Low-energy design specialists from Oxford: Resonant Architecture

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Resonant Architecture

Specialising in designs that have a minimal impact on the environment, Resonant Architecture works on residential, educational and workspace projects along with the commercial arts and hospitality sector.

This practice in Oxford Oxfordshire takes time to understand clients’ specific requirements and aspirations and carries out sound research to make sure they fulfil the brief.

This proposed scheme involves converting a Victorian villa on Iffley Road in Oxford into residential accommodation. The building has been used as offices for decades and the project will strip it back to its original layout, adding extensions to the ground and basement level and reinstating a garden.

Doing the groundwork

Resonant Architecture has honed its skills over two decades and believes that the basis of a project’s success is a strong idea, rigorously tested against the brief, followed by implementation. As a result, it has designed buildings that create environmental benefits.

With sustainability a priority, architects like to work collaboratively with like-minded clients and are practiced in the use of technology such as on-site power generation, off-site prefabrication and recycled construction materials. The firm is partnered with a certified Passivhaus designer – the leading certification scheme for low-energy home design – and works with specialists on strategy and design proposals for low-energy buildings, recycling and passive energy use.

Professional services offered

These Oxford architects provide a full service, from accepting an initial brief to fully developing the project, or partial services for a particular stage of the scheme. Architectural services can include lead consultant and contract administrator. The firm is experienced in both the client and contractor side; it works with surveyors and consultants on planning applications and can take a scheme through Building Control regulations.

Buildings with specific requirements

Resonant Architecture is also experienced in heritage and conservation projects, having carried out building conservation work and successfully achieved listed building consent for several grade I and grade II listed buildings, putting its success down to research and discussion with the local authority and relevant parties. The practice also offers interior design services and sustainability consulting.

Here are two more of these Oxford architects’ beautiful designs.

This extension and renovation of a Victorian detached house at Histon, Cambridgeshire, involved a complete overhaul and a two-storey rear and side extension. The architects created new, full-width bespoke glazing linking a newly open-plan kitchen-dining room with the garden, as well as an additional bedroom, bathroom and utility room.

Director Tom Dawson explained this scheme:

This 1980s suburban home was purchased by a local Cambridge University Fellow: it needed updating and extending to add more daylight and create a better relationship with the garden. Nearby university buildings at Wolfson College informed the extension’s form and materials, and due to its south-facing aspect, roof overhangs, automatic blinds and solar control glass were employed to mitigate overheating, and a large solar array was installed. Internally, the house underwent extensive structural alterations to create more open space and make use of the increased light entering from the new elevation.

What we like about Oxford architects Resonant Architecture

This is a great practice for clients keen to explore the best environmental options. Its focus on sustainability is combined with specialist knowledge of eco-friendly technology, giving it a niche appeal, which is added to by its experience in heritage buildings.

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