SELECTED PROJECTS

CARPENTER’S LOFT

/ BACK TO PROJECTS CARPENTER’S LOFTA reconfiguration to a cellular loft that strikes a balance between the architectural characteristics of the remaining 1900’s woodwork factory and the brute 1980’s residential conversion, providing the clients with a bright open plan living space to celebrate their love for cooking. Inspired by the historical carpentry program, as well […]

THE CHAPEL

/ BACK TO PROJECTS THE CHAPEL This project playfully reinterprets religious elements into programmatic features to transform this small space within a grade 2 listed church in London, England, into a heavenly retreat.   Materials and colours are introduced to enhance spatial characteristics, such as the brass inlay pattern set within the porcelain floor tiles […]

THE BARN-DOOR STUDIO – coming soon

/ BACK TO PROJECTS THE BARN-DOOR STUDIO – COMING SOONA new studio and living space is carefully nestled amongst a cluster of surrounding buildings to replace and celebrate the original by salvaging the existing barn doors and integrating them into the new design. While new meaningful relationships are constructed between buildings at ground level with functional […]

DRIFTWOOD HOUSE

/ BACK TO PROJECTS DRIFTWOOD HOUSE A beach house that responds to the client’s brief of providing flexible living spaces, bedrooms and amenity spaces such as a sauna with views to the ocean and heightened connection to the landscape. Inspired by the client’s strong connection to a large piece of driftwood on the site, a […]

BUS SHELTER

/ BACK TO PROJECTS BUS SHELTERInspired by the surrounding landscape and the wind in the valleys, Bus Shelter seeks to encompass users into an intimate, fluid space where they may pause, contemplate, or simply glimpse through the stacked wood slits at the scenery beyond as they wait for the bus. The vernacular sheds stocked with […]

BUSH THEATRE [SLIVER]

/ BACK TO PROJECTS BUSH THEATRE The surrounding urban context was analysed and conceptually embedded within the design proposal that lightly pierces the existing opaque brick facade to introduce a new publicly accessible entrance, stream of natural light, and engaging community and operational programmes such as a new cafe terrace, bar extension, studio and (hireable) […]

LIBERTAS HOUSE RECEPTION

/ BACK TO PROJECTS LIBERATES HOUSE The striking masonry facade of Libertas House was carved by the noted Scottish sculptor William Mossman II between 1870 and 1873. Mossman seems to have drawn on the well-known Latin motto ‘Libertas Justitia Veritas’ – meaning ‘Freedom, Justice, Truth’ – in his designs for the building as he included […]

CANOE HOUSE

/ BACK TO PROJECTS CANOE HOUSE A contemplation space that responds to the client’s requirements of discretely stowing two canoes and creating a connection to the landscape. Surrounding pine trees shed their needles to blanket part of the ground with a vibrant orange.  This orange blanket of needles, unique to the site’s otherwise green grass, […]

THE BISCUIT FACTORY

/ BACK TO PROJECTS THE BISCUIT FACTORYA refurbishment that sought to revive the architectural characteristics of the original baking rooms in an old biscuit factory in East London, which had been masked in a 1980’s conversion.  By using inhabitable ‘pods’ constructed from Birch plywood to divide the rooms and take advantage of the high ceiling […]

TREE HOUSE ‘MEMORIAL’

/ BACK TO PROJECTS TREE HOUSE ‘MEMORIAL’ A collaborative 3 day design and build workshop with Studio In The Woods to create a shelter that both celebrates and protects a decaying tree on a woodland property by delicately framing the tree – as well as views to the surrounding landscape – constructed without the use […]

STUDIO
SUPRBLK is a design studio with international projects led by registered architects Michael Putman and Sara L’Esperance, both of who have been formally trained in Fine Arts and Architecture, exploring innovative built environments, experiences and forms at every scale.

Our studio works very closely with our clients and user groups to carefully engage them through the various stages of each project to fully understand the requirements and promote an exciting process.  We believe that every project has the potential to be special and make visible what would otherwise remain invisible.

The designs that we craft responds sensitively to our client’s aspirations, site-context and budget.  As such, we offer flexibility within a wide range of consultation, design, and full architectural services.

MICHAEL PUTMAN (Director) first studied Fine Arts in Canada; exploring materials, techniques, and forms to express meaning within the design.  He became interested in applying these understood principles to architecture and completed an Architectural Technology diploma developing a poetic tectonic for carefully merging selected materials with considered technical details.  This interest continued into his Bachelor and Masters of Architecture degree that concluded with a dissertation on triadic relationships within materiality, commodity and the human body.

Prior to setting up his own studio, Michael worked for awarding winning practices in Canada and England – and led cultural projects such as Bristol Old Vic & Bush Theatre (Haworth Tompkins Architects), which have been recognized with many awards.

Michael has taught architectural design courses in Canada and England and is currently a Professor of architecture design and practice at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as being an invited guest critic at numerous universities.

SARA L’ESPÉRANCE (Director) studied visual and media arts before pursuing her passion for architecture at university. She began her bachelor studies in Canada, before moving to England to study at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for her Masters and Post-professional degree.

At the Bartlett, she developed an interest in the in-between, playful leftover spaces found in urban environments, which lead to her to develop her thesis entitled ‘Within the Gap: Elaborating Architectural Experience Through a Journey Down the Rabbit-Hole’.

Sara has worked in both Canada and England for award winning practices. Her pylon proposal ‘Silhouette’ (Ian Ritchie Architects) was shortlisted for the international RIBA competition, and she has since worked on various public realm, residential and commercial projects such as the conversion of railways arches and production and media offices for Pinewood Studios (Fletcher Priest Architects). She has taught architectural theory at the Highgate Institute and has been a guest studio design critic for several universities.

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