Nestled into a high banked plot of land overlooking a beautiful Bay in Mumbles, Swansea, our latest project The Ochre House is something we are very proud of.
At the base of the cliff supporting the steps, is an old iron ore mine that is believed to have been worked as far back as Roman times. At low tide the bay is exposed and clearly shows it’s history with deep red iron ore bands running through the strata in a line directly with the plot.
The home is designed on the ethos of form following function. Every wall, ceiling and floor is derived directly from context.
Our clients who are Malibu based but originally from the area tasked us with building a light filled, bold home with double height spaces and large open living areas. The Ochre House will sit quietly in their surroundings, integrated within the landscape.
The plot of land is large and the entire development will will eventually realise three magnificent homes.
Subtle Architectural forms and materials will evolve directly from contextual references.
The houses will utilise sustainable, modern, building technology and will be exemplary examples of contemporary design.
The bay holds some fascinating geology which has a character distinct from other bays in the area.
The Ochre Houses will be something special.
We are very excited to announce that Glen is a judge on the new BBC daytime show, Best house in town.
This week the houses on show are in Cardiff so the BBC asked Glen if he would lend his knowledge to the programme.
Each week the regional show explores interior design and home renovations. Glen is part of a team of local property experts and the winner of each episode (Detached, Semi-Detached, Apartments and wildcard.) will go through to the last show to see who has the best house in town!
The program is available to watch now on iPlayer for the next 30 days and the next episode is on this afternoon at 3:45pm
Another exciting current project for our Studio is this black corrugated, vaulted ceiling, modern extension, to a 200 year old farm dwelling, near Aberdare.
A glazed link separates the original stone building from the new, open plan, passive house standard extension.
Our latest development : A concrete, glass, steel and stone extension to a historic 18th Century dwelling
We are very excited with the practical completion of our Pontcanna House project.
This large detached property has undergone a complete renovation that includes a large rear extension with an impressive rear glass elevation to maximise the light brought into the stunning new kitchen.
An expansive loft conversion has created a stunning bedroom with bespoke dressing area and en-suite.
We are very happy with the realisation of what was a challenging concept.
Here are a few images from the development with more to follow.
We are very excited to be well under way with the refurbishment of our new studio in Pen-Y-Lan, Cardiff. We built the shared 10ft long desk and combined meeting table ourselves from Birch ply and we are rather proud of it.
The new studio will allow us to have a more productive workflow as new clients are building fast with over ten new projects arriving in the last few months, ranging from large contemporary wrap around home extensions to exciting new builds of multiple, complex architecture on the beautiful Welsh coast. Information on these projects will be up on the site soon.
Photos taken this afternoon, from what hopefully will be one of 3, new build, contemporary 'upside down', passive houses. Our initial site visit last week was moody, stormy, electric! Today's transformation was beautiful, vivid and inspiring. These houses will have to be something special indeed! More information to follow.
We visited one of our sites in Penylan Cardiff today where we are working in conjunction with the excellent Precision Construction. We designed a new billboard to go up at each site we collaborate on and I think you'll agree that they look fantastic!
Believe it or not we are only into the fifth week of the complete renovation and development of this beautiful Victorian House in Pontcanna.
After day 3 most of the old rear extensions and internal walls were demolished and removed from site.
On the third week, all the steels were hoisted into position, making the house appear to float delicately In mid air! What a wonderful sight: exposing the guts of the house and Inserting a new, slender skeleton.
‘Precision Construction Wales’, are undertaking a sterling job: what a fabulously dedicated team of skilled trades people!
The new contemporary flat roof has 3 enormous bespoke roof lights and full height, high spec, glass sliding doors at 3m tall, that wrap around the new structure, held only by a slim, round, steel post located inside the far corner. Beautiful design by our engineers and design team!
Well I think from yesterday’s site visit, this may be a record for getting a project in on time! ....We will keep you updated.
Five months ago, Glen Thomas Architecture volunteered its services to design and project manage a complete makeover for the Cardiff branch of the YMCA shelter for the homeless.
The building was in a state of disrepair. The rooms, used by the residents for cooking, computer research stations and sitting areas were dark and damp with loose wallpaper and blown render, moldy carpets and out-dated furniture.
The tricky part was the fact that due to cutbacks, there was no budget!
The brief was to design a series of clean, light contemporary spaces that would be comfortable to use, encourage relationship development between users and staff and inspire the residents to use the facilities in a positive way that ultimately would assist their goals to find work and a home.
Glen Thomas Architecture sought the help of several trades people / companies, who we work with on other projects, and a huge thanks goes out to the following :
SIGMA3 KITCHENS for supplying a new fitted kitchen and office furniture - free of charge!!!
R J BUILDING SOLUTIONS (Ray Jones) for offering its plasterer / decorators free of charge
PRECISION CONSTRUCTION for offering its carpenters free of charge
QUALITY CARPETS for supply and fitting stunning new flooring throughout for no profit
It’s been a very rewarding collaborative project where ourselves, the tradespeople and also, most importantly, the residents, all pulled together to create a wonderful environment.
Our team met some of the residents who have been training to work in the building trade and happily donated their time to realise the project with us.
The project was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on ** by Councillor Lynda Thorne and the YMCA Chief Executive Andrew Templeton, where an extremely touching and memorable speech was given by one of the residents who was involved with the work, who summed up exactly what the YMCA service and the makeover, meant to him.
We would like to thank everyone who was involved and hope that the new spaces are as rewarding to everyone who gets to use them as it was for us to create them.
A new team member!
Glen Thomas Architecture welcomes a new member of staff, Richard Wood, who joined us on the 14th of May. Richard is going to take on the role of Office / Creative Manager, for the company. Richard comes from a 15 year background in photography, web and brand building, PR and marketing. He has worked with major record labels, PR companies, comedians and his photography work has featured internationally.
We are confident that Richard will be a great asset to the team.
Glen Thomas Architecture revamps old and tired YMCA resource centre, Cardiff
We have been asked to design and project manage the interior of the old YMCA building in Cardiff.
The proposal seeks to create a bright, contemporary and inspiring environment for the residents and staff.
Modern furniture and fittings, a new floor and bold YMCA logo/ colours, will completely change the current dark drab interior and provide an exciting, minimalist, modern resource space for the homeless to engage in positive activities and assist them in sourcing avenues in getting work and a perminant roof over their heads.
Glen Thomas Architecture, is proud to be involved. We will post before and after pictures in the coming few weeks. A huge thanks to local suppliers and trades who, together with our practice, have kindly volunteered their time and resources.
Watch this space for more news....
Our new office!
Finally in and up and running, it’s still a shell but has a spacious bright loft/ warehouse feel to it that I love. Can’t wait to get decorating and making the desks / concrete ping pong table! Painting the front external wall with our new logo... installing some huge wall monitors and sound system. But for the moment, I feel like a child in his new den!!
With the planned expansion this year, we now have the space for technicians, admin staff and a client meeting area.
Exciting times ahead.
We are proud to announce that GLEN THOMAS ARCHITECTURE has won 2 new exciting projects this week :
A large new build contemporary eco-home in the countryside & a modern house development in the City.
Both schemes will be an enormous challenge due their surroundings, but with the enthused, radical-thinking clients we have, a challenge we will relish!
We will keep you updated....
Detail shot of the black Aluminium, rear Store, for The Glass House, just completed.
More external photographs to come later this week.
The view from the approach : The houses are nestled behind a rising retaining wall. The sun streams down the glass roof-light strip, into the double height central void.
More images to follow...