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w: www.roberthirschfield.com

e: studio@roberthirschfield.com

t: O2O 7435 6O39


Of all forms of art, architecture offers man the

answers to his immediate and legitimate everyday

needs. It is a framework of life and practising it allows

us to design whilst respecting the natural world and

the place of man within it.

Robert Hirschfield Architects is interested in

the aesthetic and functionality of materials, of

maximising the light and volume within the spaces

we create, and to provide imaginative and costeffective

solutions to the challenges presented by

every brief.

We are an innovative architectural practice and we

will bring our knowledge of structure and form to

explore your project. We would like to re-tell the

story, re-interpret the site and re-visualise the

uniqueness of the design.

www.roberthirschfield.com


About RHA

At Robert Hirschfield Architects, we enjoy architecture

because it presents us with opportunities for problem

solving, and expressing our own visual style towards

resolving challenges.

It is a fascinating complex art embracing form and

function, symbol and social purpose, technique and belief,

acknowledging that designs may be diverse, potent and

expressive but always dynamic in their response to use.

Right: Design based on creative

thinking and rigorous analysis

Bottom-left: Committed to

design quality

Bottom-right: Our projects

respond to their context

We also enjoy mentoring and recognise the importance

of teamwork in practice throughout the many stages of a

project.


Design Approach

The practice has established a diverse portfolio working

with private residential clients and gallery owners as well as

undertaken several installation based projects.

Each of our projects is unique, tailored to brief, budget

and location. Our design philosophy is to treat each project

as a response to the client’s aspirations and end-user

requirements.

In preference to a house ‘style’, RHA has a clear ‘philosophy’

that expresses a shared approach to design. We aim to

achieve a unique and appropriate solution for each project,

inspired by the site, brief and client.

Right: Architecture as a

framework of life

Below: Designs may be

diverse, potent and expressive

but always dynamic in their

response to use and space

© Matt Clayton

Guided by this philosophy, we approach design with

intellectual rigour and passion, to produce spaces and ideas

that are eminently practical and emotionally uplifting.


Light and Volume

Architecture cannot exist without light; without it there is

nothing to see. On the other hand, volume and surface are

the characteristics through which architecture is revealed

and are instrumental in animating light.

These two defining elements are how we experience

architecture and are therefore fundamental in our approach

to design. Together they manifest themselves in why we

consider spaces to be journeys, both in terms of what one

sees and how you move through it as well as the surprises

you experience along the way.

Right: The eye is drawn upwards into

a light-filled triple height void

Bottom-left: Horizontal lines of porosity

give glimpses of spaces beyond

Bottom-right: A series of walnut clad

balconies transcend the heart of this

scheme

© David Grandorge


Materials and Textures

A subtle difference in material or finish can alter the

impression or perception of a design. We understand

how and why it is important to choose certain textures

and materials in order to communicate and establish the

project’s individuality, identity and user experience. Our

recommendations and selection of finishes are specific to

each design and contribute a visual and tactile integrity to the

overall effect.

Right and below: These images are

from a project entitled ‘Soul’ where

we worked alongside the artist David

Breuer-Weil. The sculpture, executed

in polished steel, represents the globe

as a single human form in which man

and the world become one.


Colour

Colour is an expressive element in architectural design

and can be used to emphasise the character of a building

and create harmony and unity, or it can be deliberately

contrasting to enliven or emphasise. It can also affect the

way in which people respond to their surroundings and

enhance a mood of calm or elation.

Right: The culture of travel and discovery

can create deeply personal spaces

Below: The energy of colour gives

interiors a vibrancy and intensity

Warm and cold colours play an important role in our lives and

express very different moods and emotions. We experience

them in the variations of daylight from morning to evening.


Kitchens

If the home is a “machine for living”, then the kitchen is its

engine. Kitchens not only need to be functional but also

comfortable and sophisticated gathering places where

food preparation and service can be an integral part of

entertaining guests.

Right: Simple design can often be the

most elegant

Below: A good kitchen is also an

ergonomic space

© David Grandorge / Matt Clayton


Furniture and Storage

‘A place for everything and everything in it’s place’.

Where possible, we seek to incorporate built-in furniture

and storage within our projects which can provide functional

and at times playful ideas and offer colourful, interesting

and innovative solutions in which the simplest and fewest

elements are used to create the maximum effect.

Right: Consideration is given to how

furniture and storage might be used

Below: Detailing and materiality are

considered in tandem

© David Grandorge


Bathrooms

If the home is a “machine for living”, then the bathroom is

its soul. Bathrooms can sometimes be utilitarian spaces but

given the opportunity they can also be a sanctuary or a spa

that reflects the client’s individuality, meeting their personal

needs and greatly enhancing their experience of every day

living.

