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D2 Architects celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Celebrate 10 Years of Design for D2 Architects with a look at 10 Extraordinary Projects.

Chester-based D2 Architects are turning 10 this year, and to celebrate have launched a new website with a new logo and 10th Anniversary logo; they are also in the process of constructing a new second office. 

D2 has worked alongside clients on a wide variety of projects, ranging from commercial to developer and homeowner. Here, we take a look at 10 extraordinary projects from their portfolio.

Canol Y Cae – North Wales

D2 Architects created a new modern dwelling situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The client wanted the building to reflect traditional rural values of the beautiful North Wales countryside. D2 wanted to connect the old to the new, so they explored key principles such as pitched slate roofs and simple building forms. The end solution was to create two forms – a stone cladding section and rendered clad element. Both sections were then connected with a modern glass link. The result was a simple yet elegant building that is in keeping with the beauty of its rural setting.

Canol Y Cae
Photo by Tom Biddle (www.tombiddle.co.uk)

Carreg Y Llech – North Wales

A retiring farmer in North Wales wanted to build a four-bedroom detached property, complete with a double garage in Carreg Y Llech. The finished result had to blend with the scenic Clwydian Range setting. Contemporary in design, D2 Architects used traditional agricultural materials such as zinc, slate, stone and render. With extensive experience in planning, D2 were able to overcome building and logistical challenges in a rural setting with limited road access. They delivered a solution that was both cost-effective and put safety first. The finished property exceeded the client’s expectations and satisfied local planners.

Carreg Y Llech
Photo by: Tom Biddle (www.tombiddle.co.uk)

Oak Bank – Cheshire

D2 Architects were tasked with elevating a prominent Cheshire home to make it even more impressive. The client wanted to create a modern extension that provided a place to think and reflect. The project needed to work in harmony with the existing dwelling.

D2 worked closely with the client and local authorities to deliver a tailored solution with an architectural typology and feel. The finished result successfully incorporated the original features of the home, connecting the old to the new.


Westminster Park – Cheshire

D2 Architects renovated the plans and elevations of a beautiful home in Chester. The contemporary design improves the layout of the property, with interlocking spaces that accentuate the rear garden. Complete with a spacious and sophisticated kitchen, dining room and living room, the design enhances family living. Contemporary and modern in appearance, the home is a perfect balance between the historic aesthetic of the original building, taking cues from the lines and massing on the original house.

Westminster Park
Westminster Park
The Beeches – Cheshire

The Beeches sits in the heart of the charming Cheshire landscape and D2 Architects was approached to give the traditional house a new lease of life. The client’s brief was to better connect the living space with its extensive gardens, opening endless views across the Cheshire plains. The finished result had to meet the principal requirement for a large open plan kitchen, dining, and living space. A contrasting timber and metal-clad extension established its own identity alongside the existing house, reflecting its lines and proportions. Bi-folding doors, polished concrete floors and an industrial oak and steel staircase all contributed to the renewed character of the property.

The Beeches
The Beeches
Ffron Ystrad – North Wales

D2 Architects turned their vision into reality when they renovated an old derelict North Wales farmhouse. The key design principles involved changes in level, orientation and local vernacular while meeting the requirements of the local authority. The finished outcome is an impressive luxury home that provides contemporary accommodation that is ideal for a family dynamic. The rejuvenated farmhouse comes with panoramic views of the Clwydian Range.

Photo by: Tom Biddle (www.tombiddle.co.uk)
Gordon Lane – Cheshire

D2 Architects completely remodeled this 1970s property to overcome the compartmentalised internal arrangement. The design incorporated a large, sociable kitchen with open plan dining and living areas. The new layout also features a two-storey extension. D2 Architects also assisted in the planning permission process and additional assistance with the cladding design.

Gordon Lane
Gordon Lane
Welsh Mountain Zoo – Snow Leopard Enclosure – North Wales

Welsh Mountain Zoo is a popular attraction in North Wales. The new Silk Road Development required a brand-new Snow Leopard Enclosure. D2 Architects were appointed to inspire a sense of awe with its approach to zoo design. Incorporating indigenous architecture inspired by the natural habitat of snow leopards, the main housing is a contemporary interpretation of a hill-style temple vernacular. The enclosure is connected to the rest of the attraction with surrounding paths and raised walkways. With built-in platforms, visitors can access viewing points across the enclosure and the Carneddau Mountains and Colwyn Bay in the distance.

Snow Leopards
Snow Leopards

The Fisheries – North Wales

Situated in the beautiful North Wales countryside on the edge of a private lake is The Fisheries, a newly built home and exceptional piece of architecture. D2 Architects were chosen to design the property and combined modern materials with traditional forms. The finished result is a testament to D2’s extensive experience in property design as well as the client’s commitment to quality and attention to detail.

The Fisheries
The Fisheries
Tyn Y Wern – North Wales

D2 Architects designed a new countryside dwelling in North Wales. The client wanted to elevate the leafy garden spaces and views across the landscape. It was important to accentuate the rural setting and complement a series of existing agricultural barns adjacent to the site. D2 approached the project with careful consideration and collaboration with Denbighshire County Council’s planning department. The finished result was a play on traditional form with a simple contemporary twist.


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