‘It’s July 2022, exactly a year since we moved into our new studio and gallery space in Hampton, West London, and what an eventful year it has been.’
Andrew Jackson – Architect
Andrew approaches each of his diverse interests with all senses on high alert, embracing them with a fascination for the finest details, whether it’s twitching (that’s bird-watching to the uninitiated), cars, tropical fish, Fantasy Football, making model aeroplanes or his latest venture; a microbrewery using his own home grown hops.
We join JOA co-founder Jane O’Connor walking across London from Waterloo to visit a client’s site in Euston. Setting off across Waterloo Bridge she reflects on her career to date as we admire the ever changing panorama of the skyline, pointing out several buildings she has worked on over the years. She first moved to the city she now calls home over 20 years ago to work for a practice specialising in theatres, initially working on the National Youth Theatre HQ where she transformed a listed old gentleman’s club and warehouse into offices, rehearsal rooms and workshops.
Jackson O’Connor recently undertook the Architectural Design and Project Management for the refurbishment of Troup Bywaters + Anders (TB+A) London head office.
In 2019 we were approached by the building services engineering Partnership to set about planning a complete refurbishment of their HQ. The brief was clear, to have their people’s wellbeing and sustainability of the built environment at heart. They wanted to increase collaborative working spaces, upgrade their client facing areas and achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating, all with the aim of promoting positive health and wellbeing across their workplace. In early 2020, world events took over and with it a need for our client to review their project priorities without compromising their vision. We adapted our design to address their changing working practices and to be compliant with Government regulations and social distancing measures so that we could deliver a sustainable solution that meets their current and future needs.
A design-led approach to extending a West London semi
When we were set the task of extending and redesigning the complete ground floor of a West London semi-detached family home, we used our architectural knowledge and design expertise to ensure the result was not just a typical suburban extension but a well-designed and thought-out space that fulfilled the needs of the family.
In the last few weeks our world seems to have tilted on its axis and we have had to adjust abruptly to a “new normal”. Realistically we know this situation won’t last forever but many of us have had to throw together home-schooling and home-working environments at short notice. As the restrictions slowly lift it is increasingly important for your well-being to make your home working environment a sanctuary or place of safety.
Mary Quant at the V+A
The overwhelming message we took from the exhibition, other than her obvious talent as a fashion designer, is her mastery of brand identity and business acumen.
West End Theatres – colour audits
We’re working on a number of refurbishment projects for historic west end theatres. As with any refurbishment of a historic building, thorough understanding and exploration is essential.
Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams, V+A, London
Our first opportunity to see an exhibition in the subterranean gallery of the new Exhibition Road Quarter of the V+A. We were very excited.
How much space does the company need?
Office rents are a huge overhead for any organisation. When we were asked to help our client, who was nearing the end of their lease to advise on the size of space they might need for the next ten years we were more than pleased to help.
Magna Carta ‘Writ in Water’ Project
By Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi.
Runnymede – Surrey – England
More sculpture than building in the truest sense, it was still definitely worth a visit. Although next time I’d take wellies, the approach to the entrance was a bit muddy.
It’s all about communication
Mood images are an effective means of communication between the client and the architect. They are not intended to be used to plagiarise.