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Company NameAqua Architecture
Company Address163A Studland Road
London W7 3QY
United Kingdom
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NameYasin Bal
Job TitleArchitectural Designer
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    Buildings such as houses, flats and apartments that are used for sheltering people. These could be either part of the private or public sector and could be individual dwellings or multi-dwelling developments. Social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to specified eligible households whose needs are not met by the market are included.
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Name of organisation entering the Awards (if different from above)Aqua Architecture
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Project/Product Name (written how it should appear)Orchard House Apartmens
Project Address5A, Woodlands Road
London BR1 2AD
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Client NameRobert Dickman
Designer/Architect NameAlia Beyg
Contractor NameKent Construction Group
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Welcome to the captivating Arts and Crafts Butterfly House, a one-of-a-kind residence nestled in the heart of Bromley, London. This architectural gem, with its distinctive butterfly shape, is a testament to the harmonious convergence of artistic expression, sustainability, mindfulness, and clever design within a conservation area.

The Arts and Crafts Butterfly House isn't just a dwelling; it's a work of art that seamlessly blends into its natural surroundings. The butterfly wings, gracefully stretching out, symbolize a commitment to organic architecture and a deep connection to the environment. The exterior is a canvas of sustainable features, with discreetly integrated sustainable design principles that contribute to eco-friendly living.

As you approach this unique abode, the lush greenery surrounding the house sets the stage for a holistic living experience. Sustainability is not just a design choice; it's a lifestyle embraced at every corner of the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House. The thoughtful use of recycled and repurposed materials throughout the interior underscores a commitment to reducing environmental impact. From the reclaimed wood flooring to the upcycled furniture, every element tells a story of mindful living.

Step inside, and you'll find yourself immersed in an environment designed to evoke mindfulness and creativity. The open layout of the house invites an abundance of natural light, creating a serene and uplifting atmosphere. Large windows strategically placed throughout the butterfly wings provide panoramic views of the surrounding greenery, fostering a sense of connection with nature.

The living spaces are a showcase of sustainable design principles. The walls are adorned with low-VOC paint, contributing to indoor air quality, and energy-efficient LED lighting illuminates the rooms. The butterfly shape of the house isn't just for aesthetics; it facilitates passive ventilation, allowing for a constant flow of fresh air and minimizing the need for artificial climate control.

A key feature of the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House is the dedicated arts and crafts studio. Bathed in natural light streaming through carefully positioned windows, this space is a haven for creative pursuits. The studio is equipped with sustainable art supplies and materials, aligning with the commitment to eco-friendly living. Here, residents can immerse themselves in the joy of artistic expression, fostering a sense of mindfulness and relaxation.

The butterfly wings also serve a practical purpose in creating outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate with the interior. Decks and patios extend from the wings, providing residents with private outdoor retreats surrounded by the beauty of the carefully landscaped gardens. Native plants and drought-resistant landscaping not only contribute to the aesthetics but also support local biodiversity and water conservation efforts.

In the heart of Bromley, the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House stands as a beacon of sustainable living, artistic inspiration, and clever design within a conservation area. It is a home where the principles of mindfulness and creativity converge with eco-friendly design. As of the completion on the 12th of July 2023, the Arts and Crafts Butterfly House invites you to a residence that goes beyond the ordinary, inviting you to spread your wings and embrace a life of mindful creativity amidst the clever design within this cherished conservation area.

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In crafting our architectural narrative, the "Sustainable Elegance" chapter unfolds as a symphony of purposeful material choices, each resonating with a unique rationale. Our preference for contemporary brick solutions for exteriors transcends mere aesthetics; it finds its roots in a conscientious effort to harmonize with the conservation area that surrounds the project. The warm hues and textured surfaces of these bricks not only pay homage to the timeless charm of the locale but also seamlessly integrate the structure within its historical context, fostering a sense of harmony and continuity.
Delving into the interiors, the careful selection of sustainably sourced timber elements becomes a testament to our commitment to environmental responsibility. Beyond their intrinsic beauty, these timber pieces are chosen for their low environmental impact, aligning with our broader goal of sustainable construction practices. Each plank narrates a story of responsible material resourcing, adding not just visual richness to the spaces but an ethical dimension to our design philosophy.

Simultaneously, our embrace of expansive glass elements isn't merely about capturing natural light; it's a conscious decision rooted in sustainability. By strategically positioning these contemporary glass installations, we seek to optimize energy efficiency, reducing our reliance on artificial lighting. This approach not only aligns with sustainable design principles but also establishes a dynamic relationship between the built environment and the natural world, fostering a sense of environmental interconnectedness.

In essence, our material choices go beyond mere functionality; they embody a thoughtful dialogue between tradition, sustainability, and contemporary elegance. This chapter stands as a testament to our dedication to creating spaces that not only respect historical contexts but also actively contribute to a more sustainable and harmonious architectural future.


Woven into our architectural narrative, the pivotal theme of Access to Nature takes center stage in a sustainable chapter where biophilic principles guide our design to enhance occupant well-being. Recognizing humanity's intrinsic connection to nature, our spaces are meticulously curated to integrate sustainable biophilic elements. This unfolds through strategic greenery, the use of locally sourced and recycled materials, and the creation of visually open spaces, all aimed at fostering a profound connection with the natural environment while minimizing our ecological footprint. Prioritizing the transformative power of light, our architecture ensures well-illuminated spaces through the strategic placement of energy-efficient windows, skylights, and the thoughtful integration of recycled glass elements, not only illuminating interiors but also inspiring and motivating occupants sustainably. Further enhancing the occupant experience, we optimize temperature and ventilation, understanding that sustainable climate comfort is integral to a distraction-free environment. Through energy-efficient and sustainably sourced ventilation systems and climate control mechanisms, we harmonize temperature and airflow to create conditions conducive to focus, productivity, and overall well-being. In essence, this chapter stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to enriching the human experience by seamlessly weaving biophilia, natural light, and optimal sustainable climate conditions into the fabric of our architectural vision.

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