Openstudio is a London-based international architecture and design practice engaged with the design of buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes.
We help our clients to discover the potential of space and light to enrich everyday life, whether altering existing structures or creating new buildings and landscapes.
From the choice of materials to the details of furniture, we work closely with our clients to develop fluid, unselfconscious and enduring environments which are innovative, responsive and adaptive.
We create elegant, contemporary buildings and spaces which respond to the requirements of everyday life and also offer long term flexibility and adaptability.
Our approach emphasizes strategic planning, fluidity of space and the play of light, as well as the intelligent use of materials and sensitive detailing, in order to create architecture which is sustainable through its use of natural materials and longevity.
Little Venice apartment: In this refurbishment of a Victorian house the large sliding timber door can move to screen off the custom-designed timber kitchen from diners. Both the door and the kitchen are made from reclaimed teak hardwood and veneer. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid North House, Johannesburg: This courtyard house is designed to wrap around an existing camphor tree. The long colonnade with solid brick piers shades the timber glazing from the sun and provides protection from sudden thunderstorms. To the west, a partially roofed deck creates an outdoor room, over which the branches of an enormous jacaranda tree stretch. Photo: Tristan McLaren
South House, Johannesburg: In the paired North and South houses, rather than using light as a medium which evenly floods the interior spaces, the brightness of the African sun is tempered by sculpting and cutting into the materials of the building. Light is treated as a fundamental element of the architecture; walls and roofs are used to screen it and cut openings allow it to penetrate. The clarity of the light is reflected in simple surfaces and natural finishes. Photo: Tristan McLaren
South House, Johannesburg: Both the North and South houses are designed to fully integrate interior and exterior spaces, to form a series of rooms, both internal and external, which can be inhabited at different times of day. The shaded deck, with it’s pool of water is cool on a hot afternoon. Photo: Tristan McLaren
‘Le Cabinet’: This tiny studio flat, winner of Smallest Coolest Apartment 2007, has custom-designed joinery which opens and closes to reveal storage, a kitchen, and a study area, transforming from a white box to a coloured series of spaces within one room. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid
Bayswater House: The historic Grade II Listed house was restored and a series of contemporary inserts were added, so that the distinction between old and new is made clear. The new contemporary kitchen to the left of the photograph is played off against the original staircase and restored timber detailing. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid
Bayswater House: The children’s bedroom and play area is created in the top floor of the house, where each child has a separate staircase leading to their loft. The room can be divided into two at a later date should the children require separate rooms as they grow up. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid
Slide Apartment: A series of white matt lacquer scalloped door panels slide into and out of walls to open and close different spaces, depending on the requirements of the inhabitants. In this photograph, the doors close off the kitchen area from the living/dining room, when required. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid
Slide Apartment: The kitchen in the Slide Apartment is designed as a piece of furniture, and an integral part of the architecture. Handles are concealed and the base of the island unit is dark fumed oak to match the floor. A wall of full-height cupboards conceals the appliances and storage. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid
Slide Apartment: The material palette and colour of the apartment has been simplified so that only two colours predominate: pure white and the very dark brown of the fumed oak floor. The main bedroom opens onto a tiled bathroom, which leads directly to an outdoor terrace. Photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid