Tea with an ARCH-angel Architect

During Artists Open Houses festival we will be running our ‘Tea with an Architect’ event. We invite you to come and discuss how to create your dream home with the ARCH-angels team. Consultation is by donation in support of “Brighton Voices in Exile” a local charity that helps refugees who have no access to funding.

Book your hour slot and come along to Brighton and Hove’s Progressive Synagogue with ideas!

Running every Sunday between 11am and 3pm during the AOH Festival in May. Book at: www.architectstea.eventbrite.co.uk 

Hurry as spaces are limited!
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Refurbishment of a Brighton home

A Sustainable & Contemporary Refurbishment


The Brief

This internal renovation was needed after this end of terrace house in Brighton had been subject to previous unsuccessful extension works. At ground floor a former rear extension had turned the rooms dark and disconnected. The owners wanted to create an open plan living/kitchen/dining space with a seamless transition into the garden. The first-floor accommodation needed to be rearranged to provide an en-suite shower room to the front bedroom and reposition the existing family bathroom. The loft had also been converted with an access staircase in the centre, dividing the room inconveniently through the middle. The owners wanted to extend this space and create a master bedroom suite with roof lights to the front and dormers to the rear. The brief was to rearrange the layout of the house, to maximise its useable space and light.

The Detail

ARCH-angels Architects needed to rearrange the layout of the house, to maximise its useable space and light. At ground floor, they enlarged existing openings between rooms and added roof lights, transforming the space into a dual aspect living/kitchen/dining room, flooded with natural light. A new entrance foyer and shower room were also added at ground floor level. At first floor the staircase to the loft was re-positioned over the existing staircase and a new dormer extension built to create a new spacious master bedroom. This was carried out under Permitted Development to enable to works to be on site sooner – important for the client as they were keen to carry out the works whilst they had funds to do so. The en-suite bathroom layout makes the most of the space under the pitched roof and addition of roof-lights adapts a space that otherwise would be unusable.

To ensure the build was sustainable ARCH-angels used low maintenance and durable materials throughout the build. Ensuring high levels of natural insulation were used they could be sure the fabric of the property would retain heat and allow natural ventilation. The architects researched and specified energy efficient light fittings and lamps, used environmentally friendly paints throughout and fitted low flush toilets in the en-suite and family bathroom.

There was an excellent working relationship between client and architect, with an emphasis on collaborative working. The clients were very much hands on and responsive when asked about changes or confirmation of materials and finishes etc.

The attention to detail in this project transformed a tired house lacking in flow to a unique home full of space and light. The project was delivered on time and on budget to a very happy client. The finished house is light, warm and spacious which allows the owners to experience seamless open plan living in this wonderful remodel of a family home.


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Award Winning Design

Eco House of the Future – Award Winning Design

We are happy to announce our Paragraph 55 Eco House of the future has won Paper Landscape award for unbuilt projects in the prestigious Society of Garden Designers Awards 2016. 

Landscape Designer, Dan Lobb worked with ARCH-angels Architects on this futuristic Eco Home – A scheme 6 years in the making and conceived of by ARCH-angels Architects as a blueprint for the ‘country house of the future’, was granted planning permission at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate. Judging the design of the cutting edge eco home as ‘Architecturally outstanding’, Inspector L Gibbons has granted permission in accordance with Paragraph 55 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Submitted for the award by Landscape Designer Dan Lobb Design MSGD who worked closely with ARCH-angels to blend the landscape and architecture seamlessly.

Read more about the architectural design Wishanger Eco House

What the judges say:

A design that seamlessly blends the landscape with the architecture in a sensitive very beautiful way.  An extremely accomplished piece of work that shows great sensitivity to the landscape.

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Christmas Closure

We are closing the studio from 23rd December 2016 and will be returning on

Season’s Greetings and wishing you all a prosperous 2017.

