Townscape Architects York is an England based, RIBA chartered practice firm working out of studios in North Yorkshire. Founded by Nick Silcock, the firm pledges to the values of the discipline in terms of creative responses, environmental standards, and technological schemes. The architectural firm, being as client-driven as it is, overarches to suit every single need of the client, from appraisals to planning to construction.

Largely focused on advancements in the residential and commercial sectors, while also exploring new avenues in charity and community projects, the entire team strives to provide the user a holistic experience-one which is a union of being a client and a user.

Below are 15 of the many projects by Townscape Architects York:

1. New Build Dwelling

Located in Wetherby, England, the residential abode spreads over an empty canvas of a farmstead and is of area 3000 square feet. Being a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified building, the architecture technologists have inculcated advanced methods such as spray-based insulation systems using Icynene, hybrid timber arrangements combined with low emissivity membranes for enhanced thermal performance to successfully achieve a low carbon footprint.

The essence of the residence is the incorporation of a rural contexture into a modernized residence, its unison with the farmscape, while retaining the rustic qualities like open courtyards which allow the building to breathe.

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2. Bramhope House

The house in Bramhope, England, was a challenge taken upon by Townscape Architects to remodel a multigenerational home onto a sloping site. The lofty ground floor to entertain the socialites with a double-height gallery adds to the greater connectivity across the four levels; which extends out onto stepped balconies and terraces overlooking Harrogate and Almscliffe Crag.

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3. The Granary

A 16th-century grade-II listed aisle barn in Leeds, England underwent a drastic refurbishment under the creative genius of Townscape Architects. The remodel gave birth to one of Yorkshire’s premier venues – a high-quality restaurant, a cafe, and a farm shop.

A pair of contemporary glass extensions with zinc roofing and oak boarding was added at the entrance; and the under-floor heating system paired with thermal insulation using sheep’s wool in the walls helps materialize the true essence of “Caring for Life” the Granary stands by.

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4. Sun Croft House

Located in Sun Croft, Harrogate; the previously unkept house when completely redesigned by Townscape Architects turned it into a much more inviting abode. With the open plan living, kitchen, and a seating getting tied together by the stunning back-garden view and the two-way fireplace, one can sense the core of the house shifting from the outside to the inside when a part of it.

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5. New Eco-tech Home

This 3000 square meter house was built in York, England over the belief that one should grow old gracefully; the scope of users and uses ranges from small families wishing for peace and quiet to familial get-togethers with grandparents to couples hosting celebratory events, because, this dwelling vows to be a home for life.

The planning of the house spans across several rooms, including a ground floor bedroom keeping in mind the prospect of occupation by an elderly, lounges, and open plan living kitchens which extend out to the gardens, inviting in the outside.

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6. Coach House

This conversion project undertaken by Townscape Architects is one of transformation of a coach house into two 3-bedroom dwellings. Located in Harrogate Conservation Area, the house underwent the changes in the sensitive care of the firm’s architectural technologists while realizing the need to unburden the house and add more character to it.

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7. Jack Berry House

A center of excellence for rehabilitation and fitness, the Jack Berry House in Malton, England boasts state of the art accommodation rooms, pools, and a “Don’t Push It” gym. The architects have managed to capture the natural green across the site while sporting a universal design, the facility being extremely critical towards the physical and mental care of the disabled also provides practicing grounds to several renowned names in the discipline of sports.

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8. Peter O’Sullevan House

As the third facility of the IJF (Injured Jockeys Fund), Townscape Architects donned it upon themselves to conceive a design that grows on the success of the other two facilities, namely the Jack Berry House and the Oaksey House. Located in Newmarket, England, the rehabilitation and fitness facility exhibits the state of the art services central to the standards of the IJF, all the while housing the head office of the same. Expanding beyond the jockeys to the wider racing community, the facility aims to aid in maximizing the individual fitness of each occupant, physically capable or otherwise. The Peter O’Sullevan House stands to promote the fundamentals of IJF beyond the scope of mere regions and borders.

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9. Oak Framed Extension

This project assumed by Townscape Architects demanded a physical manifestation of a contemporary extension with a touch of vernacular for the family to model. The resulting space is a picturesque structural addition with a panoramic view into the garden and the countryside beyond.

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10. Parkhill Offices

In addition to the commercial facilities affiliated to Parkhill Offices, this one, in particular, enjoys an extremely simplistic design. Located in Wetherby, England; Townscape Architects employed contrast by designing a timber-panelled facade for the build and a clean white interior.

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11. Rutland Drive House

Townscape Architects took the remodel and extension project of a couple of workers’ cottages in 2014; now transformed into a nearly unrecognizable establishment adorned by the local streets in Harrogate, England.

A tactical approach to expand the additional living spaces into the roof was employed to maximize the floor space and the ground floor which plays with the spatial qualities of the family rooms and the kitchen; all of which gets subtly tied together by the backdrop of the green surroundings and the natural light the house garners.

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12. Class Q Conversion House

This former agricultural building, now a 4-bedroom residential abode for a family, perches beautifully within the rural surroundings of Northern Yorkshire while drawing inspiration from the existing context.

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13. Dunnington House Extension

This stunning house extension, an addendum to the abode in Dunnington flaunts a contemporary twist to the traditionally designed York house. The curved protrusion molded as a seating lounge aims to break the character of the house and redefine the heights of its singularity.

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14. New Modern Eco House

A modern, flexible house sitting on the streets of Chapel Allerton, Northern Leeds is one that delves deeper into the idea of sustainability which maintains the touch of aesthetics.

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15. Pineheath House

The residential development of this local historical landmark into twelve luxury apartments is to effortlessly showcase the restoration of Pineheath’s iconic facade. Yet an unbuilt work, this project of Townscape architects is set to be named one of the most prestigious Duchy Estates; featuring luxurious gardens for families and dense green surroundings for one to explore, the residents’ library and several high-end amenities add to the profile value of the building.

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This England-based architectural practice firm sets a benchmark, not just for the numerous many practices spread across the region but beyond its borders and farther. While following the laid-out doctrines of the discipline, they create new principles along the way of designing spaces and defining its qualities. The true essence of their originality, though, lies in their response to the context using modernized approaches fused with vernacular conceptualizations, all of which add not only to the character of the house, but also the user.

Pratik Mour
Author

A student in the discipline of Architecture, who ardors macabre art and as one with many words to speak, he favors the others alike. He is also a strong believer in the authority of Mother Nature and perhaps, also the kind who romances with the abstraction of the ordinary.

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