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  • Publications | Rodney Black Design

    PUBLICATIONS BOOKS THAT PROVIDE AN INSIGHT & AWAKENING TO THE WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE Award-winning architect Rodney Black provides us with a unique perspective on architecture and the interrelated themes of religion, philosophy, mythology and history. From practical experience, extensive reading and travelling, in his new publication Giving Orders, Rodney Black shares his lifelong enthusiasms through the arts of writing and architectural image making. ​ RBDS Publications is soon to blur the distinction between daily life, mythology, science and architecture with the publication of a new hexalogy. The dichotomy between dream and reality becomes a mystery to be disentangled through the course of six novels which explore the life of a family over four generations. Each of the parts of the hexalogy is underpinned by reference to the challenging and, to western eyes, obscure, architecture of the mandirs, Hindu temples, particularly of northern India. The novels will be published in order over a period of months. RBDS Publications is also re-releasing two books on some of the work of Rodney Black Design Studios up to 2010. These are on the interior designs for the Lady Christine, a Superyacht which was awarded three global Neptune design awards; and Small Buildings describing some of the finely designed small projects of the practice. In this publication, Rodney Black reminds us that architecture doesn’t have to be big to be excellent. RBDS Publications is considering a book on the practice’s largest current project, Creake House, a significant new house for a private client that is under construction. The design of the house resuscitates principles of proportion and subtle classical referencing in architectural design. Part of the project’s legacy will be the high level of craftsmanship, a factor which is under threat in our post-pandemic era.’ ​ Head over to the website for further information and news: https://www.rbdspublications.co.uk/ Giving Orders COMING SOON A REVOLUTIONARY BOOK BY RODNEY BLACK Giving Orders is a book about order, the way order invests in the natural world from the extents of the cosmos down to the smallest particles. The relevance of the orders to... Read more AVALIABLE TO PURCHASE SOON Amazon Waterstones Blackwell Foyles Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Le Selve | Rodney Black Design

    LE SELVE- New House We were commissioned to design a large new house on the site of an earthquake damaged stone building near Perugia in Umbria, Italy. A planning condition was that the footprint should be the same trapezoid shape as the destroyed building. The house is 740m² on three floors connected by a large circular staircase. The main living rooms and bedrooms have wonderful views over the valley. The ground floor has a verandah along the south side and the lower ground floor contains the main entrance hall, a billiard room and garages. Our work included a landscaping scheme. PROJECT GALLERY 1/6 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • vacancies | Rodney Black Design

    WHO WE ARE We are a small firm of Architects based in Dedham, near Colchester. Our practice specialises in new buildings, conservation of historic buildings and regeneration works with many completed projects in the UK and abroad. The diverse portfolio includes new houses, alterations and extensions, furniture, gardens, follies, pools and cartlodges. VACANCY: PART I ARCHITECT We are seeking an enthusiastic Part I/II architect to join our small friendly team. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a broad spread of RIBA work stages and your own professional skills. You will be mentored throughout the duration of the role. ​ ​Required: ​Educated to undergraduate degree level ability to engage in conceptual thought concerning architecture high proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp Excellent attention to detail strong design and graphic presentation skills excellent communication skills with fluent written English and spoken English at a native level Possesses a keen interest in traditional building and classical design ​ In the interview you will be asked to do a small drafting exercise & a small sketching exercise. ​ ​​​The position is available to year out students, but we are also happy for a longer term/permanent appointment. ​Salary will be in line with RIBA guidelines and can be discussed at interview. ​ ​If you meet the criteria listed above, please submit a covering letter, CV and portfolio to architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Short Hoo | Rodney Black Design

    SHORT HOO- Refurbishment; alterations & extension The house has been altered, refurbished and extended to combine two existing properties. The extensions include a two storey link to the existing annex with a mansard roof, a new porch with swept lead roof and acorn finial, new sun room to the east and a new drawing room with a large bay window to the west. Hard landscaping to create formal beds and terraces completed the work. ​ One part of the extensive alteration and extension work was a new drawing room with an exposed roof structure and concealed lighting. A fireplace built of natural Portland stone was commissioned for the room. The diaper pattern brickwork of the external walls and the special crested ridge tiles were designed to match the existing house. This project was shortlisted for the RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Awards 2004. PROJECT GALLERY 1/3 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Elmsett Old Rectory | Rodney Black Design

