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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'.
Stiltskin Childrens Theatre
Plymouth | 2015
A derelict WWll gas decontamination building and heritage asset received planning permission in October 2015 to be converted into Plymouths first dedicated childrens theatre and managed amphitheatre space. The project was envisioned by Jacqueline and Iain Slade, Directors at Stiltskin Theatre Company who crowd funded the idea for a childrens performance space and theatre in the park land setting. Stiltskin have now named the theatre “the soapbox theatre” referring both to its original use as a cleansing station and to its proposed rooftop stage.
The design of the childrens theatre and amphitheatre endeavours to acknowledge and encourage the relationship between childrens theatre and the heritage and natural setting of the cities oldest park.
In order to achieve this, Research + Design have looked to both biophilic design principles and passive haus technologies (in collaboration with Peter Warm Consultants) to integrate nature into the day to day life of the theatre. The building will be heated by the body heat of the children and the audience, in effect the heating of the building will be"child powered". External layers of graphite insulation and waterproofing have been proposed both to conserve internal space and as well to protect and weatherproof the outside of the building.
Three houses on a hill
Jinshan | 2013
Research and Design directed the initial strategies and designs for a residential complex of three houses on a hill for a local family.
The project was located on a steeply sloping site with access and cost issues. The brief included a main two bedroom house with external hotspring ensuite bathing, wine cellar, garage and two two bedroom houses situated around a central courtyard.
Driving down into the valley visitors see roofs among the lush landscape - the homes clinging to the mountainsides are expressed primarily by how the roofs relate to the landscape. Visitors arrive at this home overlooking copper roofs that have a green weathered patina.There are views out through a cherry orchard to the sea beyond. The walls incorporate a Taiwanese stone vernacular construction.
The entrance vestibule leads down a feature internal /external stair that traces the fall of the existing hillside. Private
bathing areas are under the sky and fed via the natural hotsprings. Vernacular materials and traditional Taiwanese forms of
design were explored as well as the possibility of phased development for the site.
The house on a hill
Not disclosed | 2012
A contemporary family home on a steeply sloping site in Cornwall with
stunning coastal views. Design to incorporate views, the landscape,
and indoor pool.
It's all focused on the hill and the entrance. From the entrance, the
landscape moves under the house and visitors can see and feel the
whole hill. There is a visual connection from the entrance , through
the house to the upper garden. The main living space is an extension
of the plateau that occurs at the top of the hill. The orientation
and volume of the swimming pool connects with the horizon and the
The masonry/concrete structure is used creatively to provide a
trombe wall to assist heating the home. A system of adjustible and
removable louvers to aid ventilation and cooling were explored.
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Robert Bedner Director
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