Vision
& Insight

about-us-2

Our process

We are an innovative design organisation with a can-do attitude to working with you to achieve your aspirations. We aim to develop an ideas based approach to create unique, one-off design solutions. All our projects are based on fresh thinking and sensitivity to their location and context, we are great communicators and we will add value to your proposals.

We work across a range of scales from landscape to urbanism to new individual buildings and the imaginative re-use and alterations to existing buildings. We are familiar with the latest building conservation practice having worked with listed buildings of all periods. We adopt a collaborative approach with our clients in order to develop a shared design vision.

We adopt a holistic approach to sustainability and energy management which is a central issue from the beginning of the design process. This means that we design buildings to be energy efficient in a passive manner based on site layout, orientation, construction and insulation methods, and the building products selected.

To get a better idea of what we have done in the past and what we’re working on now, please check out our projects page.

What we do

zone-architects-one-off-houses

New build houses

ZONE Architects has developed a portfolio of exceptional one-off new houses. Many of these are located in sensitive settings where constraints have dictated a considered design approach. These houses are different in style, but share an ambition to develop a contemporary architecture which sits comfortably in its particular context.

We consider constructing a home as one of the most important commissions an architect can receive. The house tends to be the scene of the most significant and memorable events of our lives, where we are born, grow up and have our most intimate experiences. Our aim is to work with your brief and design a delightful place to live, making the most of your setting, your budget, and your aspirations.

There is a considered effort to create particular atmospheres through the manipulation of light and volume. A common theme is the thoughtful manipulation of specific building materials and a preoccupation that all the details are of equal importance.

New build houses

ZONE Architects has developed a portfolio of exceptional one-off new houses. Many of these are located in sensitive settings where constraints have dictated a considered design approach. These houses are different in style, but share an ambition to develop a contemporary architecture which sits comfortably in its particular context.

We consider constructing a home as one of the most important commissions an architect can receive. The house tends to be the scene of the most significant and memorable events of our lives, where we are born, grow up and have our most intimate experiences. Our aim is to work with your brief and design a delightful place to live, making the most of your setting, your budget, and your aspirations.

There is a considered effort to create particular atmospheres through the manipulation of light and volume. A common theme is the thoughtful manipulation of specific building materials and a preoccupation that all the details are of equal importance.

zone-architects-interiors

Interiors, remodelling and extensions

ZONE Architects specialises in thoughtful interventions, extensions, and interior design.

We often work with listed buildings or in sensitive settings where the aim is to enhance the character of the existing building and augment the range and experience of living spaces within.

We believe that all details deserve the same level of consideration, whether it is providing a state-of-the-art kitchen or re-orienting the house to its garden.

We have considerable experience of the construction process, we have a rigorous, quality assured system for the provision of drawings and contract documents and we adopt a proactive approach to project management which means that we can get the most from building contractors.

We are used to working with first time clients and a range of budgets.

Interiors, remodelling and extensions

ZONE Architects specialises in thoughtful interventions, extensions, and interior design.

We often work with listed buildings or in sensitive settings where the aim is to enhance the character of the existing building and augment the range and experience of living spaces within.

We believe that all details deserve the same level of consideration, whether it is providing a state-of-the-art kitchen or re-orienting the house to its garden.

We have considerable experience of the construction process, we have a rigorous, quality assured system for the provision of drawings and contract documents and we adopt a proactive approach to project management which means that we can get the most from building contractors.

We are used to working with first time clients and a range of budgets.

zone-architects-urban-intervention

Urban intervention

The city is the site and the inspiration for much of ZONE Architects’ work.

With projects such as the East Market Street Arches, and the Hart Street and Wester Coates houses we have demonstrated how good contemporary architecture can sit comfortably in sensitive historic settings.

We aim to create meaningful and timeless architecture which communicates with both its immediate neighbours and the wider locale.

