Historic building expertise: MarbleAir Architects

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MarbleAir Architects

Design and creativity are at the heart of this practice, which has a niche specialism in high-end residential projects and grade II listed buildings.

Located in Summertown, Oxford, MarbleAir has worked on a diverse range of beautiful and historic buildings for commercial and residential clients and is experienced in dealing with the unique requirements of listed buildings in and around Oxford.

With architectural and structural engineering expertise, this RIBA chartered practice provides a bespoke design and build service. Their work typically involves house remodels, extensions and refurbishment, and schemes involving heritage sites and offices. The architects specialise in making the most of space and are experts in creating glass extensions, loft and barn conversions, annexes and renovating older properties.

Tradition with a contemporary twist

While the architects work in a variety of architectural styles, they have a passion for combining the old with new contemporary features, retaining the best of the old, yet modernising the space. Their regeneration expertise means that they understand the fabric of historic buildings and can use the latest building technologies to bring new life to them.

MarbleAir can take a project from an initial idea through to a feasibility study, design, planning, building regulations and construction. It also offers interior design services and has expanded to provide architectural services for developers.

Creativity is key

Architect Anna Dulnikowska-Przystalska, who specialises in architectural regeneration, said:

We listen, so that we understand client expectations, and they can expect creativity from us. Our ethos is thoughtful consideration for every project no matter what scale or size, tailoring the project team and handholding clients through the process if required.

Attention to detail, sustainability and protecting the environment are important to us. Some clients want a project management service, and we cater for this if they don’t feel confident with self-management.

Here are two beautiful projects completed by MarbleAir:

With this project, the client wanted to open up and extend the back of the house to appreciate its surroundings by creating a glass structure. MarbleAir designed a glass-walled garden room with a solid roof and roof light overlooking the garden.

The two images above show how the architects fulfilled the client’s brief to remodel and extend the existing layout of a house in Henley-on-Thames, which stands in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ground floor was converted into an open-plan living space, involving a kitchen extension and dining area with retracting glass doors fitted in a cantilevered corner opening. The first floor ceilings were raised to expose original timber trusses and a new master bedroom was added.

What we think

The way Marble Air works in sympathy with historic buildings to give them a new lease of life is extremely skillful.

Anna is very accomplished at retaining a building’s character while deftly combining traditional and contemporary elements and installing new technology. The results are both beautiful and practical.

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