Peter Reime - Freelance Architect & Photographer
A conversion and extension of an old school building to a large single family dwelling in the Georgian city of Tbilisi. Incorporating much of the old structure and adding a sympathetic contemporary extension including a small pool and separate office & garage building.
A large extension to a 700 year old public house for the Michelin Star Galvin Brothers that added a whole new kitchen and restaurant to it. Set in the beautiful countryside near Chelmsford ,it has won several awards.
Designed for a local chicken based fast casual restaurant in Beirut. It's design took inspiration from large agricultural sheds with a sophisticated twist.
This Pub refurbishment near Spitalfields Market, London run by the Michelin Star Galvin Brothers was the winner of several awards. Previously a cafe, it was converted to a small pub and bar with its stand-out feature of 3 large polished copper tanks suspended over the bar.
Working for DesignLSM on the redevelopment of an existing shipping mall in the plinth of the Index tower in Dubai. The project included proposals for a large floating restaurant design and external landscaping.
Working for DesignLSM I was the Executive Architect on the project for world-renowned US designers CetraRuddy. This large D&D run restaurant and bar is at the top of a 20 story tower-block in the Spinningfields district of Manchester.
I studied Architecture at Brighton University before working for several award winning practices. I currently live in Brighton, East Sussex.
The 10 principles of good design by Dieter Rams may be targeted at product design but they are just as applicable to architecture and in many ways are my guiding principles. Still as valid today as they were when he first expressed them in the 1970s, they offer a path to good architecture and with it a happy client.
Good architecture can help address most of the problems that currently trouble our planet, from social inequality due to poor housing and urban planning to negative impacts on our eco system and health.
Good architecture can help its occupants overcome the stresses and challenges of everyday life and help them minimise their ecological footprint. A thoughtful architect can help make that difference with safe and sustainable designs that are both beautiful and functional. By developing fully inclusive strategic plans and concepts Architects can utilise their training and wealth of experience to craft a better built environment; ensuring that details are fully conceptualised at the outset and not left as an afterthought. Good design has to work at all levels to succeed. To quote Peter Zumthor: “Details, when they are successful, are not mere decoration. They do not distract or entertain. They lead to an understanding of the whole of which they are an inherent part.”
Lastly there is the challenge in any design: to achieve it within the budget of the project. Whilst that can seem limiting at times, it often brings out some of the most creative solutions and should be seen as a challenge to try and attain the seemingly impossible.
My earliest influences were my two grandfathers. My English Grandfather taught me the value of paying attention to detail and being thorough (“measure twice cut once” was his favourite saying) and as an engineer, awoke my interest in understanding how things fitted together and worked. My German Grandfather, who was also an Architect, opened me up to the built environment and how as an architect he had a duty to both his client and society as a whole. His philosophy was “when Function and Form are in harmony, then you have architecture” and that has been a guiding principle for me throughout my career.
As a result of those early influences I have been drawn to and inspired by architects and designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Zumthor, Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Steven Ehrlich, Thomas Heatherwick, TEN Arqitectos and Dieter Rams.
I came into photography like most of us do, from taking typical holiday and family snaps . I started to find myself focusing more on composition and other technical skills and found my work improving greatly. Architectural photography was a natural progression out of the need for photographing my own work. This expanded into landscape, portrait and event photography over time, with the same keen eye for detail and telling a story I have as an Architect. You can find a portfolio of my photographic work here https://peterreime.myportfolio.com/