If you have any enquiries please do email info@aaarchitects.co.uk

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ARCH-angels Compact Challenge

Feature in Portfolio Magazine October 2016 ARCH-angels Portfolio article

ARCH-angels: Compact Challenge

The challenge: The internal and external renovation of a compact three- bedroom, three-storey, mid-terrace period property in Margaret Street, Brighton. ARCH-Angels architects take us through the project

The Brief:

ARCH-angels compact challenge saw an internal and external renovation of a compact three-bedroom, three storey, mid- terrace period property, including new services, windows, patio sliding doors, internal and external redecoration. The brief was to bring light down into the basement kitchen/dining area, which was a dark, compact space. The client also required the provision of a mini-utility room at the rear of the kitchen with a WC.

The interior scheme had to create open light spaces whilst simultaneously providing a lot of bespoke storage. We needed to open up the ground floor as one through-space and improve the connection to the rear patio area through full-height sliding windows. In order for this compact space to work as a home, we had to provide contemporary-style storage to the bedrooms and bathrooms, along with a coat cupboard near the front entrance door that also contains shoes and a mirror. This was achieved through designing the storage to be read as part of the walls with no visible hardware.

The detail:

The coat cupboard, for example, floats above the ground. It is painted out to match the surrounding walls, with a large mirrored panel door to both expand views of the internal room and bounce reflected light around. In this way the cupboard virtually disappears into the wall behind it.

“The overall finish was only achieved by some creative thinking regarding how to maximise every millimetre in the house”

The single bedroom upstairs had to provide a single bed, a wardrobe and a display area. This was achieved by designing the wardrobe to double up as a headboard for the bed, provide a niche for displaying objects and housing a reading lamp whilst also creating an area of hidden storage behind the bed.

Bringing the feeling of light and space was achieved by designing the stair to the basement in a way that borrows light from the ground floor living area through a glass panel in the stair wall. An existing light well was reclaimed, bringing a sense of space and light to a basement kitchen. A small utility area and WC were created next to this area, using pocket doors and cleverly thought-out storage. The rear of the property was opened out to an existing rear terrace by the incorporation of new sliding, glazed doors. Such features allow the house to be flooded with natural light, while the use of neutral decor allows the internal living space to feel fresh and spacious. By using LED lighting and finishing walls with Farrow & Ball paint, a perfect living area for both entertaining and relaxing was created.

Not only was the house compact, but access to the house was limited. Set in an urban environment, within a conservation area, with limited parking and no front gardens, the builders had a challenge on their hands! Getting materials delivered was, at times, problematic and getting the materials into the house could be a struggle.

The overall finish was only achieved by some creative thinking regarding how to maximise every millimetre in the house. Unused fireplaces and chimney breasts were removed internally, but the stack had to be kept external as the house is within a conservation area. Beams were spliced and hidden within the floor zones and were designed to be as small a possible whilst still complying with regulations, both in terms of strength/loading and health and safety (handling).

Compact sanitary ware was used throughout to ensure space was not wasted without compromising on comfort and usability. Existing drainage connections were upgraded and gulley repositioned. Existing sash windows were overhauled and some were replaced entirely to ensure no draughts or leaks. A new, integrated fire alarm system was installed to ensure the safety of the occupiers within the 4-storey house, which has a stair open to the living space and entrance level at ground floor.

Site management was exemplary, given the challenges faced: limited space, no parking, no skip licences, coupled with a deadline set by the client. Working relationships were good, as was communication with the whole team. The clients were very much hands-on and responsive when asked about changes or confirmation of materials, finishes and the like. The project did overrun a little, but this was acknowledged in advance when it became apparent that the challenge of the site limitations had begun to slow progress. Given the quality of the finish and space created, this was soon forgotten about as the clients began to enjoy and realise the full potential of their dream home.

Client Testimonial

“What to do with the ordinary – turn it into the extraordinary. If you’re thinking of refurbishing a property and want to maximise its potential, then using a good team of architects, as we did, makes all the difference. They were able to guide us through the unknown in a calm and positive manner.

