The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
M Studios, Belsize Park, London
Main People: Alvise Marsoni
Founded: late 2010
Where have you come from?
I was born in Venice and trained at the AA. I then helped establish Fitzroy Robinson’s Budapest office with David Magyar, and together we set up Magyar Marsoni Architects, now part of the Hunters group. I left in 2009.
What work do you have?
We are designing a large house on the hills of Buda overlooking Pest with spectacular views of the Danube (illustrated) as well a new-build home in North London in a rear gardens setting. With this house we want to create a piece that is in keeping with the conservation area and yet has a powerful and bold architectural identity.
We are also creating an exclusive London residential design brand and are working on a pilot scheme with a Milan-based contractor and our Italian partner Marco Pestalozza. Our aim is to build something that is wholesomely produced by a team made up of Italian and British craftsman and suppliers, people who love to create something beautiful and well-built, and who take pride in their skills.
What are your ambitions?
To create buildings that emerge out of a fertile relationship based on understanding, transparency, and trust with clients who share our architectural and aesthetic values. We want our architecture to be grounded in the power of detail and craftsmanship as well as space, form, style and process. This requires like-minded consultants and builder-craftsmen too.
We are also nurturing links with the more forward thinking larger practices that can make good use of our expertise, skills, and architectural ethos. This type of collaboration will also afford us the opportunity to work on larger buildings, whether commercial, public, or on an urban scale. And because we are small, we are flexible and cost-effective.
Are you optimistic?
At the moment we are benefiting from an influx of capital from Europe and the Far-East that is being poured in the London residential market, and we do not foresee it’s decline in the near future. There is simply more demand than supply in the affluent centre of this city. Long-term it is more difficult to read the road. But our alliances with a number of Italian architects and small design companies who operate globally, as well as highly-skilled craftsmen, are opening up new markets for us in the emerging economies which are hungry for the quality of what we can offer.