With heritage homes more desirable than ever in London and beyond, homeowners are renovating and expanding as a matter of course. Lifestyles have changed to put more emphasis on open kitchens, en suite bathrooms and natural light. It takes a professional architect to distil the ambitions of a modern household into a beautiful and efficient package that will also pass muster with planning regulations. Scenario counts itself among the top residential architecture firms in London. We have more than a decade of experience restoring and enhancing heritage homes across the city with our unique, contemporary approach. A Scenario home may look like its neighbours from the pavement, but behind the façade it wows with unusual sightlines, fluid lines and a remarkable distinction between old and new. Clients who choose us aspire to a new archetype for London living: open and comfortable, luxurious yet accessible.
A highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each client’s unique lifestyle. Among all the architecture firms in London, Scenario’s founding partners share a unique vision: to practice a truly compassionate and collaborative art. Since 2007, we’ve taken a considered approach to our clients’ needs and ambitions, pushing them to the next level. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell a story about each owner – not about the architects.
Our landmark residential project Scenario House established us as one of the top architecture firms in London today. Located in Stoke Newington, east London, it showcases the best of what a Victorian house can become and sets a high bar for modern refurbishments. In 2018, the house was shortlisted for the RIBA London Awards and other architecture prizes. Still as fresh and efficient today as when we put it to paper, it merges contemporary steel and glass with reclaimed wood, antique brick and eco-friendly elements.
Your London project
Starting an architecture project in London
If you’re considering using any architecture firms in London, we’re here to help, whether you’re planning a home renovation, extension or new-build. Most new London architecture projects require planning permission from the local council. We’ve built a successful record securing planning permission for our clients and claim home advantage across the city.
Click here to read our illustrated overview,outlining each stage of the process.
TipDiscover if your architect has had success steering planning applications through your local council. Visit the “planning applications” page of your council’s website and enter the architect’s name in the search criteria.
AdviceTo help you determine the requirements for securing planning permission in London, we’ve created this step-by-step guide. Download it below.
Your London project & Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario on your London architecture
A boutique architecture studio, Scenario focuses on high-end residential projects in and around London with our bespoke architecture service. We tackle projects of every scale and scope, from interior remodelling to full renovations and new-build homes.
Our highly skilled team will take you through every stage of your project. We’ll consult with you from the initial drawings through the design details, steer you through local planning and tender. We’ll be stand by you throughout the construction and see you through the successful completion of your home. We always finish our projects on time and on budget.
Scenario is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, meaning our clients are protected against health and safety measures with quality-management systems.
We are early adopters of cutting-edge architectural technology, using innovative 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard on all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations are the most efficient tools for choosing fixtures and fittings, and for simulating natural light.
We produce our reliable construction information with 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology. All our project data derives from accurate, coordinated 3D models, and saves our clients time, money and worry.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has published this case study featuring a Scenario Architecture project. It demonstrates the benefits of advanced technology for domestic architecture.
In our clients words
We wanted to renovate our house in a conservation area in central London. Given this involved a complete demolition and new build with an extra floor on top, getting planning approval was always going to be tricky. Scenario did an amazing job on the new house ‘envelope’ and throughout the planning phase. We couldn’t have wished for better from them and having succeeded in gaining planning approval owe them a very big ‘thank you’.
Scenario designed a kitchen extension for us, and we are delighted with the results. The process was well organised, planned and delivered, and the whole team were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for their design, planning and project management skills.
Worked with these guys on the internal development of our office. From start to finish they were great. They got what we wanted first time and really made working with them very easy. Their aftercare has been great too helping us deal with something that they were not involved with in the first place. Will highly recommend them to anyone.
There was once a conventional wisdom for homeowners. When buying a house, you conform to its original architecture. You may add plumbing and electrics, but you suffer for the structure. You leave walls intact, add armoires rather than build new storage. And God forbid you paint over exposed brick.
Our lifestyles have changed, along with our design savvy. Most homeowners now know how a period house can be opened up and converted into a contemporary one without altering the integrity of the structure and façade. But few of us have the tools to customise a design and carry out the work.
With separate kitchens, formal parlours and out-of-the-way bathrooms in the past – and a dozen decorating titles on the market for every style and budget – tearing up floor plans and starting anew is de rigueur. An architect will take things from there. Just like no two families are the same, the same goes for a house. An architect makes the ideal liaison between those two entities – as well as with contractors, builders, tradespeople and wholesalers. An architect will create a running dialogue between everyone and everything.
It takes a trained practitioner to offer clever solutions for sneaking in storage, an extra toilet or an essential workspace. And an experience eye will see where you’ll need to, say, sacrifice on living space to get the kitchen you want – or see that you won’t need to sacrifice after all.
Architecture firms in London and beyond are slowly transforming the built landscape. The cookie-cutter homes builders envisioned 150 years ago are morphing behind heritage facades to suit evolving lifestyles and specific needs. Kitchens are growing, and serving multiple purposes as entertaining spaces and home offices; with separate dining rooms less important nowadays, they’re being folded into the new so-called Great Room. Meanwhile massive units for music and screens are shrinking. The focus of the lounge has changed entirely in just a handful of years. En suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes are being carved out of eaves and poky bedrooms – not to mention spaces for yoga and meditation. Stairs are hiding storage to reduce clutter coming from small children, while walls are hiding appliances nobody could have even conceived of 50 years ago.
An architect will know where and how to incorporate these changes into your home before you even know you want or need them. And they’ll pinpoint the perfect materials with which to achieve it all. In the end your house will be a true original.