Projects

Îlot 19 La Défense-Nanterre, France

Îlot 19 is the first new housing to have been built in La Défense for  30 years. It is radical in its approach to mixed-tenure residential design: while affordable housing is often designed to look simple and inexpensive, Ilot 19 is a highly crafted building that, regardless of affluence, provides an empowering living experience through its structure, massing, circulation and...

Ismaili Center Houston

Situated on Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard, the Ismaili Center is commissioned by His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. Dedicated to advancing pluralism, public understanding and civic outreach, the Center in Houston joins its counterparts established in London (UK), Lisbon (Portugal), Dubai...

Separation and unity, Lot 19 Residential Block, La Défense–Nanterre

Separation and unity  Lot 19 Residential Block, La Défense–Nanterre In a 1977 lecture titled “How to live together”, Roland Barthes asked: how distant from others must we keep ourselves to develop a sociability with them, whilst maintaining our individual freedom? Two years later, Pierre Bourdieu produced a stratified map of social space and argued that social capital is not...

Zabludowicz Collection extension, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London

John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex, Leicester

Commissioned within a larger city centre regeneration scheme, the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex challenge the conventional blank envelopes which typify these buildings and explore ways for them to connect to an urban context. The department store skin has been designed as a ‘net curtain’ to permit interior arrangements to be changed without creating exterior clutter at the same...

La Folie Divine, Montpellier

La Folie Divine is the first of two apartment buildings, described as ‘folies’, which have been commissioned by the City of Montpellier in the eighteenth century tradition of grand mansions surrounded by gardens. The nine-storey tower redefines the notion of luxury through offering privacy and flexibility. Its compact footprint frees up surrounding land to become a landscaped setting. The...

Yokohama International Port Terminal, Yokohama, Japan

The Yokohama International Port Terminal disrupts the sense of monumentality that typifies passenger port terminals and contributes to their isolation from daily life. In order to combat this, the terminal has been designed to merge with the landscape of the city’s harbor and serve as a public space. Instead of providing the specialized and isolated routes that are normally found in terminals,...

Magdalene Odundo: the Journey of Things, The Hepworth Wakefield

Kenyan-born Magdalene Odundo OBE is one of the world’s most esteemed ceramic artists. This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work. The FMA designed...

Is this Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery, London

The world is defined by diversity: different ideas, people and things. Borders between countries that have become sites of contention during the last two decades – such as the border between Mexico and the USA, between Spain and Morocco, between China and North Korea, between Iran and Pakistan, between India and Burma, between Kuwait and Iraq – intend to eliminate diversity by blocking free...

Private House, Hove

National Portrait Gallery, London

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130 Fenchurch Street, London

The new building at 130 Fenchurch Street is designed as a 17-storey mid-rise tower providing 26,007sqm NIA (279,938sqft) of Grade A commercial office space. The site of 130 Fenchurch Street is located in the City of London’s ‘Eastern Cluster’, an area within London’s cityscape which is designated for change to accommodate the ongoing growth of the City. The footprint of the site is...

Carabanchel Social Housing, Madrid

The Carabanchel social housing project is one hundred social housing units on the outskirts of Madrid.  Its site, located within a regeneration area, is bounded by a new urban park on the west and on the north, east and south with similar housing blocks. Regulations set the number of units and the percentages of every size. The maximum height was also a constraint, but not the alignment...

Harrods Toys Department, London

The design of Harrods Toys Department celebrates toys in a gender neutral environment and provides a sensory experience to distinguish shopping for toys at Harrods from buying the same toys online.  The concept uses colour to encourage children to interact with the space in a similar way that children’s books, such as Victorian pop-up tunnel books, require participation by their young...

Victoria Beckham Flagship Store, London

The Victoria Beckham flagship store is located within a three-storey Georgian townhouse on Dover Street in London’s Mayfair. Modelled on the typology of a gallery, it has a simple frameless glass frontage without a window display, encouraging views of a dramatic, three-storey interior. The design aims to provide the sense of transience, unpredictability and exploration that underpins...

