Studio Nencini Norwich, Norfolk art home, Golden Triangle property, East England Architecture Photos

Studio Nencini, Norwich, Norfolk

31 May 2022

Design: Alder Brisco, Architects

Location: Newmarket Road Conservation Area, Norwich, Norfolk, southeast England, UK

Studio Nencini Norwich by Alder Brisco

Photos by Nick Dearden

Studio Nencini in Norfolk is one of 17 projects which received a 2022 RIBA East Award.

Studio Nencini, Norwich

Jury Report

This project exudes a sense of great calm, demonstrating that delight can be found even in the most modest projects – in this case a simple single-storey extension that replaces a garage on the side of a gracious Victorian house in Norwich’s Golden Triangle.

Studio Nencini Norwich by Alder Brisco

Brisco Loran Director Thom Brisco was approached by the two artist-clients who had encountered their work in an exhibition space designed by the practice, exhibiting very good judgement in trusting a young practice with their project. In return they have had absolute commitment from their architects who have not only delivered new spaces – an art studio opening on to an enlarged kitchen – but have rediscovered the spirit of the original house, obscured by later additions. The work also reconnects the house to its garden in a convincing way.

Studio Nencini Norwich by Alder Brisco

Brisco Loran’s exploration through physical models is evident in the inventive interplay of spaces, opening up an enfilade through the house that links the clients’ two studios. A former maid’s quarters has been rediscovered and linked with a ladder stair, made by the architect himself, giving access both for storage and volumetric relief. A series of linings and timber soffits link new and old spaces, culminating in the timber roof beams of the studio which become mullions to the clerestory that rests on a new blind brick front façade.

Studio Nencini Norwich by Alder Brisco

As a low-cost refurbishment and extension, the project has implemented the principles of a fabric-first approach to uplift the fabric thermal performance (significantly uplifting the previously uninsulated existing dwelling), while timber and notable use of reclaimed bricks has assisted in reducing the whole-life carbon impact of this project.

Studio Nencini Norwich by Alder Brisco

Studio Nencini Norwich, Norfolk, UK – Building Information

Title: Studio Nencini
RIBA region: East
Architect practice: Alder Brisco (now Brisco Loran and James Alder Architect)
Date of completion: September 2019
Date of occupation: September 2019
Client: Confidential

Project city/town: Norwich
Contract value: £95,000.00
Gross internal area: 65.00 m²
Net internal area: 60.00 m²
Cost per m²: £1,462.00 / m²
Contractor company name: King and Company Builders Norfolk


Structural Engineers: Matthew Wood


• RIBA Regional Award
• RIBA East Project Architect of the Year

Photographs: Nick Dearden

2022 RIBA East Awards Winners

Studio Nencini Norwich, Norfolk building images / information received from the Royal Institute of British Architects

Location: Newmarket Road Conservation Area, Norwich, Norfolk, Southeast England, UK

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