Small cottage interior
2009-10 / London, UK
Design to completion
[Private client]

This private house renovation and extension project was already well underway when we were asked to develop an interior concept for this family home in North London. This way the concept had to work with what had already been realized on site or had simply been past the stage of possible influence.
The brief asked for a simple functional and reduced interior concept using affordable standardized elements such as IKEA enhanced with a custom finish. While being limited in size the house has to serve a family of five plus accommodation for guests and a multitude of different functions and uses throughout the day. Most areas and rooms have to serve different functions or allow for an easy rearrangement to change it’s use.
To allow for maximum flexibility and future options the ground floor was designed as a complete open plan area with retractable folding and sliding door separations. All fitted interior elements where combined in two major design elements, the ‘Long wall’ and the ‘Entrance-Kitchen-Lounge Unit’.
The Long Wall simply occupies one entire wall running from front to back of the house with shelves from floor to ceiling to provide a maximum of storage for a huge book collection and other storage such as files, boxes etc. The big shelf also incorporates two work desks as children homework area and home office space. The Long Wall also houses the two main separating folding doors that completely retract neatly into the shelf when opened.

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WPL / Planning

Planning permission was granted for our refurb project in Hackney.

ASH / Space solution

A walkthrough reception becomes Master suite.
Before and after

MCL / Roof extension

The completely refurbished roof with the new large dormer extension.

WPL / Appraisal

New commission for the refurbishment of a small townhouse in Hackney. (Existing plans)

MCL / Completion

The completed loft conversion with large dormer window and view towards the rear garden.

MCL / Interior photos 1

The refurbished first-floor hallway with new stairs into the loft.

DVH / Interior plan

JMF / Photomontage

Garden view of the rear extension design.

MCL / Bathroom study

3D sketch for the bathroom wall elevation.

ERF / 3D model

Raw working model of the whole warehouse floor.

JMF / 3D model

Facade development. Testing opening shapes and combinations of facade materials.
(14 images)

MIL / News

MIL has been featured in this years
Don’t Move – Improve! 2018 exhibition and magazine.

ERF / Mood boards

Design direction for the new interior.
(2 images)

ERF / Layout

An extensive interior layout design concept for a large warehouse flat refurbishment in central London.
(10 images)

DOC / Research

A classic London ‘butterfly roof’ resembling the one of the clients’ house. (image from National Heritage)

MCL / Dormer

Final dormer design for construction

MCL / Construction

(4 images)


JMF / Layout

Existing and proposed / layout options
(7 images)

NWR / Completion

The finished flat refurbishment with the central bespoke furniture piece.

JMF / Sketch

Initial idea sketches. (2 images)

ERW / Completion

Opening of the finished restaurant

HRE / Collage

HRE / Axonometric

Schematic 3D image showing the insertion of the modern narrow new build into this German rural small town vernacular.

FOU / Site


Detailed site supervision

FOU / 3D design


Bespoke fitted wardrobe furniture.

CAV / Layout

The preferred layout for the proposed Ground Floor flat extension

FOU / Photos 1

Storage detail

MIL / Garden


Architecture and garden design go hand in hand.
New pictures featured on Adam Shepherd’s website

CAV / Survey


First project stage.
Survey of a Victorian ground floor flat in West London.

CEF / Layout options


One of 7 layout options developed

FHS / Sketch


A sketch collage/idea for a pop-up fish restaurant in East London

MIL / Interior photos

The finished ground floor extension with its generous open plan kitchen and dining space.

ERW / Technical design

Existing and Demolition

Existing and Demolition

Architectural support for the projects development
(3 images)

NSF / Kitchen


A great example of a plain IKEA kitchen with some clever detailing and bespoke worktop.

SPF / Flat layout

Layout studies for a flat of a young family with 3 children

CEF / New project


New appointment to redesign a one bedroom flat in South London. (Existing estate agent plan)

NSF / Interior photos


(2 images)

SFM / Renderings


QMR / Tender


Tender set of Existing and Proposed plans for a full house refurbishment with basement and roof extension in West London
(2 images)

NSF / Completion

MIL / Completion

While some finishing works on the interior remain the newly added volume of the rear garden extension has been successfully completed.
(2 images)

KEN / Mood boards


Interior styling concept for a West London apartment
(5 images)

NSF / Detailed interior design


NSF / Construction

NSF / Construction plans


DOR / Finishes


Selection of materials and products for a grade-II listed Central London flat

NSF / Materials


Nice palette of affordable finishes.

