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The Sponge Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

Private Homes

Based in Dalston, East London, we take pride in our achievements in creating unique

residential projects that are tailored to our client's individual needs. Our team of experienced architects and designers deliver outstanding results, no matter the size or complexity of the project.

We believe that residential architecture is about more than just aesthetics or practical use; it is an expression of who we are and how we live - a tale of home and a sense of belonging. We dedicate our time to knowing our clients and their personal preferences so that we can create a design that suits their lifestyle and can be enjoyed long into the future.

We strive to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every project. We combine our expertise in design and architecture with the latest technologies - particularly in retrofit and ecological sustainability - to create truly impressive creations.

The importance of creating a comfortable and joyful home is our priority. That is why we always take the time to ensure that our designs are compliant with the latest building regulations, and improved indoor quality with the right temperature.

The environmental and ecological sustainable impacts are priorities in our works, and we are keen to adopt sustainable building materials and systems. As we treat each projects as a research opportunity, we share what we have found or tested with our clients, consultants and general public to advocate an open spirit of knowledge sharing in creating modern, well-designed homes.

Unagru's ethos in business is to deliver good design qualities beyond our clients' expectations and betterment in a society or environment. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of quality and customer service. We have years of experience in delivering outstanding results, and we always strive to exceed expectations. We are confident that our team will work closely with you to ensure that your project is completed on time and within budget.

The Sponge Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

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Our Services Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

We understand that each project is unique, and we aspire to create designs that are both aesthetically pleasing, practical and environmentally conscious. We use a creative approach to design, blending traditional craftsmanship with modern materials and technologies to create innovative, functional and sustainable solutions for our clients.


Over the years, we gained our experience in architectural, interior, and urbanism design with a wide range of projects, from modern, mixed-use developments to Listed Buildings renovations.


Our contracts refer to the RIBA Plan of Work. By using the guidelines we have outlined below the design and construction stages, so you know what to expect at each stage.

To find out more, get a copy here.

Our Process

Our Fee and Three Levels of Service

We know that not all clients or projects require the same level of effort. Therefore, we offer three degrees of service.


[1] Basic level is ideal for experienced clients, usually property developers. We provide drawings up to a reasonable level of detail, allowing approval from Building Control. We will also attend site visits to check and advise on the project's progress.


[2] Standard Level is supported by a Full Architectural Service Contract defined by the RIBA Plan of Work. It includes general architectural services and will provide the ideal support during all stages of the design and construction processes. Compared to the Outstanding Design Service described below, the clients will be more involved in the detailed process of choosing and ordering finishes and some aspects of the relationship with the builder.


[3] Outstanding Design Service is dedicated to working on projects with a wider spectrum of ambition and more invested time with our clients. The outcomes aimed to be exceptionally unique by working closely with our consultants and clients, placing more effort into the design and project management process. We commit to delivering more than functional requirements but also strive for excellence that will add value to the property. Examples such as The Sponge and House for A Cellist are great successes as award-winning projects that are inspiring and unconventional.


Percentage Benchmark

Fees are always calculated in terms of the amount of work required, and our most popular way of calculating the final fee is as a percentage of construction cost. This method allows adapting the fees to the dynamics of the projects, subject to the volatility in the construction industry. Having a percentage reference avoids the need to review the fees at every stage. The following scale helps us calculate Standard Service fees in relation to the net construction cost*.

18%        at             £50,000

15%        at             £100,000

12%        at             £250,000

11%        at             £500,000

10%        at             £1,000,000

  9%        at             £2,000,000

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*An additional 1-2% should be added for works to Listed Buildings, depending on the complexity of the services required. 

Peckham Courtyard Dowlas Street Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

Conceptual montage of Peckham Courtyard

Peckham Courtyard Dowlas Street Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

Peckham Courtyard during construction

Peckham Courtyard Dowlas Street Unagru Architecture Urbanism East London Architects

Completion of Peckham Courtyard

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