The ambition is to give our buildings a wider public presence within the layered and sedimented nature of our cities.

zone-architects-swimming-pools

Buildings for leisure

A swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind, to keep fit, and to entertain and educate your children. It will add a touch of luxury to your home, and provide a practical facility that will delight your friends and family for years to come.

Whether you are considering locating your pool in a new building or within your existing space, getting a design that suits your requirements and the practicalities involved demands specialist expertise.

ZONE Architects can help you create the pool of your dreams. We provide the full service from initial consultation to surveying the location, securing the relevant permissions, designing the pool, and managing the build right through to completion.


Buildings for leisure

A swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind, to keep fit, and to entertain and educate your children. It will add a touch of luxury to your home, and provide a practical facility that will delight your friends and family for years to come.

Whether you are considering locating your pool in a new building or within your existing space, getting a design that suits your requirements and the practicalities involved demands specialist expertise.

ZONE Architects can help you create the pool of your dreams. We provide the full service from initial consultation to surveying the location, securing the relevant permissions, designing the pool, and managing the build right through to completion.

Buildings for leisure

A swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind, to keep fit, and to entertain and educate your children. It will add a touch of luxury to your home, and provide a practical facility that will delight your friends and family for years to come.

Whether you are considering locating your pool in a new building or within your existing space, getting a design that suits your requirements and the practicalities involved demands specialist expertise.

ZONE Architects can help you create the pool of your dreams. We provide the full service from initial consultation to surveying the location, securing the relevant permissions, designing the pool, and managing the build right through to completion.

about-us-3

How we work

How we work

We undertake challenging projects in keeping with our mission: to design buildings that have a positive influence on the way our clients live, work, and play.

The design of each project is led by partners David Jamieson and Suzanne Ewing, and reviewed regularly with our clients and trusted engineers and contractors. State-of-the-art computer technology means that we are able to present 3D digital models of your space as early as possible in the design process. This enables all participants and stakeholders to fully engage with the design and share ownership of it.

Our commitment to architectural debate and research means that we remain fully conversant with new knowledge and techniques and their appropriateness for each individual project.

ZONE Architects is an equal opportunities employer working from a bespoke studio building in north Edinburgh.

Sustainability

Creating a sustainable built environment is fundamental to our design philosophy. Global warming and declining fossil fuel resources make it imperative that we understand our energy use and seek to reduce our demand for fossil fuels. The energy used by the UK’s buildings accounts for 47% of the country’s total CO2 emissions.

However, sustainability is not just about energy use. At ZONE Architects we endeavour to make buildings which will endure, which will weather well, and, where we are working within the fabric of historic cities, towns or landscapes, are at least as good as their neighbours. Flexibility and robust construction are key factors to this end.

Sustainability is given prominence within the design process for each of our projects: it can’t be bolted on later. We establish a sustainability or an energy section within the brief and this is considered at the outset. The brief would typically aim to set targets for reducing energy demand and the provision of on-site energy generation.

With each project we aim to develop an understanding of the holistic nature of building design: questions of thermal mass, ventilation, daylighting, building materials and site orientation all have to be considered from the outset. The primary concern is to reduce energy demand – get the basics right. This includes site selection and layout, sheltering, orientation and opportunities for passive solar gain. Building insulation and airtightness is the first priority to reducing energy demand and are considered before the introduction of solar panels or other active measures.

ZONE partner David Jamieson is qualified to self certify section 6 of the Scottish Building Standards which deal with energy use in domestic buildings.

creds-logos

Please contact us to discuss your project on 0131 551 1973 or email
us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat?
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat? 
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat?
Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or
email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Like what you see and fancy a chat? Feel free to call us on 0131 551 1973 or email us at info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Address

211 Granton Road, 
Edinburgh EH5 1HD

Contact

0131 551 1973
info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Contact

0131 551 1973
info@zonearchitects.co.uk

Riba

Website - Form by Thought

© ZONE Architects 2017. All rights reserved.
This website and its contents are the copyright of ZONE Architects. 
You may not, except with our express written permission, distribute
or commercially exploit the content. You may not transmit it or store
it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.