Right: Sophisticated fixtures and fittings

can give the bathroom a luxurious

quality

Bottom-left: Bathrooms are designed

to be calm and relaxing

© David Grandorge / Matt Clayton


Light and Lighting

Our attitude towards light and lighting recognises that

architecture is dramatically illuminated through the handling

of light itself and in its capacity to visualise a wide range of

beliefs and values that could not be expressed with material

form.

Where possible natural light is a fundamental element of our

architecture. When artificial lighting is utilised, it is designed

to highlight and accentuate the architectural planes and

nuances.

Right: Natural and artificial light offer

different qualities depending on the time

of day

Below: Natural light illuminates and

animates like no other

© Tom Scott / David Grandorge

When applied with great care, light and lighting can produce

a space that is vibrant yet soothing, and with great spatial

depth. It’s innate illusionary quality can be channelled to

create an interplay of light and dark, warmth and coolness,

drama and calm.


Glass

Modern day architectural trends have elevated the way we

think about the role of glass in buildings. It is no longer simply

a material for windows and the occasional door; it is a design

component in its own right.

We have tried to utilise glass in our projects as an important

element in our approach to design so that it is not only

exploited in grand public structures but fully integrated into

the lives and homes of families.

Right: The use of glass increases the

transparency of the building envelope

Bottom-left: Working with glass is also

about being interested in the light and

the view (both inside and outside)

© Matt Clayton

The beauty of glass lies in its simplicity, and we seek to show

how it enables us to be enveloped by nature while living

comfortably indoors.


Landscape

At RHA, we consider landscapes to be about framing focal

points and creating a design that gives attention to the

primary visual elements.

They also provide an opportunity to contrast between

foreground and background, light and dark, rough and

smooth, high and low, inside and outside. Regardless of scale,

this philosophy underpins our interventions whether it be

an internal or external landscape, a modest urban patio, or a

substantial suburban garden.

Right: The garden is treated as another

room of the house

Below: Planters and decking provide a

continuous flow of forms and materials

© Matt Clayton


Play

We try to create spaces that are engaging, with varying

palettes of texture and colour, in an attempt to capture

children’s innate imagination. We believe that in creating

imaginative environments, the “imagination” at play should

be that of the child and not of the architect or adult.

We also try to create ‘room to grow’ i.e. to design a space

that is flexible and responsive to the developing needs and

interests of a growing child - a space that can be a safe and

familiar habitat from birth through to adolescence.

Right: The use of strong colour can

translate into more individual spaces

Below: Spaces can be rebalanced by

integrating thoughtful interventions

© Tom Scott / Matt Clayton


Small Scale Interventions

Small scale builds are commonplace in the work of RHA. We

are frequently asked to design fitted furniture in our projects,

which we see as akin to an installation.

One of the most intriguing requests is the staircase, which

is a fundamental element of architectural design and

essentially connects spaces vertically and visually. It can

be both a powerful aesthetic statement and a unifying

link within the upward/downward flow of a space and can

dramatically liberate a spatial layout.

Our projects are all bespoke and introduce warmth, honesty

and a timeless quality of design.

Right: Clean sharp lines combined

with engineering ingenuity

Bottom-left: Imaginative use of

materials and finishes

Bottom-right: The eye is drawn

upwards, into a light-filled triple

height void

© Tom Scott


Delivery and Quality

Delivering a successful project is about working with the right

people. It is about negotiating skills, reliability, approachability

and problem-solving. For RHA, it also means giving a great

service.

We found RHA to be highly responsive to our needs and

concerns and they displayed critical knowledge during all

stages of the project.

(Private Client)

Right: Obsession with detailing is

a quest for perfection

Below: Coordination is key in

delivering high quality projects

© Tom Scott

We have been very impressed by their approach to design

and have enjoyed the iterative process of exploring all the

options. We have found their service to be exemplary and

have no doubt that this architectural practice will go on to

become an established force in years to come. It has, and

continues to be a pleasure working with them and we look

forward to continued future cooperation.

(Private Developer)

Architecture is about making spaces and places for people

and we make the most of a project’s resources and are able

to deliver high quality and cost effective solutions for our

clients.


Services

The practice offers a range of architectural services,

including the following:

• Preparing feasibility studies

• Developing preliminary and detailed design proposals

• Applying for planning and other statutory approvals

• Preparing construction information

• Obtaining tenders for projects

• Contract administration / Project Management

• Interior design

Within this range of services, the practice is fully

conversant with Listed Building and Conservation Area

issues.

RIBA London Practice of the Month


w: www.roberthirschfield.com

e: studio@roberthirschfield.com

t: O2O 7435 6O39

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