SFM / Planning


Planning drawings for the conversion of an early 20th-century factory building into design studios and presentation spaces for fashion events
(3 images)

MIL / Construction



(2 images)

NSF / Layout options


Several layout options for a small flat refurbishment in South London
(7 images)

BAR / Construction


BAR / Construction plans


Construction plans

FMP / Mood boards


Mood boards as part of a presentation for a new and forward thinking private clinic concept in Germany
(5 images)

MIL / 3D studies


3d render studies for the new side and rear garden extension

BSQ / 3d Section


3d rendered section of a rear and basement extension proposal for a large West London townhouse

SLG / Research


Original 1930s photograph of the apartment block
(image from the RIBA archives)

MIL / Stairs sketch


Working out the stairs

SFM / Container concept


Concept study for an arrangement of temporary container offices

BRI / 3d sketches


Volumetric studies for possible variations of a high end residential villa typology
(6 images)

WOL / Design model

The final detailed scale model showing cladding, courtyards and window sizes

WOL / Concept model


Small scale mass model showing principal geometry and positioning on the site

WOL / 3d sketches


Early 3d mass model study to evaluate the shapes impact on the site and topography

WOL / Site


Coastal site with sea view

WOL / Location


KIN / Model stages


A selection of schematic cardboard models through the early design process

JGR / Interior renders


Interior renderings

JGR / Concept renders


3d studies for interior and extension options
(4 images)

DGB / Interior render


VGF / Render collage

The proposed extension with different facade and cladding options.
(5 images)

DGB / New commission

Commission to develop an interior/furnishing concept for a small branding and design agency in central London.

HRM / Feasibility study


A systematic analysis of the existing house and volumetric development of new geometry.

HRM / Concept study


Volumetric design study for a refurbishment and roof extension of a private villa in Germany.

VGF / Design concept


(3 images)

VGF / New commission

Appointment to design and develop the re-organisation and extension of a small flat within an existing victorian house in North London.

BAR / Working model


BAR / Planning

Planning permission was granted for the proposed side-rear extension scheme

BAR / Block study


Design exercise for roof extensions

BAR / Research


Original plans from the RIBA archives

BAR / Existing

The house is part of a state-of-the-art housing development of its time by famous British post-war architects Powell & Moya. The design approach will be a careful translation of the functional character of the original design into the 21st century while preserving/enhancing the original identity of the house.

BRK / Render

Final renderings of the apartment building at planning stage.
(9 images)

BRK / Planning

Plans, sections and elevations as part of the planning application.

BRK / Composition


From simple block to complex arrangement.

BRK / Evolution

Design evolution
(3 images)

BRK / Plan concept


Plan logic

BRK / Design parameters

Site and volume
(2 images)

OAK / Details+Storage

More photos of some special interior details and storage solutions.
(5 images)

OAK / Interior photos

Open space / living-kitchen area

Photos of the finished interior
(5 images)

OAK / Interior layout

Ground and First Floor plans with detailed built in furniture arrangement

OAK / Materials

Affordable material concept

OAK / 3d study

Entrance-Kitchen-Lounge unit

OAK / Plans

PEZ / Photo collages

Photo collages of the final design sitting in its sloped coastal environment (at Planning stage).
A project by Found Associates.
(3 images)

PEZ / Plans

PEZ / 3d studies

PEZ / Concept sketch


PEZ / Concept scheme


TBH / Render

(3 images)

PEZ / Site considerations


(2 images)

PEZ / Location


Location at the coast in South Africa

HBH / Exterior photos


Final exterior photos after completion
(more images to follow)

TBH / Plans

TBH / Concept

Evolution of the house and spatial concept
(2 images)

HBH / Colour concept sketch


Design collage over construction site photos

HBH / 3d studies 1


Top floors with roof shape development and curtain wall facade
(4 images)

TET / Final model

The final group model of the project in scale 1:50 after seven weeks of intense design work.

TET / Elevation


TET / Concept+Evolution

Post-rationalized display of the evolutionary design development from each student’s individual dwelling through to the final group result.

ABP / Exterior photos

Final photographs of the roof extension
(3 images)

ABP / Interior photos

(3 images)

ABP / Terrace


Roof terrace and extension

HBH / Site plan


Modified layout and site plan at planning stage

ABP / Kitchen design


ABP / Materials


A strong design incentive was the use of industrial translucent materials. From the facade of the roof extension to its overhanging terrace roof, internal doors, and furniture fittings, all the way to the wetroom wall linings, different kinds of innovative sheet and panel materials were installed throughout the project.

ABP / 3D Study

Exterior rendering at design stage

ABP / Concept models

(2 images)

ABP / Plan

ABP / Mass models


Early studies exploring maximum extension options

CDC / Model

Final presentation model

CDC / Collages

digital render collages of the interior
(3 images)

CDC / Plans

CDC / Concept renders

3d studies developing the complex shape
(3 images)

CDC / Concept schemes

A set of schematic drawings explaining the projects underlying design concept

WCB / Block model

(Part) large scale model of the complex
(2 images)

WCB / Tower section


3d section through tower segment

WCB / Facade


Facade study

WCB / Situations


Several possible tower sections

WCB / City Model


Bird’s eye view insertion model

WCB / Typologies


An overview of possible unit sizes

WCB / Concept models


Early mass models showing basic principles of the urban intervention

WCB / Location


The location in Berlin-Mitte
(2 images)

MBJ / Render

Render studies of exterior/facade appearance
(5 images)

MBJ / Concept

MBJ / Urban planning

ZAA / Expo layout


CUB / 2cubes model


NCL / Final layouts


NCL / Plans


(6 images)

NCL / Scheme lines

NCL_38-basic lines_800

(7 images)

NCL / Amorph