Architect, Studio Octopi and IQ Glass crowned winners at Schüco's Excellence Awards 2024

The Saddlery | Individual House Improvement Winner 2024

Schüco Excellence Awards 2024

The team from IQ Glass joined Award-winning architects, Studio Octopi at Schuco’s 11th Excellence Awards. 

Studio Octopi’s small London project ‘The Saddlery’, was awarded winner in the ‘Individual House Improvement’ category. 

The Saddlery is a light-filled garden room spanning the width of a Grade II listed house in London. The single-storey extension doubles as a new entrance from the street and links the garden, upper-ground and lower-ground floor levels. The pistachio-coloured steel cladding is intended to complement the existing red brick façade, while clearly distinguishing the old and new elements. This is carried through to IQ’s Schüco systems with the vertical cladding seams neatly aligning with the door and window mullions. 

Challenging site and conservation constraints impacted both the layout and height of the extension. The latter is set by the first-floor window sills, which the roof could not go above, and ensures a generous floor-to-ceiling height. However, by maximising the height of the extension, the architect created an additional challenge: finding a door set that would function as intended at 2.8 metres high. Working closely with specialist contractor IQ Glass, the design team specified a Schüco ADS 70.HI door and sidelight with additional mullions to match the vertical cladding seams. 

Despite the project’s small scale and tight budget, it exceeds current regulations for thermal performance and uses lower carbon materials where possible. 

The Awards Ceremony

IQ Glass and Studio Octopi crowned winners at Schuco Awards 2024

The highly anticipated Schüco Excellence Awards ceremony took place at Canary Wharf's The Pelligon on 27th June in recognition of highly coveted large and small projects within the UK.

The IQ Glass team joined the Studio Octopi table where 'The Saddlery' was crowned winners of The Individual House improvement Award.

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