Scenario counts itself among the top residential architecture studios in London. Over more than a decade, we’ve amassed a portfolio of high-end projects across the capital, adding contemporary curves to period homes, and building distinctive, highly functional spaces.
We established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture. Our boutique practice takes a considered approach to our clients’ habits, hobbies and aspirations, delivering highly functional contemporary living spaces that tell a story about the owners – not the architects.
Our landmark project Scenario House has been covered widely by the media and shortlisted for several prestigious architecture prizes – including the 2018 RIBA London Awards. It demonstrates our innovative and tailored approach to domestic architecture.
Your London project
Starting your project with our residential architects, London
If you plan to take on a residential architectural project in London, we’re happy to help, whether you’re planning a home extension, renovation or new-build.
We’ve created a brief illustrated overview to help you understand each stage of the process.
Most London architecture projects require planning permission from the local council. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across in and around the capital.
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 in London, we’ve created this helpful handbook. Download it below.
Your London project & Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your residential project
Scenario is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in London and beyond. Through our bespoke architecture service, we tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds.
Our friendly and highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your new space. We’ll collaborate closely with you from the initial drawings, detail design and planning, guiding you through the tender and construction process and completing your house on time and on budget.
Early adopters of new drafting and building technologies, we use innovative 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard for all projects. Our experience has shown that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are extremely efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.
We use 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so all our project data comes from an accurate, coordinated 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time and money.
A Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a Scenario project demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.
Scenario Architecture is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management systems.
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.
Out of all the great cities in the world, London has perhaps the richest stock of residential housing with the greatest potential for improvement. But the historic and delicate nature of many houses in the capital, along with the many complicated residential planning and development regulations, means starting your own project can be daunting.
Going directly to a builder or home-extension specialist means the individual foibles and characteristics of your house may be missed in the process of improving in a standardised fashion. Problems crop up along the way that should have been foreseen in the design phase. Hidden potential can be overlooked and materials used without consideration for quality or sustainability.
Using a qualified architect attuned to your personal space will avoid problems later in the process and actually save you money in the long run, adding untold value. Which way does your home face? Where on your property do your neighbours’ views land? Do you plan to expand your family? Do you garden? Where do you spend your time? Do you work at home? Do you cook or entertain? Play music? Are you physically robust? How tall are you? How often do you clean? An architect will pore over these questions and more to land on a specific, bespoke design that speaks to you and your family.
To find a trustworthy architect, visit the website for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It keeps a project database of more than 40,000 case studies that can match you with precisely the specialist you need for your home within your budget. The professional membership body provides the tools you need for discovering the top practitioners in your area, for your style and in your price range.
Once you’ve found an architect you’ll be happy collaborating with, the process of transforming your home will go much more smoothly. You’ll have the support of an experienced practitioner, starting from the party walls inward, designing hard-working spaces like the kitchen and bathrooms to pushing all those detailed specifications through the planning process to dealing with builders, trades and decorators on site.
At the end of the process, you’ll have a property you’ll want to live in forever. At the very least, it’ll increase in value for you and any potential buyer.