Scenario Architecture is open for business and running at full capacity.
- Work is progressing safely on all existing projects and additionally, we are in a position to take on a limited number of new projects.
- By working remotely we are able to coordinate and deliver all required information, effectively run virtual design meetings and even carry out site inspections.
- We encourage clients to progress towards submission of planning applications to avoid the backlogs which are building up in local councils.
- With every crisis comes an opportunity, contractors are keen to secure new projects and it is probably the best time in years to tender building works and achieve competitive prices.
- We ourselves have decided to proceed with our pre-corona plans to move a few doors down to a larger and newly designed space where we can continue to grow sustainably.
Scenario has built a leading architecture practice restoring, enhancing and extending period homes. We take a unique approach to residential interiors, marrying contemporary lines with heritage details. Over a decade, we’ve worked with clients who appreciate the London vernacular yet aspire to a more open, accessible luxury. With their help, we’ve begun to transform the city’s old architectural landscape for a new generation.
Founded by two Architecture Association graduates, Scenario began with an ambitious and compassionate mandate: to develop a unique style that adapts to each client’s specific needs. We take a considered approach to our clients’ individual needs, producing highly functional interiors that incorporate a deep understanding and precise analysis of their lifestyle. Scenario’s tailor-made homes tell the story of the owner, not the architects.
Our landmark project Scenario House is an example of this dedication to lifestyle, showcasing the potential of London’s period housing stock. Located in Stoke Newington, Scenario house has been shortlisted for several prestigious prizes, including the 2018 RIBA London Awards. As fresh and functional today as when we imagined it, Scenario House demonstrates our customised approach to London living.
Your intention to design your home
Starting your Eco Home interior
Many Eco Home Architects can help you jumpstart your residential project. Scenario has undertaken this illustrated overview to help homeowners understand each stage of the process, whether for a renovation or home extension.
Most interior architecture still requires planning permission from the local borough council. Scenario has built a successful record acquiring permission for our clients. We claim home advantage across London and the Southeast.
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.
AdviceWe have created guides for homeowners to provide additional advice and help with your project. The following eBooks are currently available for you to download:
1. Planning in London and the home counties - A guide for homeowners
2. Self build - A guide to building your own new build home
Design a house with Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your Eco Home interior
A RIBA Chartered Practice, we comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects. This protects all our clients with insurance, health and safety measures and quality-management.
We pride ourselves on taking up innovative 3D design and visualisation tools on all our projects – we’ve found that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are efficient tools for choosing finishes, maximising space, planning for fixtures and simulating natural light. Our reliable construction information comes from accurate 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology, saving our clients time and money.
This case study from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) demonstrates the benefits of advanced technology for domestic architecture.
In the past, it was common practice for local authorities to impose sustainability standards on residential developments. However, the 2015 Deregulation Act removed the obligation on local authorities to require any standard at all, which means the only requirements are Building Regulations.
With no clear and improved targets to work towards, in collaboration with Envision (www.envisioneco.com) we have created optional Sustainability ‘Levels’ to offer our clients the chance to drastically improve the sustainability credentials of their home.
These ‘Levels’ encompassing Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond traverse a clear and applicable route from basic compliance with current Building Regulations all the way to the full and rigorous HQM (Home Quality Mark) certification within Level Diamond.
As the packages become more comprehensive in terms of sustainability, analysis and implemented measures, they provide increasing tangible benefits, ranging from thermal and acoustic comfort and wellbeing, to reduced carbon footprint, savings on running costs and advantages through the planning process.
The more elaborate packages naturally entail higher costs in terms of professional fees as well as impact on the construction cost, although each sustainability ‘Level’ will endeavour to not overly burden the construction budget.
Aiming any higher than the current industry standards significantly increases our workload on the project as it requires careful consideration, additional meetings and close collaboration with Envision throughout the process.
This increase in workload for us is moderate with the Silver package and exponentially increases with the Gold and Diamond packages, however as we are keen and committed to promoting our new initiative and sustainability for all projects, we keep the implications on our fees to an absolute minimum.
Should you decide to opt for the Silver package our fees will remain unchanged, if you choose the more demanding Gold package, our fees will increase by an additional 1% and if you decide to commit to the ambitious Diamond package our fees will increase by an additional 2% of the construction cost over the initially agreed fees.
In our clients words
Great ideas and vision to help with our substantial improvement of a Victorian terrace. In our experience Scenario’s method prioritises the final result. That may mean more professional fees or higher quotes from contractors, as they understand the exact requirements.
Great, professional service. Good drawings and models and ultimately passed planning at the first attempt with Hackney Council. Would certainly recommend!
Scenario Architecture have created an outstanding design and space that was beyond my expectations. The design was through their unique process of understanding the client’s daily scenarios and collaborating with the client to come up with a unique design. The design process is one of the most memorable parts of the process and they also stretched my existing ideas to help create this unique space. A stress free journey throughout the whole process which Scenario were indispensable by giving advice on many difficult design and build decisions.
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 were great at thinking imaginatively and coming up with a design for a ground floor extension that was more ambitous than other architects we spoke to. They also helped us find a contractor who was able to complete the project working within timescale and our tight budget. I would recommend for mid to large sized projects with sufficient budget to allow for full utilisation of their creativity.
- Scenario based design – We start each and every project with a meticulous analysis of our client’s vision, requirements and aspirations. We do this by asking our clients to imagine their everyday scenarios living in the completed house and describe their desired interaction with it.
- Uniquely interactive - Our client’s deep involvement in the process does not stop with completion of the brief. Our design meetings are highly interactive, informal and fun.
- Designed to reflect you – Based purely on your lifestyle, aspirations and requirements and free from externally imposed concepts, metaphors and pre-conceptions, a completely fresh and unique design will gradually emerge and it will tell your story not ours.