Shortlisted for the 2013 RICS North East Awards
This 1903 Grade II listed Presbyterian Church Hall in Gateshead has been converted into 13 Artist and Creative Studios.
As the outside of the church remained largely unchanged, the challenge for Kiosk was to provide flexible workspaces for artists and creative businesses whilst respecting the features and configuration of the historic building. The creation of independent studio pods within the main hall allows for the original space to be experienced and for the existing ceiling to be left intact. Communal facilities include a kitchen and dining room, accessible toilets and a meeting room.
New slimline double glazing, internal wall and ceiling lining have been applied to improve the energy performance of the building. 70sqm of Photovoltaic panels on the roof contribute to the long-term economic viability and environmental sustainability of the proposal and generate approximately 9KW of electricity.
The studios are managed by Mushroom Works CIC. www.brightonroadstudios.com
Special mention and 'highly commended' at the National Churches Trust Presidents' Award 2015
The parish of St. James & St. Basil in Fenham decided that in order to accommodate a growing need a hospitality kitchen and café was to become part of the main space of this beautiful Arts & Crafts church. When not in use, the design becomes a discreet piece of furniture that respects, reflects and compliments the interior of the church whilst not denying a contemporary origin. Folding doors cover the entire front of the kitchen and wall units. The partitioning of these doors reflects the five-pronged stone feature of the alcove in which it sits. The doors are made of walnut and lined with textile which takes its colours from the curtain behind the altar and from the ceiling of the church. When in use it creates an inviting environment with modern appliances that enables the church to serve hot drinks and food on a casual basis. The kitchen was built by furniture maker Nick James.
Photography by Jill Tate
In the process of reviewing new management arrangements for this Grade I listed building in the heart of Morpeth, Northumberland County Council in collaboration with Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives commissioned us to undertake this architectural feasibility study. We reviewed the existing use and space arrangements and identified opportunities to make the building more accessible and efficient, increase footfall and adapt it to optional new uses. We visualised design recommendations for internal and external changes to the building presented design precedents from the UK and Europe.
This beautiful stone house had undergone a number of changes and extension in its long past. The result was that Ground floor rooms were isolated from each other and did not provide a space to bring the family together. We used a very small and underused rear yard to create and connect a study, kitchen and breakfast area. A large glazed roof brings a generous amount of daylight into the space with views in and out and through the house. The site was extremely small so the works needed to be planned carefully and co-ordinated with the contractor. For us the project demonstrates how a small intervention on a modest budget can transform the flow and relationships of spaces throughout a property.
Photographs by Jill Tate Photography
The Natural History Society of Northumbria approached ec-architects and Kiosk Architecture & Design to donate a design for a new bird hide at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. The new hide is bigger than the existing one and allows for a whole class of children to get involved in bird watching. One important feature of the brief was that the hide had to be designed so it could be built in panels by volunteers. We took the opportunity to contribute to a good cause and designed a hide with two internal levels for better views over the lake and timber cladding to suit the location.
Images by Jill Tate Photography
Wallsend Memorial Hall & People’s Centre, locally also known as the ‘MEM’, is a Grade II listed memorial and community hall and charity. The First Floor ballroom is amazing and still in use. The community it serves has gone through significant changes since its completion in 1925. The building has adapted and changed with it. The charity is in the process of looking into ways to utilise the full potential of their spaces. Our conservation study contributes to re-discovering and -interpreting, protecting and enhancing the historic legacy of this marvellous building. Whilst researching we discovered that originally, the building was meant to stretch all the way to Station Road. This explains the curious fact that a building of such stature is tucked away from the High Street. The next steps towards change are in the making and we will keep you up to date with this exciting project.
The 1910 grandstands for the prestigious Krieau race course in the heart of Vienna are fine examples of the first reinforced concrete frame constructions in Austria. Whilst listed, two of the three grandstands were not being used for their original purpose and this ideas competition aimed at breathing new life into them. The re-development into work and public functions at Ground Floor level and apartments in the upper floors was a wonderful challenge for us to get our thinking and design caps on. The result is a large scale transformation that bridges time between the historic ensemble and their contemporary use. www.ideenwettbewerb-tribuenen.at
The Winding House is one of the great attractions at Woodhorn Museum. The new Ground Floor space within the building allows visitors to enjoy a brand new multi-media and fully accessible exhibition. Kiosk developed a design concept that focused on experiencing and developing an understanding of the nature and functionality of the building and the history of the Winding House as the heart of the colliery. We created an exhibition space that opens up to the First Floor to enable spectacular views onto the lit-up winding engine above and reveals the phenomenal thickness of the internal supporting walls which secure the winding drum. A new entrance canopy signals the entrance to the building. Having gained Scheduled Monument Consent, we worked with Williams Design Associates and LamasaTech on developing the exhibition concept and lighting with wonderful projections and animations onto the existing walls.
