Traditional Housing Typology: Siheyuan

A traditional housing form from China called siheyuan; without direct translation, it means something like ‘courtyard house’. It was most common in the north, in and around Beijing but was developed into a typology for many building uses, not just residential. It is a cluster of buildings around several courtyards always with north to the […]

Historic Housing Model: Hakka Rammed Earth Wall

This southern Chinese traditional house form is a circular protected village encompassed by a rammed earth wall normally 2, 3 or 4 storeys high with many families; in fact, the whole village living within. At some sites, these Hakka’s are in groups suggesting that, as the village population grows, new Hakka’s are built. Being fundamentally […]

Approaches to the Enclosure of Public Space

An exploration of the strength of enclosure vs. the looseness of puplic squares and piazzas. Starting with very simple shapes, we explore the expression of character and enclosure by changing the position of entry into the square and then distorting the form. With small alterations, a formal authoritarian space quickly becomes one which feels humanised, […]

Piazzas From Around the World

Communities focus themselves around piazzas which is why, on arriving at a new town or city, visitors gravitate towards such spaces, Traflagar Square, St Mark’s Square, Placa de Catalunya, Alexanderplatz etc. This is a study of the forms of several minor squares or piazzas from around the world. Note that most have an informal shape […]

Redmak Architecture + Urban Design’s first Passivhaus has just passed its air pressure testing!

We are proud to announce that our latest project just achieved an air tightness of 0.58m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa! What does this mean? A typical property of a Passivhaus is the airtight construction. Airtight construction ensures that the building envelop is draught free. This means that when the heating is turned on in a Passivhaus, the […]

Passivhaus Designs by Redmak Architecture + Urban Design

We are on our 4th Passivhaus and have built up a wealth of experience to tackle any design circumstances. Each of our Passivhaus designs have their own set of unique issues and characteristics which we will explore how they were resolved and became a fully-fledged building. Passivhaus no.1 – Modern new build Story: Our client […]

Pods [part 1]

How can we provide a quick and effective solution to provide housing in a booming population? Our solution is PODS. At 22 sqm, the goals of POD is to be Affordable, Sustainable, and made for easy-assembly. Targeted for one person, we’ve provided a kitchen/dining/living area in tandem with a multi-functional WC shower area that can […]

New Passive House Design

Redmak Architecture and Urban Design LLP have been busy with designing their latest Passive House project. The aims of a Passive house is to provide occupants with a high level of comfort whilst using little energy for heating and cooling. To achieve the Passive house standard in the UK, this typically involves: High levels of […]

Suffolk Housing Scheme

Suffolk housing scheme is a development of 300 environmentally friendly houses, using local public space tissue studies on which to base the layout to form: Village square Tapering streets Stable yard news Perimeter blocks Street trees “Walkable” urban block sizes. We have been blessed with the following testimonial from one of our treasured clients: “With […]