Richard Zinzan, Co-owner/Director of ARCH-angels Architects took our brief and shared our vision to transform an airless basement kitchen and other dark spaces into a light, spacious home for our family.
One dated bathroom of average size was transformed into two 21st century shower rooms, complete with bespoke fitted storage.

Green space from outdoors was brought into the living area by adding glass sliding doors – an entirely different perspective on a tiny yard. When lit at night, the Sussex flint wall is transformed into a work of art infused with light and shade.

By taking the clutter of everyday living and designing bespoke storage around our needs, Rachael Pigg, architect and interior designer, enabled us to organise and bring order and calmness to all rooms.

Pete Sonntag, as project leader, was always there to answer queries and help us navigate through important decision-making processes. Sounds like magic but by sharing your vision with the ARCH-angel’s team your dream spaces are possible. They will challenge and extend your vision to its limits.

Although it was tough whilst the work was being done, do try to enjoy the journey as we did and know that it will all be forgotten once you are living in and enjoying your new spaces.”

Janet Bentley

Create your dream home: Contact ARCH-angels Architects Ltd
3 Dorset Place , Brighton BN2 1ST
01273 267 184 | www.aaarchitects.co.uk | Twitter: @ArchAngelsBton

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ZST architects End of Summer Party

Who are ZST architects?

Our Sister Company, ZST architects that specialises in commercial Architecture and was formed when Nick Stickland joined forces with ARCH-angels Directors, Nicola Thomas and Richard Zinzan. ZSTa held its End of Summer Party last Friday for their clients and contractors and it was a wonderful evening filled with laughter, Gin and interesting conversations with like-minded people. We also enjoyed a fantastic interactive workshop for our #Bright50 social media campaign, making people think of bright ideas to make our city better through regeneration.

Read more about the ideas the guests came up with and see some images of our giant Brighton and Hove map on the new Bright Future page of the ZSTa website.

Thanks to Gin and Bear it for supplying a steady flow of award-winning alcohol from Brighton GinBolney wine and Brighton Bier. A further thank you to the University of Brighton for the use of their venue and wonderful catering, Latest TV for the fantastic short film showcasing ZSTa and of course the colourful Katariina of Light trick photography for capturing the night as it unfolded.  for more information visit http://lighttrick.co.uk/commercial-photography-3/

We have some photos from the evening below. You are also able to view our video to discover more about ZST architects and their fields of work. 

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Progress on Ovingdean New Family Home

Discreet Family Home

Keeping your project on track through the Winter can be a difficult task. Our Ovingdean new dwelling project was certainly no exception. After some terrible wet weather, we are now making fantastic progress on the site of this discreet family home and sunken garden in Ovingdean.

After this initial delay the project is now back on track with a new completion date expected in October. A recent site visit showed the progress of this family home that sits in the existing read garden of our client and is being built for his son, daughter in Law and their growing family.

From road level all that will be seen is a modest entrance pod and vehicle access gates. The proposed living roof of locally relevant meadow grass will allow the property to blend into the site between retained hedges both sides of the plot.  To the rear of the property the large family room will open out to a new terrace with steps descending down to a sunken garden.


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Artists Open Houses Installation

Don’t Stand Behind the Line

We have now reached the end of our fourth weekend of opening Richard’s Eco renovated house for the Artists Open Houses festival and it’s time to reflect before we start on the final weekend.

When we signed up to be the Headline Sponsor for Artists Open Houses we were excited to be part of such a prominent and growing festival in Brighton. We wanted to extend our involvement past that of just a sponsor so we decided to open up Richard’s house to display the art work from the Architects in our studio called ‘Architects Art. Being a creative bunch we didn’t want to stop there and felt the festival needed a bit of interaction too.

