London garden flat completed by Ian O'Brien

The final touches have been completed in the garden to complement our project to extend and refurbish this garden flat in Hammersmith and Fulham district in London. The extension was designed to create a feeling of being in the garden while indoors and has transformed a dark and oppressive interior into something filled with light but private and restorative. The sloping plan form makes space for the cherry tree and an up-and-over frameless window and roof light capture the full height of the mature birch from the sitting room. Seat height window sills extend to form a timber bench on the outside of the building and the corner windows slide into pockets in the wall to seamlessly connect inside and out for lazy summer days and meals in the garden.

Scottish steading nearing completion by Ian O'Brien

Our project to create a new building within the ruined walls of a stone steading is nearing completion. The new steading is clad in rugged, wide oak boards that will silver down to complement the adjacent stone holiday home. The steading will provide additional daytime accommodation for the family where they can keep cosy by the log stove and enjoy the expansive views of mountain, loch and glen.

Kenington house remodelling completed by Ian O'Brien

This summer has seen the completion of our refurbishment and extension to a listed terraced house built in the early 20th century by the Duchy of Cornwall with the aim of improving living standards and providing a model for low cost workers' housing in London.  The remodelling works have resolved a previously complex and clumsy, faceted ground floor plan into an open and flowing sequence of spaces, filled with light and with a strong relationship to the garden. The previously unused roof space has been brought to life, creating a flexible studio space/guest bedroom organised around the cleaned-up central brick chimney stack.


Competition winners! by Ian O'Brien

Ian O'Brien Studio was today announced as the winner of an open, international design competition for a music venue in Leap, Ireland.  Congratulations to the team:  Enrique, Oliver and Ian.  Click on any of the images to view the winning entry at:


Signet Hill completed by Ian O'Brien

The Ian O'Brien Studio team and Lesley Cotton (landscape architect) on a visit to our recently completed houses at Signet Hill Farm, Burford for contractor Savvy Construction and developer Chesside Homes.  Well done to project architect Enrique Garcia.

Out of the ground by Ian O'Brien

Foundations and ground floor structures are complete on our new housing project for developer, Savvy Construction in the North Oxfordshire village of Fritwell.  Blockwork is almost complete to soleplate level, ready for the imminent arrival of the timber frames .