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...
Here are the first few images of our recent housing development in Aberthaw.
2 new build, contemporary dwellings, with burnt Larch cladding, concrete walls, Zinc roofs and frameless glass detailing.
The 2 houses are sunken into the plot behind a tall retaining wall and have the most incredible South facing views across the mountains surrounding East Aberthaw.
More pictures to follow.....
With the walls skimmed and the building now watertight, the light filled spaces are coming to life!
The flat roof rear extension is taking shape! Also, the slots are cut into the fabric of the old house, in preparation to receive the formidable 8m long flat glass roof. The glass is currently been fabricated in Germany, due to its enormity (8m x 3m) it takes 14 weeks to supply! After a few set backs, in the first month, we are now storming ahead! These contractors are true craftsmen, taking pride in every detail. From the bath stone cleaner, to the brick layers, the plasterers and the labourers; on every site visit, you sense the urgency and pride, around the site.
Last month, I visited Lisbon on a 4 day trip. Whilst there, I met with the Director of the DESIGN MUSEUM 'MUDE', in the city centre.
MUDE have been exhibiting a chair that I designed over 15 years ago (picture attached to blog). What's exciting is that this was the second chair ever purchased from our London shop space, the first chair, selling to Donna Karan!
Our meeting was primarily to discuss current furniture collections that are on my drawing board, and potential future exhibitions. All very exciting, and maybe the push I need, to transfer these recent doodle concepts, from 2-D into reality.