Originally conceived to add a new and exciting element to the festival we decided to do the tape installation because architects and interior designers by their very nature create a physical space for people to occupy and experience on many levels. Despite this, we have become spectators of architecture and design by observing it in a 2D format in magazines or on television. We wanted to invite visitors to our Open House to become involved in the transformation of space in a physical way. Step over the “Stand Behind the Line” tape and explore and engage with the design of a space. We imagined the space to be a 3d interior decoration but what we have discovered has been so much more.

We have seen the space develop into an individual expression of personality with some intricate pieces that required great skill and concentration in their creation. We saw this theme starting to develop during the Artists Open Houses Launch party and the old Market in April. People were focusing on bespoke pieces and enjoying the interaction between the art and the space. We knew from that night that the concept had developed and that what we would see would be far more exciting than what we had initially conceived.

Black not White

During Weekend one of the festival we used Black tape on a white painted and boxed out room. This created a bold and striking foundation for the weeks to come. The first visitor drew a window and this was followed by a table with some flowers, we thought we may see the creation of interiors after all! Baby Cat –  Richards 20-Year-old cat –  then seemed to inspire our visitors and Fliss and Rudy were born, these were the first two cats to what has now become quite a Clowder! We were also impressed with the detail behind the portrait of Taka, The Seagull and a Leicester group who created a fox and were wishing for The Foxes to win the Premiership league – The installation room clearly brings good luck!

The second week we added Yellow to the installation and were impressed with the interaction the visitors had with the black tape. Most worked with what was already on the canvas, adding colourful wings to a black butterfly, making the lobster yellow and adding wine to the wine glass! We also saw a beautiful sunshine rise over the Black seagull, a wonderful pineapple and yellow paint spill from the black paint can.

During weekend three we introduced Red tape. We had further interaction with the existing art and also an array of wonderful additions. A perfect spiders web with resident spider, another lobster and a powerful statement from Reverend McTernan “Acceptance”

Don’t be Blue its not over yet!

Moving into the Blue weekend we were running out of space and excited to see how our visitors used the blue tape, we were certainly not disappointed. An underwater scene with a distressed fish, a philosophical Snoopy, the beautiful Pavilion, a blue giraffe, The Eiffel Tower and another poignant statement “Do what you love” We also saw visitors create and get tangled in a web constructed across the room that was then dismantled by another visitor, allowing access to be regained!

During the final 3-day weekend we will be using Green Tape to finish off the interactive installation “Don’t Stand Behind the Line”. We have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback and number of visitors. Not only have they been amazing in taking part in our installation they have also viewed and loved our Architects Art and enjoyed the Tea and cakes for the worthwhile Sussex Night stop charity.

750 visitors have already passed through our doors over the four weekends and we are excited to see how many more want to attend on the last weekend to see, eat and stick! The whole 5 weekends will be shown as a time-lapse video and photos will be available to view on our website so watch this space!

Please view last weekends time-lapse below and look through the creations!

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Artists Open Houses

We are now three weekends into our ARCH-angels Art House opening for Artists Open Houses festival throughout May.

We are displaying art work by five of our Architects all in an Eco-renovated house done by ARCH-angels Architects. We also have cake sales for Sussex Night Stop charity and the interactive art installation. Its a house catering for all ages and interests and with over 600 visitors walking out with a smile on their faces we are confident it is being enjoyed by all!

Opening up a house for the Artists Open Houses festival is a wonderful experience. It gives you a unique opportunity to meet so many interesting people you would not normally cross paths with. We have had such great feedback about the art work, the Eco-renovation house and the installation room, it really makes it all worthwhile. The installation was initially thought up to create a 3d interior in a room but we have seen it develop into more of a personal expression and we are really enjoying the direction it has taken. We still have two more weekends so please do come down and add to the developing live art work of “Don’t stand behind the line” installation.

We are No12 on the Kemptown Trail and next weekend we will be using Blue tape to add to this ever-growing installation. Please follow us on Twitter @ARCHangelsBTON and remember to #installation #Architectsart and #kidscompetition


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