Andy Martin was born in Sidney, Australia. He studied architecture at the University of Technology, and completed his training at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, after which he worked with Will Alsop in London. He started a small practice in Sidney in 1989 but then he moved to Paris in 1992 where he met and begun working with Marc Newson on architectural projects. Established in 2000 and based in London, AMA is a new generation architectural practice.
The studio incorporates architects, interior designer, furniture, lighting, and product designers. Andy, who has worked with some illustrious names in design and creative fields, creating some of the most memorable spaces in London and around the globe. He lives in a mews house, which he designed in Notting Hill Gate with his wife, Madeleine Heide Paus, an art consultant, and their two children Eero and Panama. Mews 03 is a single residence set in fashionable Notting Hill Gate. Andy wanted this existing 2 levels modest mews house to be redeveloped into a 4 levels family home, and to be a private cocoon but open to the elements.
An important aspect of this building is the way AMA have managed to capture the available light creatively, using glazed and wooden screens, and even natural vegetation screens giving all the spaces a unique atmosphere throughout the day and night. One of the abutting walls is clad throughout with Douglas Fir giving one the impression that the building is some fixed back to neatly constructed barn. AMA are architects of strong powerful contrasts. The architecture not only lives with but is positively by its contradictions: elegance and texture, weight and weightlessness and, above all, light and dark.