Today, I will introduce you to the projects of Fuse Architects Inc. We live in an era where information is produced rapidly and circulating at the same speed. In the face of changing dynamics, our yesterday, today and tomorrow easily become a distant past. In this accelerating dynamic, I will interpret our fictional coordinates that form the basis of building designs and examine the concept of functionality meeting today with nature, people, and society. Let me talk a little bit about the company Fuse Architects, which adds the value of modernity to our lives today. Fuse Architects Company, which was founded in London-England in 2018, specializes in architecture, planning applications, and design; is a company with residential, mixed-use, and cultural projects.

1. CHILTON GROVE, SOUTHWARK

The building has been redesigned as a two-storey rooftop extension, which provides interaction between individuals, aims to offer a healthy life to its residents by sheltering common areas, creating a new and developing residential units of London Municipality, instead of demolishing the building and building a new one, responding to the needs by renovating the building. These additions, designed by the British Architecture company Fuse Architects, will take place in Southwark. The purpose of adding a floor to the building, which is planned as 44 residential housing campuses, is to add new living spaces to the existing ones at a low cost. Combining modern architecture with daily life, this building will bring a new breath to the streets of Southwark.

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2. LIMPSFIELD ROAD, CROYDON

Limpsfield Road residential dwelling structure, which is a design far from the modernization and vertical articulation approach of today’s world, aims to unite the human relationship with nature. Thanks to the balconies positioned in the interior with the occupancy-space relationship; It forms integrity with the brown brick coated facade and black transom window systems. This building, which stands out with its minimalist facade design, entered our lives with 19 unit flatten blocks and 6 private garden houses. Recreation areas were redesigned and opened to the use of homeowners as mixed-use.

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3. ESSEX CLOSE, WALTHAM FOREST

This building, which was started in 2019 in Waltham Forest, seems to attract attention with its minimalist appearance. The blocks, designed as a sharp geometric form, were planned as 20 dwelling residential and the former garage area on the existing land; social space is tried to be brought to life as existing property owners and private housing areas. The building, which is covered with pinkish bricks including the facade and roof, seems to have added mobility to the facade with the balcony outlets. The core parts of the building consist of corridors connecting the masses. It looks like it will allow you to feel the landscape area inside the house thanks to its flat glass openings; preparing to move nature into your home.

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4. BENSHAM LANE, CROYDON

This land in Croydon, where commercial buildings are available, has been started as a result of the demolition of trade buildings with the Fuse Architects team and the exchange of ideas with customers for 20 residential dwelling projects. With the set-back applied in the masses, the land has been re-renovated with modern windows and facade improvements in an effort to reflect the character of the land to human perception.

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5. FACTORY YARD, EALING

In order to develop the industrial site used as an engraving factory in the existing land, a total of 9 apartments were planned to expand the usage areas of the land and to emphasize the dominance of the area. As a result of the effort to create a modern and sense of belonging in the local + collective context, the internal balconies on the facade seem to be designed with the emphasis on creating both private property (privacy) and semi-public space.

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6. RATCLIFFE CROSS STREET, TOWER HAMLETS

This 6-storey building, consisting of 77 residential units in Tower Hamlets, offers a qualified example to the surrounding buildings with its integrated floor gardens and the use of natural materials. The building, which is located in a location with metro transportation around, develops a fiction from the beginning. Designing the building according to the occupancy principle, the Fuse Architects team supported this principle with its integrated floor gardens. The floors protruding as balconies in the mass are connected to each other with horizontal glass railing and separating panels, resulting in a rigid appearance. Thus, the structure was provided to be intertwined with the sun and a living facade was obtained thanks to the plants.

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7. RYLANDS, BASILDON

The application continues with a mixed-use plan from 2018 until today, with the collaboration of Engie and Fuse Architects, with 30 residential and ground floor commercial areas. The existing hostel is demolished and reconstructed with a 4-storey building and landscape arrangements. With the nature-friendly design, balcony outlets on the facade are integrated into the landscape. The black facade of the building, the main facade of which is brick, vertical black frames and the console floor of the balcony looks integrated with each other in terms of design. A fresh image was obtained with intense landscape arrangement.

