Scenario has built a leading architecture practice restoring, enhancing and extending period homes throughout London. 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 London interior
Many interior architects, London-based, 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 in London 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.
AdviceTo help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission to design a house in London, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
Design a house with Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your London 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.
Through the ages, when London has come up with an architectural style, the city has tended to stick with it for a while. This tendency is what makes a Georgian house so distinguishable from a Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and mid-century home. The elegant lines and flourishes of many urban English styles – and the devotion to lively paint colours – keep the structures from looking cookie-cutter. Still, even a novice can peg the era of a structure within a few decades.
The same goes for the interior. Visit a Georgian home in any English market town and you will be able to find your way around – from the drawing rooms to the kitchens, bedrooms and baths. Victorian terraced homes – the most common house style of London and beyond – are built to a similar template. There’s a double reception, a kitchen in the rear and stairs to the bedrooms and bath. Same number of windows, similar roof pitch. The few variations between them occur in the number of stairs, based on the grade of the property, and the number of bedrooms, based on the footprint.
For that reason, most contemporary architects have worked out space-saving and space-enhancing solutions that can be replicated from house to house. The loft extension, side-return extension and basement excavation have become commonplace moves across the capital and the Home Counties.
These strategies are popular because they work to expand a house when a family needs it. They bring in additional light, make kitchens more functional and acknowledge the different ways in which families are living today. Yet although these designs are classics, they aren’t the be-all and end-all. We at Scenario use the latest technology to recoup space and expand in all directions. We maximise hidden corners under stairs and in the eaves. And we find ways to improve the flow of a home that incorporate unusual angles and silhouettes.
Most important of all, we tailor every one of our home interiors to the homeowners and their lifestyle. Just as no two families are the same, no two kitchens, bathrooms or wardrobes should be. We consult with our clients every step of the way to make sure the way you live, work, sleep, cook, dress and play is reflected in their environment. For this reason, every one of our designs has a different look and flow. So on the outside, you may recognise the house as Victorian, Edwardian or mid-century; but inside, you won’t recognise it as a Scenario House.
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.