    ELMSETT OLD RECTORY- Alterations, extension & landscaping Elmsett Old Rectory is a Grade II listed building. Our clients wished to reverse unsympathetic work that had been carried out previously, to rationalise the room layouts and circulation, to extend the kitchen and to create a new library. The work included landscaping and interior design, especially of the kitchen; bathroom; drawing room; large attic; studio; hallways and library. ​ ​ ​ PROJECT GALLERY 1/12 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Lectures | Rodney Black Design

    NO LECTURES SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME If you are interested in having Rodney speak at your school, library, organisation, conference or other event, then please get in touch via the contact page. ​ ​ Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • In the Works | Rodney Black Design

    IN THE WORKS Bell House Corn Hall Cottage Langford Hall Creake House Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Privacy Policy | Rodney Black Design

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  • Little Sutton Hoo | Rodney Black Design

    LITTLE SUTTON HOO- Alterations; refurbishment & landscaping Major alterations, a full refurbishment and renovation programme together with garden and landscaping works brought this neglected property into the 21st century. Two new bedrooms and a landing were formed in the roof space with three new dormer windows facing south and new gable windows. The ground and first floor plans were substantially altered with all new bathrooms and kitchen. ​ A new Study was constructed on the footprint of an existing attached garden room structure and the existing stables were converted to form part of the house to provide a Boots Room, WC and Games Room. The attached Garage was also converted to form part of the house to provide a Gym and Laundry Room. A new Greenhouse and Potting Shed were constructed on the footprint of an earlier, derelict one. ​ An extension in the classical style was added on the north side to accommodate an Entrance Hall, WC, plant cupboards and corridor. A new bay window was added to the Dining Room and a new open porch on the west wall. Landscaping work was carried out on all sides of the house. The formal approach garden was designed to enhance the classical approach frontage. PROJECT GALLERY 1/9 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Oaks Barn poolhouse | Rodney Black Design

    OAKSBARN POOLHOUSE- New Poolhouse The new 6 x 12 metre pool house has full environmental controls, an acoustic ceiling, doors which slide back when open to give a completely unrestricted, open aspect, automatic rooflights and purpose made ‘mobile’ lights which bounce the light off coloured reflectors. The walls were painted as an abstract by Philippa Dow . ​ The pool building is constructed of steel supporting columns with a wave design roof structure, timber weatherboarding, a slate roof and bespoke hardwood doors with a sliding mechanism capable of being operated by a very light touch. This project received a Suffolk Association of Architects Craftsmanship Award in 2011. PROJECT GALLERY 1/5 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Bell House | Rodney Black Design

    BELL HOUSE- Alterations & landscaping Bell House is a Grade II listed buidling. The work involved the reordering and part reconstruction of the north wing and the conversion of the garage into a garden room, together with landscaping. Work is ongoing with further alterations to the south wing and reordering of the garden. PROJECT GALLERY 1/4 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

  • Mill House | Rodney Black Design

    MILL HOUSE- Alterations & extension Over the last millennium there have been several mills recorded on the site, which is in a Conservation Area, the final one destroyed by fire in 1882. Our clients wanted the extension to The Mill House to have the appearance of the old mill shown in historical records and to retain the wheel pit and leat which survived. ​ The new work included very heavy structural timbers of pitch pine and Douglas fir and a staircase designed as a water wheel. PROJECT GALLERY 1/3 RETURN TO: INTERIOR PROJECTS LANDSCAPE PROJECTS ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Rodney Black Design Studios. Gun Hill House, Ipswich Road, Dedham, Colchester, CO7 6HR, UK Tel +44(0)1206 322800 Architecture@rodneyblackdesignstudios.co.uk STAY IN TOUCH: © 2023 RODNEY BLACK. Powered and secured by Wix / PRIVACY POLICY/ SITE DESIGN: RODNEY BLACK VAT Registration no. 665 9458 79 Registered in England no. 3161218

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