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8. PARK THEATRE CAFE BAR, FINSBURY PARK

The award-winning Park Theater was formerly used as an office and cultural space. With the new restructuring process in 2010, the cafe/bar is an auditorium theater center designed as a place with a rehearsal area. Inside, there is a space permeability, an atrium created on the core axle, and inclined glass panels that bring daylight to the interior. Steel construction-oriented interior design refers to the architecture of modernism with its electrical-mechanical systems being visible in the ceiling.

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9. LOAMPIT HILL, LEWISHAM

Developed in partnership with The Brockley Society and Gray Griffiths Architects and Fuse Architects, this project is a mixed-use project consisting of 9 residential units and ground floor offices. Designed with the use of contemporary bricks, the building is located in the area intersecting the railway line and the main road. Creative design has been signed with contemporary architecture and local elements. With the perforated bricks used in the facade and long windows, minimal mobility was added to the facade; it served as an outdoor painting and brought the character to the home.

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10. LEADEN HILL, CROYDON

In order to revive the gateway to Coulsdon city center, the existing trade units were increased and re-planned as 75 residences + commerce. It is aimed to provide affordable housing for 50% of this development. With its brick cladding, black plate windows and landscaping continuing along the road axis, the transition between the blocks stands out with contemporary balconies.

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11. EDGWARE ROAD, COLINDALE

The potential expansion decision of Edgware Road is the basic strategy of this design. In order to turn the Barnet road into an urban transition corridor, the construction of the site, which includes 71 residential settlements in the region, has been started by supporting employment, residences, and retail areas in this region. Considering the occupancy-space principle, the building, which is considered as gradual transitions from indoor balconies to open balconies, seems to be designed as a form that transforms into green terraces on the intermediate floors and creates its publicity with the inner courtyard. Site design privacy, semi-public space, and its gradualization to publicity emphasize the mechanization effort of the Barnet road.

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12. LINGFIELD LODGE, EAST GRINSTEAD

Fuse Architects worked with Eldon Homes and Engie to give the start of the extra care 48 homes project. For patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases, it is aimed to be a part of the design made by preserving the existing trees in the design of the structure. London Road and Newlands Crescent roads are planned to have 2 main entrances, one for vehicles and one for pedestrian entrances. The building, which is planned to use natural materials such as brick and wood on the facade, seems to make its guests come with a hipped roof to feel like they are at home. It assumed the role of being the link between the atrium and the green and the sky formed in the front facade. Landscape arrangements are supported in common areas with vertical openings.

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13. ADDISCOMBE GROVE, CROYDON

78 residential housing projects built between 2014-2017 are located in the center of Croydon. The project, carried out in collaboration with Croydon Municipality, was designed to emphasize Croydon restructuring and the local context. These masses, which are reminiscent of vertical frames on the facade and designed as an incomplete opening on the roof, are surrounded by glass by adding the facade opening covered with brick coatings that minimize the existing facade opening to the stairwell. Is it to minimize the use of sunlight in the house, a circulation area integrated with the bright-outdoor space, or the frame positioned on the roof as a shape for the design? Which one is your choice for a more functional living space!

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14. LAMB WALK, SOUTHWARK

The Lamb Walk structure, designed for the London square in Bermondsey, was designed by making tonsurton with brick veneers on the facade. The opaque frames with vertical glass stripes created on the inner balconies are used both as a sunscreen and to give the structure a rigid appearance. The ground floor frame of the building, whose entrance floors are used as shops, is a part of this design. By building 29 residential dwellings in total, this building integrated into the daily life of the city and fully accessible has brought color to the streets of Southwark.

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15. BLAGDON ROAD, NEW MALDEN

Fuse Architects started the construction of this building in 2018. The parking lot located on the existing land has planned 90 residential settlements on the upper floors of the retailers, making the commercially used land mixed-use. Thus, New Malden has opened its streets for development in terms of transportation, employment and trade. It is aimed to provide integrity with the brick coverings used in the facade and neighboring structures in the side parcels. The sharp-edged structure design is accentuated with semi-open balconies and reflective strip windows.

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Author

Özgü, born in 1994 in Turkey. While studying her undergraduate education with full scholarship in Altınbaş University, she aimed to improve herself in both theory and practice by working in various architectural offices and construction sites. Athabasca University and in Turkey, she participated in a variety of architectural education.

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