Wouldn’t it be great to live in a city like Copenhagen where, according to Jan Gehl, “every morning for 50 years we wake up and realize that today the city is a little bit better than yesterday.” You can say the same for much of Denmark.
Plans for our office trip to Villa Saraceno near Padua are shaping up. A quick internet search suggests that Palladio’s symmetric plan might have been subjected to radical value engineering, with only one of the two wings having been constructed. Or is there more to the stor(e)y?
We are delighted to confirm that NRAP have been selected at competitive interview as the architects for a Heritage Lottery Funded project at Clare Castle Country Park.
Our provocative proposal for an amphitheatre-cum-public toilet provides a unique vantage point from which to watch the city go by. Not only a highly functional set of WCs, but a new public forum; a deck to view the Cam, a vantage point, a soapbox for public debate, a place to rest, a destination for tourists. The Silver Street Steps has a certain ring to it….!
The renovation and extension of a small terraced house in the central conservation area of Cambridge is nearing completion.
We were delighted to learn that our scheme to extend a 1970′s house in Stapleford received planning permission last week.
Thank you to all those who helped make our party on Saturday so enjoyable, particularly the great jazz band, the Proper Pizza Company and of course the wonderful guests!
NRAP Architects is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated architect to join a growing team in Cambridge. The successful candidate will be a confident, self-motivated and articulate individual, with good all-round ability and the capacity to work creatively as part of a small team. We would expect prospective designers to have a broad skill-base and to demonstrate a high degree of passion and commitment. Experience of VectorWorks and BIM would be an advantage.
If you are a talented and passionate designer with an interest in helping the practice to grow, this would be the ideal opportunity for you. Please submit paper copies of your CV, including examples of your work to Richard Owers at:
NRAP Architects, 13-15 Covent Garden, Cambridge CB1 2HS
Application to arrive no later than 21st December 2016.
You know things have gone well when the client puts an image of the building on a CAKE! #bakeoffeatyourheartout
Here is a link to the complete catalogue of photos from the opening party at Blacktrace.
Job satisfaction works on many levels, but nothing beats the gratification of witnessing a large organisation responding positively to a finished project. Happy faces and warm words received from our client at the opening party last Monday were uplifting. Blacktrace is an extraordinary business, and an inspiring client; it was that combination and the previous experience of building a house for the founding partner, Mark Gilligan, that has added to the success of the project for their headquarters in a transformed industrial unit in Royston. The entire project – from concept to moving in – took under five months, and was completed on budget.
A big part of creating a decent working environment is the provision of well-considered social and non-desk space to encourage social interaction and the sharing of ideas. Blacktrace instinctively recognise the benefits of such spaces and were supportive of our somewhat radical concept of placing an open theatre in the middle of the office.
Architects are only ever as good as their clients, so thank you Mark and your team for being magnificent. It was a privilege to have been part of the development and we are looking forward to phase II starting in the new year.