PRACTICE

CIAO.

Our team is diverse, united by the same passion for intelligent design.

London is our home, but our roots are in Northern Italy, where we also operate as a Practice.

Our Journey started in 2016, utilising our passion for maximising space efficiently and creatively through micro flats projects and home extensions. We now specialise in delivering bold and efficient commercial developments on behalf of investors and property developers. 

In the same way we can convert a 35 sqm studio flat into smart accommodation for four people, our design led approach allows us to unlock a site’s potential and create value for our clients.

All our projects start with a methodical analysis of the site constraints and the local context. Volumes are shaped in order to maximise site’s capacity, whilst making sure the proposal sits well within the urban context and complies with the local planning policies.

Spaces are designed to be flexible, adaptable and filled with natural light, so people can enjoy them to live, work and play.

Materials and details are added, with the aim to establish a dialogue with the neighbouring buildings and at the same time ensure durability and sustainability.

Like craftsmen, we are aided in this process by special tools.

BIM, allows us to test solutions and coordinate all layers of information into a live 3D model. Combined with hand sketches, CG Imagery and graphic design, the model helps us communicate our ideas in a clear and effective way, in order to get approval from Clients, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders prior to construction. 

As a result, we deliver high value buildings that meet the needs of our clients in an efficient and cost-effective way.

DIEGO DALPRA

RIBA, ARB, Ordine degli Architetti di Trento.

Born in London, studied Architecture & Building Engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. After graduating, moved to London and trained as an Architect in several Architecture firms including award winning NEU Architects.

Since 2016 he is co-founder and Director of Creative Ideas & Architecture Office.

ALESSANDRO PENNA

RIBA, ARB, Ordine degli Architetti di Trento.

Born in Milan, graduated in Architecture & Building Engineering at the University of Trento, after having studied also at the UPV of San Sebastiàn, Spain. Following the completion of his studies, moved to London and worked as an Architect in award winning Ash Sakula Architects and Douglas & King Architects. In 2016 co-founded and became Director of Creative Ideas & Architecture Office.

SERVICES

 

4. PLANNING

We prepare all the necessary drawings, written reports and application forms suitable for submission to the local authority. We then monitor the application on behalf of the Client for the duration of this process.

7. COMPLETION

We ensure the construction has been completed according to the stipulated contract and that final sign off is issued by building control.We are always available for our Clients even after the work is complete. 

Feasibility Study 

All our projects start with a client meeting on site, in order to understand their requirements and aspirations. After a methodical analysis of the site constraints and the local context, initial ideas are explored with the purpose to identify opportunities and give a new perspective to the client's brief.

During this stage we also advise the client on other consultants to be appointed as part of the professional team.

Concept design 

On the basis of the initial considerations made during the Feasibility stage, a number of design options are prepared and presented to the client. After a series of workshops a final design is agreed to be developed in the following stages.

At the end of this stage, If the size of the scheme requires it or if there are any particular planning constraints, we can apply for pre-application consultation to the Local Authority.

Developed design & Planning

The scheme is developed with the addition of the necessary layers of information. Specialist consultant reports, planning drawings and forms are prepared to be submitted to the Local Authority. 

If a planning consultant is not part of the professional team, we submit the application via the planning portal and liaise with the Officer in charge during the consultation period.

Technical detailed ​design & Tender

During this stage we produce a robust technical package to include drawings and specifications of materials and finishes, suitable for a contractor to price and build from. As part of this, we coordinate the design with the information provided by other members of the professional team like Structural, Civil and MEP Engineers.

If required, we can manage the tender process with an analysis of the offers provided by the contractors. In this way we help to identify and agree final costs as well as choose the right builder for the project.

Interior design & Bespoke joinery solutions

We pride ourselves for our ability to design smart spaces that people can enjoy to live, work and play.

A key aspect to this, is the design of bespoke joinery elements like kitchens, wardrobes and cabinets.

In the same way, we guide our clients through the choice of internal finishes and fittings, to ensure the space meets their aspirations.

Construction & Project Management

During construction we oversee the works with regular site visits to ensure the project is delivered according to the drawings and with the quality we all expect. We also help the contractor to resolve any technical query that may arise from site.

Depending on the size of the scheme, we can draft and administer the the contract between the client and the appointed contractor. As part of this, we carry out valuations of the progress made on site, issue the relevant payment certificates and resolve any dispute that may arise between the parties. Once work is complete we issue a Completion Certificate and ensure there is a smooth handover back to the Client.

Creative Ideas & Architecture Office Ltd

                  37 Cremer Street,  London E2 8HD,  England             

+ 44 (0) 20 3475 1385       info@ciao.archi

C.N.9976871    VAT.268080294 

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