The brief is for a new build gallery, studio, house and apartment for graphic and theatre designer client in Kilburn, North London, UK.The proposal acts as a filter of its context, but also its varying programme. The layers of programme overlap and contract as required to provide public, semi public and private spaces. The louvres function not only to provide privacy and security, but also function as a filter to mitigate the hard urban environment and create a comfortable condition inside, like having a forest around the building.
BA(Hons) AADipl RIBA
Gianni Botsford was born in Venice, Italy in 1960, and completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), in Professor John Frazer’s Evolutionary Architecture Unit. He set up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996, was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA, London Metropolitan University, and the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, London Met, Cambridge and Bath Universities in the UK.
A founder member and studio leader in the annual Studio in the Woods, he was a member of the RIBA Awards Group from 2008-2012, and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel.
The recipient of the Lubetkin Prize in 2008, and numerous further awards, his research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation and control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed.
Recently completed projects include The Layered Gallery and House in a Garden in the UK, and residences in the Bahamas and Venice for an artist. Current projects include a 42 storey research tower for Oppo in Chengdu, China currently under construction, the extension and refurbishment of an early Foster and Partners house in Hampstead in London, Artist’s Studios for the Arts Charity Kindred Studios in London, and a research project in conjunction with Arup and ETH Zurich for lower cost digital fabrication in developing countries.