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA

MOCA Cleveland is a contemporary art museum designed to serve as a public ‘living room’ in a cosmopolitan Cleveland neighborhood, and to act as a catalyst for creativity and growth for the city. Its twisting architectural form shifts from a compact hexagonal base to a rectangular roof, creating a new public plaza, a soaring atrium and a dynamic double-decker staircase. Located at a busy...

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Harrods World

Gare de Noisy-Champs, Paris

One of the unique characteristics of any metro is the way it brings strangers into contact with one another. It is a readymade space of cultural exchange. In much the same way as browsing the internet is a journey of accident and experimentation which can lead people to the discovery of things they may not have been looking for, so too a station is a space which produces new and surprising...

Old Street station, London

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OSZ Chemistry Physics Biology, Berlin

The new science college building for the OSZ in Berlin Neukoelln, is situated in the north-east of the site to create a well-lit south facing garden. The building volume is bent to orientate itself towards the garden and establish a dialogue with it. This introduces a curvature to the building floor plans which also has the advantage of bending the internal corridors which connect the different...

National Stadium Japan, Tokyo

We have approached the design of the overall site around the concept of the “Stadium in the Park”, where the stadium is placed within a continuous green landscape that mediates between different levels of the site with its various slopes and berms and two landbridges that cross over the Tokyo Metropolitan Road No. 418, and over Ward Route 43-690 to the south. The landscape surrounding the...

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, London

The site of the bridge is located along the River Thames to connect Nine Elms Riverside (US Embassy / Embassy Gardens) to Pimlico Gardens. The bridge is intended to provide walk and cycle access between a number of popular destinations such as between the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, Victoria Station and Westminster Cathedral. To enable this crossing, it must span approximately 220m over The...

Whitechapel Market Arboretum, London

Whitechapel market, located between Vallance Road on the west and Cambridge Heath Road on the east, is a vibrant and diverse local urban destination that attracts both regular visitors as well as people from all over London. The market on the north side of Whitechapel Road and opposite the Royal London Hospital, stands behind a line of mature trees and exists as an informal bricolage of folding...

Private Villa, Burnier, Switzerland

The site, located on a hillside of the exclusive north bank of Lake Geneva, benefits from a spectacular view of the mountain at Thollon les Mémisis. The villa, comprising of five bedrooms, a large entertainment suite, pool and spa area, home office, underground garage and wine cellar, is designed with a simple mass, to appear like a floating minimal sculpture within its terraced garden that...

South-East Coastal Park, Barcelona

The South-East Coastal Park and Auditoriums was part of the infrastructure built by the City of Barcelona as Host City for the International Forum of Cultures in 2004 and was required to provide two open-air auditoriums and abundant vegetation in a coastal location exposed to salty breeze. The site for the park was located in an area of reclaimed land and one of its other requirements was to...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Swimming Pool, London

The Wapping pier head is comprised of two elements of special interest: mature green landscape and proximity to water. Presently these are connected by a small slope that fails to bring people in contact with the Thames. The site is therefore a great opportunity to create a modest but dynamic public space facing the river. The proposal evaluates the existing elements on the site with the aim...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Waterpark, London

London is already home to nearly eight and a half million people, and as number of people living and working in the city grows, its leisure spaces become even more crucial to alleviate the intensity of urban life. Current leisure spaces are already in high demand, and in light of the city's continuous population growth there there is a clear mandate for all large developable spaces to include new...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Cycle Bridge, London

This proposal for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames was developed to create much-needed connections between Limehouse and Rotherhithe, linking existing walking and cycle routes between Barclay's Cycle Highway and Regent's Canal, Limehouse Cut and the Thames Path and the Thames Cultural Cycle Route and the Russia Dock Woodland. Designed as a large loop, the bridge rises...

Les Galeries Lafayette, 52 Av. Des Champs-Élysées, Paris

The Galeries Lafayette 52 AV. Des Champs-Élysées project is a competition proposal for a new concept department store on four floors of an existing building on Avenue Des Champs-Élysées. The existing building includes a central atrium with an art deco glass dome, marble-clad steel structural columns and a grand stair connecting the ground to the first floor. Its ground floor is small compared...

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