Relocating to leafy Darras Hall the existing bungalow on the plot proved inadequate for the needs of the client’s new family. A project to turn it into a 4-bedroom house was developed.
Working to a challenging budget, the external shape of the building was kept simple. The convoluted existing roof was completely taken off and a new storey added containing bedrooms and bathrooms whilst the Ground Floor now provides open-plan living and dining space as well as a study and guest bedroom.
Ground Floor external walls were retained whilst most of the openings were re-used or adapted. An off-white render was chosen for both, existing and newly-added external walls.
Two full-height spaces over the dining table and hallway provide an unexpected generosity to the internal layout. A bridge connects the bedrooms on the First Floor. Roof and high-level windows flood the interior with daylight.
Completion is expected at the end of 2018.
In order to facilitate new project initiatives for this outstanding Arts and Community organisation Kiosk worked with Greenfield Arts in Newton Aycliffe to transform a former classroom into an exciting new studio and workshop space. A more intimate social and meeting pod was separated from the remainder of the room by MDF fins and the space timber-clad on the floor, walls and ceiling. Fixed seating runs around the perimeter of the pod. The flooring was stripped and polished to show off the concrete floor below. A group of volunteers built a full-height storage wall. The project was done on a shoestring budget and most of our time and services as well as those of others in the project team were donated. Greenfield Arts Youth Cree is a project that provides creative activity that promotes positive wellbeing and is run by Greenfield Arts and funded by Durham County Council Public Health.
Broom Cottages Primary in Ferryhill was presented with a challenge: How to expand Early Years provision and take on 13 additional nursery children on a declining capital budget. A decision was made to accommodate the additional requirements by completely re-organising the internal layout, taking down walls, installing new toilets and widening existing corridors so they would become play and teaching spaces. In addition the inside was to be opened up to allow for the new outdoor play area protected by a translucent canopy to seamlessly connect to the inside and the main entrance to be re-designed. The opening up of internal walls to create better visual connections was an important objective to enable existing staff to manage additional pupils.
Head teacher Sean Kavanagh says: "We had never done anything like this before, so whilst we had ideas of what we wanted, we needed inspiration but also advice on building matters. As a small architectural practice, Kiosk were great in giving this project their full attention right the way through, from the first sketches to snagging of the fittings. I felt that their professional and personal approach gave us the right level of control and involvement."
The brief for this project in Heaton, Newcastle, started out with the clients' dissatisfaction with the layout, size and amount of daylight to the existing kitchen. Furthermore the kitchen was isolated from the rest of the house and a previous extension had turned into an unsightly storage room.
The solution was to open up the existing elevation to a small but powerfully top- and side-lit extension. The kitchen was extended and re-designed and the former store converted into a dining area. A new doorway into the existing music room re-connects the Ground Floor rooms and makes the house work as a whole.
Photography by Jill Tate www.jilltate.co.uk
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The provision of family and affordable housing is part of the comprehensive regeneration strategy for the Walker Riverside area, Newcastle. The project, commissioned by a client team of registered social landlord and house builder, looked at a total of three infill sites within the heart of the community, phase one of which was located on the site of the former Walker baths.
The project delivered a total of three houses and four bungalows, one of which is wheelchair accessible. A mix of materials such as UK-sourced sweet chestnut timber cladding, brickwork and Trespa cladding was chosen for a contemporary and approachable appearance. All units achieve an Eco Homes rating of "Very Good" and have been designed to Lifetime Homes and Scheme Development Standards.
Photography by Steve Lomas Photography - www.lomasphotographic.co.uk
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The project transformed and reconnected the Ground Floor spaces of this beautiful house in Gosforth. We turned previously isolated rooms into a new kitchen and dining area. Windows and a large glazed folding door open it up into the garden. Roof lights bring light into the house, oak flooring and a new kitchen give the spaces a modern and warm look.
This Victorian Model Farm near Newcastle upon Tyne is being converted into individual dwellings by a private client. The scale of the project requires a careful and phased approach to its development. The intention is to combine high-quality contemporary living with a sense and respect for the unique heritage and character of the original buildings. Prospective buyers have the unique opportunity to work with Kiosk in order to customise the internal layout of their property to suit their needs and aspirations. The first dwelling was completed in Autumn 2011 whilst the remainder is in development.
Two-stage architectural competition for the design of a Children’s Centre on the existing site of a women and children’s refuge in Dublin.
Answering an ambitious brief for a tight site we based our response on the belief that the proposal can help to re-define and strengthen the relationship between the inside and the outside world - as a matter of the physical environment but also to support the development of a positive and confident identity.
The concept for the centre was developed around the ideas of a defining skin for the main elevation, maximising daylight and vistas and providing flexible yet distinct internal spaces for the children to relate to. Treating the existing centre and the new proposal as an entity allowed for a highly efficient layout within the given budget constraints.
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