Studio Anyo’s Spectrum project gets nominated for two accolades at the 2020 Offsite Awards

Newly built luxury apartments at Spectrum Hillview Gardens, London.
Newly built luxury apartments at Spectrum Hillview Gardens, London

We are delighted to announce that our Spectrum project has been nominated for two prestigious accolades at the 2020 Offsite Awards! This development by Excelsior Homes at Hillview Gardens, London is up for the Best Use of Volumetric Technology and Private Housing Project of the Year.

Spectrum is a stunning new luxury property development designed for the way people live today. We have developed a unique modular approach to building it by combining traditional materials with new technology, sophisticated techniques and precision construction. Spectrum Apartments are 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartments that are architecturally designed and innovatively constructed off-site. Although built using the very latest in modern technology, the standards behind them are as high as those with traditional developments. Our approach is revolutionising modular, with innovation and quality at the very core.

Looking forward to the ‘virtual’ Offsite Awards on 22nd September!  

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Meet Architect Maedi from Germany

Maedi is a German native who loves the outdoors. She treasures her childhood memories at her hometown where she spent lovely summers by the lake. She then went to Berlin to study and experience the big city life. After which, Maedi migrated to Dublin, which she says is a great city full of friendly people with the perfect mix of city and rural life.

Maedi Boehm Architect Fact File
Whether it is sushi, ramen, or gyoza that first comes to mind, everyone has a favorite Japanese dish they look forward to sampling from time to time! What’s yours?

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on two projects. One is Upton Lofts, a 13 units, 4 storey residential building in Newham. It is a traditional build with steel structure and brick facade. The other one is Old Sorting Office, an existing brick building which will be refurbished into a residential development.

What do you love about architecture?

I like to work on a project where I am involved from start to finish. You start with an idea, and it may take you years to work on it. Understandably, whilst it is a slow process, you know one day it will be materialised, and you can walk through what you have created.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The best project I have worked on so far is the R school in Ireland which I was involved in from the very beginning. I did the sketches myself and saw it through to the end. I learnt a lot working on this project, and I thought it was stunning. It was also shortlisted for the RIBA awards which was an added delight.

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Getting to know Architect Kemi up close

Say hello to Kyamiran, our architectural assistant at Studio Anyo. Kemi as we fondly call her is from Krumovgrad, a small town in Bulgaria. She loves the nature surrounding her hometown and its great community spirit. She says being in town is like being at her own home. She also has a soft spot for Turkey where Kemi completed her degree in Architecture. 

Read on to know more about her personal and career endeavors.

Kyamiran Resmi Architect Fact File

What are you working on now?

I am working on a new software called KREO. It is being developed by Anyo, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to create feasibilities. It’s a work in progress but once completed, it will have the ability to perform tasks accurately and efficiently. I also contribute to other projects such as Meeting House Lane and doing feasibilities for Hillingdon.

What do you love about architecture?

I love the aspect of design in architecture. It is very special to me because it allows me to use my imagination. We can dream and travel to places that don’t exist, but as an architect, we are empowered to turn our imagination into something real, by creating it. 

What’s your favourite building?

Bruder Klaus Chapel by Peter Zumthor
Bruder Klaus Chapel by Peter Zumthor

I like the Bruder Klaus Chapel by Peter Zumthor for two reasons: The use of natural materials incorporated in the design and the collaboration with the local farmers to build the chapel who wanted to honour their patron saint, Bruder Klaus of the 15th century.

Interestingly, the structure was constructed from 112 local pine trees cut and arranged into a kind of wigwam. Upon completion of the frame, layers of concrete were poured and rammed atop the existing surface. When the concrete of all 24 layers had set, the wooden frame was set on fire, leaving behind a hollowed blackened cavity and charred walls. Up until now, you can still see and smell the trees in the building. Fascinating, isn’t it?

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The best project I have worked on so far is Meeting House Lane because I was involved in every stage – from the very beginning, including its feasibility study. It’s important for an architect, myself included to be involved in all parts of the project as you can see its progress in time.

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Become acquainted with our lovely Architect Giulia

Meet another member of our firm, Giulia, who has been surrounded by architecture all of her life. How so? Imagine growing up in Venice, imagine studying architecture in Venice! Giulia loves Venice and its architectural relation with water and rich history. She is grateful to have studied in her hometown, which she describes as an open-air museum.

See her main interests to know if you have something in common. Are you a Harry Potter enthusiast too?

Giulia Tomaello Architect Fact File

What are you working on now?

I am working on various projects ranging from residential to commercial developments, such as Spectrum House in Hendon. It’s a 42 unit modular residential building scheme. I’m also working on a 300-unit modular residential scheme in Basildon.

I am also responsible for the Meeting House Lane development in Dublin which is a 68-room hotel scheme and is currently at a planning stage. 

What do you love about architecture?

When I was a kid I loved drawing houses and planning how to build them. I am fascinated by unconventional shapes like pyramids and I like the idea to be able to design spaces for people to live in.

Venice is very historical which can make it difficult to create modern spaces. There are many buildings which are listed and so untouchable – One of the famous works I truly admire in Venice is from Rem Koolhaas, a world-renowned architect based in the Netherlands who has made great contributions in architecture. I enjoy the ability to be able to design freely, especially here in London.

What’s your favourite building?

The Shard by Renzo Piano
The Shard by Renzo Piano

I like The Shard when it comes to design. It was built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, as a spire-like sculpture emerging from the River Thames. In 2014, it won first place at the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, where Emporis judges hailed the building as “a skyscraper that is recognised immediately and which is already considered London’s new emblem”.

In terms of functionality, however, I love Le Cabanon de vacances by the great Le Corbusier. It’s small but functional and was his holiday home.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The best project I’ve worked on so far is the Meeting House Lane in Dublin. I am thrilled about it because our team is building on top of an existing building. Interestingly, there used to be an abbey on the site, which is where we draw our inspiration from. We are carefully integrating the current architecture in the facade with the new modular unit on top. It’s fascinating and definitely something to look forward to!

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