Innovative
We are an innovative company who always seek to design buildings that are unique, aspirational and inspirational.

Personable
We promote an openly personable and non-hierarchical structure within the company and put specific focus onto the individual members of the Lynas Smith team.

Engaged
As a passionate and engaged creative company we speak clearly and directly to our end consumer; an individual also likely to be a successful creative.

Ideas
We emphasise and elevate the fundamental aspects of the architectural process – the initial sketches and the broad stroke ideas.

Local
We understand and have an affinity to the local area and design buildings based on the desires and aspirations of its residents.
Growing from Lynas Architecture, we have recently moved our office from our first project, Arthaus, to our latest building, Warehaus. This move defines our desire to extend ourselves, keep in touch with our end-users and develop our product from within.

The Team:
Michael Lynas
Kaldon Smith
Mädi Boehm
Almudena Lloret
Ben Whelan
Claudia Iannantuoni
Conor O’Keefe
Giuseppe Tonelli
Marco Marcelletti
Maria Pianese
Maya Borjesson
Silvia Rodriguez

Lynas Smith are an innovative architecture company motivated to design exceptional buildings that define the landscape of the local area and the aspirations of its residents.
Innovative
We are an innovative company who always seek to design buildings that are unique, aspirational and inspirational.

Personable
We promote an openly personable and non-hierarchical structure within the company and put specific focus onto the individual members of the Lynas Smith team.

Engaged
As a passionate and engaged creative company we speak clearly and directly to our end consumer; an individual also likely to be a successful creative.

Ideas
We emphasise and elevate the fundamental aspects of the architectural process – the initial sketches and the broad stroke ideas.

Local
We understand and have an affinity to the local area and design buildings based on the desires and aspirations of its residents.

Growing from Lynas Architecture, we have recently moved our office from our first project, Arthaus, to our latest building, Warehaus. This move defines our desire to extend ourselves, keep in touch with our end-users and develop our product from within.

The Team:
Michael Lynas
Kaldon Smith
Mädi Boehm
Almudena Lloret
Ben Whelan
Claudia Iannantuoni
Conor O’Keefe
Giuseppe Tonelli
Marco Marcelletti
Maria Pianese
Maya Borjesson
Silvia Rodriguez

Lynas Smith are an innovative architecture company motivated to design exceptional buildings that define the landscape of the local area and the aspirations of its residents.
Lynas Smith
1F Warehaus
Mentmore Terrace
Hackney
E8 3DQ

lynas-smith.com
020 8985 0492
Life in the Arthaus    
bikes in arthaus
A 1930s theatre house, a dance hall, an artists’ studio and a gallery – the Arthaus building has a rich heritage as a space filled with people and their creations.  Five years ago, the building was transformed into a purpose-built mixed-use development, and is now home to a café, a restaurant, a yoga studio, commercial office space, private apartments and gardens.  Yet mixed-use developments such as this are a new phenomenon to emerge from the 21st century.  Here,
home and work are housed side by side – nestled under the same roof in a way that has never been seen before.  Now, photographer James A. Hudson’s is working with the building’s architects, Lynas Smith, to observe this new way of living.  James was Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in 2010-11, where he explored the changeable and often uneasy relationships between museum visitors and their surroundings, culminating in the publication of his book, Metamorphosis.
moving out arthaus
Lynas Smith were until recently a tenant of the Arthaus building; the documentary begins as they move out of their office on the Ground Floor fronting the atrium,
leaving James and his camera to explore what actually happens in a building after their designs have become a fully realised space.  Together, they are creating Life in the Arthaus.
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Warehaus    
warehaus window detail
warehaus facade detail
Warehaus is a recently completed building in Hackney of 30 residential units off atrium circulation, 7 ground floor duplex studio spaces and a rooftop garden and swimming pool. The building was envisaged as a solid, powerful form. We thought immediately of using only bricks and creating a deep facade. There is a strong order to the building’s outward
expression, a simple rhythm over the three principle facades. The ex-industrial urban fabric around the building is somewhat disparate in architectural language but the older buildings are high quality and have been, in many cases, reused as offices for start-ups, cool restaurants and artisan industries, this building had to be a part of this fabric and stand out.
warehaus drawing
warehaus facade
While other new buildings exist in the area, the Warehaus will be seen as a starting point for future development, three adjacent sites already appear to be following in its wake. The ‘Gothic’ brick is used in a simple stretcher bond to demonstrate the main structural elements while soldier coursing and stack bonding create and emphasise the inset panels around the windows, the brick soffits, created with
bonded slips help deepen the facades and bring the material into the side walls of the recessed balconies. The brick creates safe and enclosing external spaces, places that might retain some warmth and protection to be used throughout the year. The brick is used internally in the studio units at Lower Ground and Ground Floor giving the feeling of solidity in a way a vaulted cellar does.
warehaus brick facade
warehaus brick detail
The roof had to be strong and bold. It couldn’t diffuse into the sky. It is a plinth for the roof garden and swimming pool. The glass bottomed swimming
pool gives the atrium beautiful light which adds to the sparkling artwork by Kerry Lemon, the aqua blue vinyl flooring and the brass handrail with an overall nautical effect.
warehaus roof pavilion
warehaus roof
warehaus early pool sketch
warehaus pool
The atrium, as a circulation method, makes it an event, a pleasing space to pass through on your way home. The primary driver was to encourage use of the stair rather than the lift and therefore enliven the space,
the stair then became the feature itself. A slim full height window to the side of the flat entrance door has an etched bronze plate sandwiched between the glass, a feature again by the artist and incorporating the flat number.
warehaus atrium
warehaus atrium sketch
The flats are open, no corridors, high ceilings, exposed concrete structure, no having to pass through three doors to go anywhere in the flat, no dark corridors and every square meter a usable and attractive space. The balcony becomes an extension of the living space and bedrooms and the enclosing brick outside
becomes part of the decor, always evident from inside.
The building has a strong presence in the ever-changing and latest hotspot in Hackney, from the railway line passing nearby and from the street below, the building expresses its materiality, energy and functionality and stands out as an exemplary way forward for local regeneration.
warehaus ceiling detail
Project: Warehaus
Address: 1G Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, E8 3DQ
Architect: Lynas Architecture
Client: Union Developments

Facts:
– Planning was approved in October 2012
– The building was completed in June 2015
– 30 residential
units (9 x 1 bed, 11 x 2 bed and 10 x 3 bed)
– 3 ground floor duplex commercial studio spaces (B1)
– Glass bottomed rooftop swimming pool and shared garden
warehaus light through window
Downs Road    
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downs road elevation
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Holmes Road    
holmes road exterior
45 Holmes Road continues our approach of mixing residential with small commercial spaces to create a vibrant community and eclectic mix of people in
one place. The scheme redevelops a run-down light industrial building, replacing the use with a similar but contemporary business use adding 8 residential units above.  
holmes road interior
holmes road overview
Arthaus    
arthaus atrium
arthaus facade
arthaus facade detail
arthaus exterior
arthaus at dusk
arthaus interior
Anton Mews    
Anton street exterior 2
Anton street overview sketch
anton street exterior 1
Mare Street    
mare street interior
mare street exterior
mare street section
mare street sketch
Small Projects    
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