'Architecture has the potential to elevate the human condition,
through articulating the beauty of the everyday'
Studio Givanni is an architecture and urban design practice committed to developing sustainable environments, which we believe should be accessible to all members of society. This aspiration can be achieved through careful consultation and the conscientious implementation of outstanding architecture.
The Westover redevelopment in Amersham is located in an established suburb on the edge of the Green Belt. The vision is to create a series small and mid sizes apartments intended for young families, couples and seniors wishing to downsize. The proposal will replace a single dwelling on a large sloping rectangular site. The buildings mass is intended to read as two tiers which make use of the existing terrain. An upper tier which will contain dual aspect accommodation, and lower tier which will accommodate single aspect apartments and the buildings entrance.
Rye Hill Park Peckham
The site sits to the east of Nunhead Resveoir and has laid dormant for many years. Self-seeding sycamores trees have inhabited the site creating a natural pocket of urban woodland which provides a visual amenity to the local community. The proposal is to create a development which will maintain and improve the accessibility of the open space whilst providing affordable family homes. A new pocket park is envisaged which has been designed to retain many of the existing trees, in addition to new ones. The accommodation provision of ten affordable three-bedroom apartments will occupy a small area of the site and seeks to make good use of the steep topography of the site.
Ambledown is a design for a residential development in the heart of the Loudwater conservation area, Rickmansworth. The design approach has been to create a flexible contemporary envelop which can be adapted by residents to suit changing needs. The simplicity of the design seeks to build on vernacular craftsmanship whilst creating an addition to the conservation which is of this idiom.
Rye Hill Park is a development for affordable housing which will provide a mixture of unit types for families and individuals. The design is conceived of as 2 linked volumes which fit the grain of the existing street pattern. The use of timber screens will give a sense of privacy and provide solar shading.
Bodicariya Technical College Kolkata
Bodicariya is a mixed-use masterplan for the Chakma community in Rjharrt Newtown Kolkata, West Bengal. Studio Givanni have been commissioned to establish a proposal comprising of office space, a new school and technical training centre. Work is due to start on site 2019.
Barjeel Art Gallery
The design has been defined by contemplating the overarching question of ‘what constitutes a contemporary museum space in the context of the UAE?’. Our approach is led by addressing the issue of sustainability and energy consumption, whilst exploring local materials and historic vernacular typologies.
It is through this lens of the climatic context and site-specific constraints we have arrived at an environmental response which will give the Barjeel collection an iconic museubuilding which consumes minimal energy while providing flexible and large volume spaces to accommodate artwork of varied scales.
The form of the building takes its cues from the traditional Yakhchāl structures which were conceived as ancient ice houses dating back as far as 400 BC. The form of the Yakhchāl uses the thermal stratification, the mass and the solidity of the envelope and places the primary accommodation at low level below the ground.
Merano Albert Embankment
Merano is a mixed-use residential tower designed for St James of the Berkley Group. Working with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Gian Givanni led the design team from concept design through to construction information in conjunction with delivery architects EPR.
Riverlight Nine Elms
Riverlight is a mixed-use residential led development consisting of 800 units of mixed tenure over 6 blocks. Designed for St James of the Berkley Group and working with Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, Gian Givanni led the design team from concept design through to construction information in conjunction with EPR.
The Jam Factory Borough
The Jam Factory development is the conversion of the original Victorian structure into 250 dwellings over 3 blocks. The project, completed in 2003, was one of the first developments of its kind in the area to provide high quality 'loft style’ conversions in the up and coming district of Bermondsey Street.