed to negotiate tender with the builders and project was completed on time. Ajay Sachdeva Finance Director Re:Cognition Health