Residential London architect Matthew Giles Architects

Specialising in designing high-end private residential projects in London and across the UK, Matthew Giles Architects provides a full architectural service from concept design to build completion.

This highly skilled team of architects and designers has an established reputation for producing unique, elegant and award-winning designs: the practice has been shortlisted for several national design awards and was a winner in the 2023 British Homes Awards for best interior design in the individual home category.

Their work encompasses architecture, interiors and garden design and includes renovations, retrofits, new build houses, house extension work, loft conversion schemes, basements, annexes, and apartments, as well as large scale projects involving listed buildings and swimming pools.

Comprehensive service

Matthew Giles Architects offers pre-purchase advice, site feasibility studies, planning advice and architectural services including drawings and building regulation compliance. They also provide joinery and furniture design, project management and contract administration.

Following a free consultation appointment to discuss a project, the practice adopts six work stages:

  • defining the brief, budget and goals and making recommendations.
  • preparing preliminary design options, sketches, 2D drawings and developing a 3D model.
  • following their comments, architects work closely with clients to update 3D visuals to review and confirm the agreed design, submitting documents for planning permission.
  • preparing the technical design, issuing the design for tender and managing the tender process, discharging relevant planning conditions and appointing the main contractor.
  • construction: monitoring and site inspection, and responding to queries from the main contractor.
  • concluding contract administration and handover.

A skilful redesign updates a family house

Matthew Giles Architects redesigned this three-storey, semi-detached Arts and Crafts style house in the London suburb of Thames Ditton to create a stylish family home with timber-clad side and rear ground floor extensions and a new garden building.

The family of six wanted to make their north-facing, dark and cramped house more liveable and introduce lots of light. The architects developed a scheme that used as much of the existing fabric as possible, which saved costs and allowed for an innovative and sustainable contemporary design.

Urban design

The dark timber cladding nods to the more traditional timber weatherboarding used in the Thames Ditton Conservation Area. Using timber disguised the extension from the front of the house, helping it mirror the timber gates found in neighbouring side passages. At the rear, demolition of existing brickwork made way for an opened kitchen and dining area, wrapped in glazing. Concrete formwork, a plinth roof with metal edging, and strong vertical elements anchor the house and garden.

Set within a new landscape design by Juliet Hutt Landscaping, the long, deep garden now features a garden building that doubles up as a spare bedroom, office, music room, and shower. A series of dark timber louvres – a characteristic of Thames Ditton – reduces overheating by providing solar shading to the south-facing façade.

Matthew Giles, founder and architect at Matthew Giles Architects, said:

Introducing natural light was pivotal in the designs of the extension and garden building, which now completely opens up to the surrounding nature and tethers the two together as one place. The interiors are flooded with green views and light from the new roof light, and a series of carefully placed windows and sliding doors. Together, it really creates that moment of pause when you step through the door and can look straight through the house.

What we like about this London architects’ practice:

Matthew Giles Architects designs homes with flair, often with a quirky detail added to create a sense of fun. They imagine light, bright interior spaces, and while their work has a very contemporary feel, the designs also work beautifully in period properties.

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