“The entire lower ground floor was unavailable as useable space for our family. We called in nimtim to look at solutions. They listened carefully to what we needed and came back with three alternatives to unlock the space, modelled out in drawings that we could visualise and a very helpful hand-made scale model. Each of the three designs was completely unexpected and took us beyond what we had thought was possible to do with the house.
We have lived in it now for almost 2 years, and it has transformed the house and our lives in it. It is full of light, connected, spacious and open to the garden, while somehow matching and responding to the existing framework and structure of the original Victorian building. We really enjoyed the process, and found nimtim to be incredibly thoughtful and perceptive in how they understood what we thought the house needed, and incredibly creative in how the solved the house and unlocked its potential.”
We make projects that are reflections of the people who commission them, use them, build them, design them. By inviting clients, users, builders, fabricators and collaborators to contribute to a shared vision, we create spaces and places that resonate deeply with the people who use them and helped make them.
We research and analyse the physical, cultural, social context of each site/ neighbourhood/ family/ organisation. We ask lots of questions and take time to listen: we test scenarios (current and future) and ensure everyone is heard.
Every project is unique and our response is as unique for each. We create an atmosphere of collaboration and dialogue where people are unafraid to bring ideas or proposals. Having established a shared vision at the outset, every member of the team is empowered to contribute. We seek to inspire, challenge, delight and by inviting clients and users to feel ownership of these ideas, they become bolder & more ambitious in terms of what the project can be.
We invest in knowledge and research for each project to ensure a deep understanding of that context. We also invest in research and knowledge within the practice in general to build on knowledge from individual projects and to develop new specialisms and areas of expertise that can benefit our clients and create new opportunities for the practice.
Our work has been largely focused on delivering new and reimagined homes for residential clients and we love the challenge and opportunities that this offers. As the projects we are involved with diversify, we are bringing our philosophy of thoughtful co-creation to bigger and more complex projects. Our ambition will remain the same: to create architecture that is bold, thoughtful, playful and that has been conceived by everyone that has been part of the process of making it.
“We knew that resolving the layout of our house was a problem which could be solved but we had never been able to solve it ourselves. nimtim's final design for an extension and remodelling of the ground floor surpassed our expectations of what could be achieved; they had met the brief with considered solutions to our numerous requirements, resolved difficult space planning issues and reflected a personality back into our home."
“From a very limited budget, nimtim reimagined our home into a beautiful, flexible, social living space for cooking, gathering, relaxing and working. They were personable, professional and collaborative throughout the design process and the end result is a shared vision that maximizes their expertise – it’s everything we hoped for and more. They did an amazing job aligning spaces and centralising the corridor with a view to the garden – we have a much better connection to the outside space now, as well as pockets of storage in spaces we didn’t know existed!”
“I came to nimtim with very little idea of what I wanted, my house felt like a jumble of styles that didn’t work together. nimtim took my vague initial brief and created an amazing modern extension that has made my house a much more contemporary and cohesive space.”
“Working with nimtim, we always felt that we were working as a team. nimtim worked with our ideas, using their expertise to open our eyes to new and exciting options. They always sought out, respected and worked with our needs, our thoughts and our tastes.”
“nimtim were asked to help with a total refurb of a 1 bedroom Victorian flat. A collaborative process between owner and architect resulted in an open plan design maximising space, whilst respecting the character of the property. They were able to translate my ideas and expand on it, further improving the idea.
“nimtim were incredibly collaborative. They took our nascent thoughts and vague brief, and made them real, adding their own clever interpretation of our needs along the way. The end result is more than we could ever have imagined - a beautiful new family space that is layered, nuanced, stylish and practical."
"We hired nimtim on the advice of an Architect friend and worked with them through the complete remodelling of our Victorian property and doing a substantial side return extension.
We worked together through the feasibility study and design, they assisted us to put together a striking and unique look that suits us perfectly and works amazingly well as a family home. They were always on hand when needed and stepped us through the entire process. We're extremely happy with the outcome - we've ended up with a stylish and useable property that it feels perfect for us. I couldn't recommend them enough - we'll look to use them again if ever we do subsequent work - they have been brilliant!"
J&A, January 2019
"We are a mental health charity that provides free long term psychotherapy advice and group support for the residents of Lambeth and Southwark. The nimtim team visited our existing premises in order to understand how we currently used our existing space, and to get a granular understanding of what we wanted to achieve. They researched the most cutting-edge and therapeutic mental health cultures and spaces they could find around the world. They immersed themselves in books and ideas, to create a thoughtful, vibrant and creative spaces. They brought the same rigour to the design process; they created 5 different plans with different staff and client configurations. They also helped us to get full costed plans together to take the project to the next stage. The nimtim team exceeded our expectations and we now have a blueprint for how to convert our space into a really innovative space, that blends privacy, with lots of opportunities for group work and conversation. Thank you nimtim. "
“It's a real testament to the amazing, thoughtful and completely unique design you guys produce. We are utterly in love with the house and all of you for completely transforming our lives. We could not have imagined living in anything as awesome as this without you.”
"We chose Nimtim Architects to design our mixed use project and we are so glad we did. Our land is an awkward shape, nestled between commercial and residential property. Nimtim were knowledgable, friendly and professional from the initial feasibility study through to the granting of our development on the first application.
Nimtim have a good understanding of Southwark councils planning policies, procedures and design criteria making the whole process simple and enjoyable.
We can wholeheartedly recommend Nimtim Architects and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.”
M + M, August 2019
“We arrived to Nimtim with clear needs and desires, a specific budget and plenty of limitations. From the start we felt like it was a perfect match. They were able to draw up a clear vision that aligned seamlessly with ours, find creative solutions to every problem and address every little concern we had. They were super professional during the whole process, attentive to all the fine detail, always available and helpful during that tedious process. We felt like we were working with good friends who definitely had our back to make our dream home come true. Our house now matches our every wish and we absolutely love it. Thank you NimTim team!”
E + N July 2019