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dn-a architecture

dn-a architecture

Location London - UK

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Consistency is our watchword; it is the consistency of our design quality and our client service that makes our clients work with us again and again. This is allied to our understanding of the wants and needs of building users and ability to translate this into effective design solutions.

Our approach is simple. We put people at the heart of the design process and create buildings that meet our clients’ objectives and provide exciting and inspirational spaces for those living and working within them. This has enabled us to deliver more than two million square feet of new and refurbished space over the last decade.

From the re-engineering of Ralph Erskine’s iconic Ark in Hammersmith to the design and delivery of the Warner Bros Studios and ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ Studio Tour, our work is characterised by our willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ to deliver the right solution for our client, the site and the ultimate users.


Shortlisted RIBA Regional Awards, Thames Tower, Reading *** Finalist BCO Regional Awards, Refurbished / Recycled Workspace, London, 2018, The Charter Building, Uxbridge *** Winner BCO Regional Awards, Refurbished / Recycled Workspace, South West, 2018, Thames Tower, Reading *** Winner Thames Valley Property Awards, In-town Office of the Year, Apex Plaza, Reading *** Finalist Blueprint Awards, Best Non-Public Commercial Project 2017, Thames Tower, Reading *** Winner Thames Valley Property Awards, In-town Development of the Year 2017, Thames Tower, Reading *** Finalist Thames Valley Property Awards, In-town office of the Year 2017, Charter Building, Uxbridge *** Finalist OAS Development Awards, Best Refurbishment / Regeneration outside Central London 2017, Charter Building, Uxbridge *** Finalist Place West London Awards 2017, Best Town Centre Development 2017, The Charter Building *** Winner Structural Steel Design Awards 2016, Thames Tower, Reading *** Finalist BCO Regional Awards, Recycled/Refurbished Workplace 2015, One Valpy, Reading *** Winner Thames Valley Property Awards, Development of the Year 2015, One Valpy, Reading *** Finalist OAS Development Awards, Best Development outside London 2015, One Valpy, Reading *** Finalist BCO Regional Awards, Corporate Workplace 2008, Unilever, Leatherhead *** Silver Award Considerate Constructors Scheme 2008, The Ark, Hammersmith *** Winner Property Award, ?Property of the Year? 2007, Unilever, Leatherhead *** Winner Procon Awards, Large Scheme of the Year 2007, Colton Square, Leicester

Project sectors

  • Office Base Build
  • Office Fit-out
  • Bars, Cafes & Restaurants
  • Gyms & Sports Facilities
  • Public Spaces
  • Urban Design
  • Studios and Workshops

Specialist skills

  • Sustainable Design
  • Historic Restoration
  • Refurbishment
  • Masterplanning

Services offered

Full architectural service, Interior design, Feasibility, Planning application, Renders & CGIs, Technical drawings, Masterplanning


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dn-a architecture

Colton Square

Occupying a significant 1.5 acre site in the city centre, the redevelopment of the former Charles Street Police Station in Leicester offered an opportunity to rejuvenate the wider area. The project brief included upgrading and extending an existing listed building, adding an extension and a new office and residential block to provide high quality office space and housing.

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One Station Square

Our brief was to modernise the interiors of One Station Square, an under-used 1970s office block in Bracknell, increasing its attractiveness to occupiers. We wanted to provide something completely new for the Bracknell office market and a major contributor to this goal was the removal of the suspended ceilings to expose the ‘potted’ soffit. This creates the impression of larger spaces.

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One Valpy

Marketing One Valpy as a contemporary, urban workspace with an attentive service required a design to match. We took this 1980s building in the centre of Reading which had been vacant for some years and carefully targeted the design interventions to produce an effective, yet economically viable scheme.

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Snow Dome

We were appointed to masterplan and develop a design concept for this spectacular winter sports resort, located in Dubailand, UAE. This major tourism project was to be one of the anchor attractions of Dubailand, and extended to over 1.4 million square feet. It consisted of a self-supporting dome 220 meters in diameter and 75 meters high – that would include a revolving ski slope going through and around an artificial mountain range.

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Thames Tower

The redevelopment of this tired 1970s building next to Reading station has created an elegant new landmark for the town centre. We stripped the building back to its frame, added four storeys and squared off the chamfered corners, a technically challenging process which required the integration of architecture and structural engineering design.

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The Ark

Changing the Ark from a single occupier corporate headquarters to a modern working environment suitable for multi-occupancy required a sensitive approach which re-ordered the interior whilst respecting the design intent of the original.

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The Charter Building

With floorplates of an acre and ceiling heights up to four metres, maximising the flexibility of layouts and providing visual interest within these huge volumes were critical to our re-engineering of this under-used 1980s development. Our solution sees the introduction of a 100-metre long ‘street’ in the heart of the building, providing pockets of space for waiting or meeting.

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Unilever HQ

Unilever’s UK headquarters is in Leatherhead in Surrey in a building we designed for them around 10 years ago. Occupying a former industrial brownfield site, the design of the 204,000 sq ft office complex required a sensitive and sustainable approach which acknowledged the adjacent green belt. The three-storey office building is set over a podium deck which, by utilising the existing topography on the site, has allowed the required car parking provision to be largely concealed.