Architecton is an architectural practice based in Bristol working with historic and new buildings. We are particularly interested in how historically sensitive buildings and landscapes can be adapted to meet change, while maintaining the sense of their past.
Our approach attempts to draw out the qualities of existing contexts rather than to superimpose ideas. Starting from first principles, we analyse the history, significance, strategies and patterns of the place to determine direction for the new, finding careful and logical responses. We consider all the essential architectural qualities of line, scale, form, space, materials, textures and colour and ally this with an emphasis on the use of simple natural environmental processes to conserve energy, to create buildings that are expressive of their genesis and purpose, and of how they are put together. This involves thorough, collaborative discussions with clients and others to whom the projects matter. Using models and sketch drawings we ensure the fullest engagement and interaction are achieved throughout the design process. Skills in the technical aspects of conservation have been developed over the years, in projects of all sizes involving buildings, monuments and landscapes from ancient to recent. We see importance in the appropriate selection of repair details for the variety of demands involved with valuable historic fabric and archaeologically rich sites, including their visual implications. The practice can take schemes from brief and analysis, through design to working drawings and completed buildings. We aim to generate designs that reflect and encourage cultural and humane ambitions and values. Architecton wants them to be practical, rich and particular, to be enjoyable and rewarding for those developing the project and for those using the finished building.
Horton Court is finishing on site. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute recently opened to the public. The extension to Lyme Regis Museum was opened to the public in summer 2017. The Rural Life Museum was opened to the public in spring 2017. A scheme to rescue the Tolpuddle Former Chapel has recently received planning permission. The scheme to develop Kelmscott Manor is now at the planning stage.