The joy of building

The joy of building

All around the globe, children are busy building their world. On beaches and coastlines, they build walls and channels, towers and moats. They array shells and seaweed, debris and driftwood. They shape space. They adapt the environment. They spend hours building… deriving endless fun, satisfaction and pride. Peer into any wooded area – below the..
International Design Awards, USA

International Design Awards, USA

Undercurrent Architects’ VILLA MARBELLA wins THE SILVER INTERNATIONAL DESIGN AWARD with an unbuilt project. The 12th International Design Awards features cutting-edge designs and innovative products from around the world vying for the top prizes in this prestigious award, one of the leading design awards in America. The stellar international Jury evaluated over 3,100 designs from..
Home in an Industrial ruin

Home in an Industrial ruin

A youth playing in building sites and abandoned lots matured into a life long exploration of industrial ruins, meeting many interesting occupants. On a field trip to Melbourne, Australia, we scoured the post industrial fringes of the city. Living at the old Carlton brewery, I met a man who had left his home and family...
Stick Pavilion

Stick Pavilion

Stick Pavilion is a temporary building for travelling exhibitions, the fourth in a series of Pavilions using rapid volumetric erection, low-budget material and installation costs. The Pavilion can be assembled by just about everybody …  it requires no technical skills and is simply a case of attaching cable ties to individual sticks until the preferred..
Archway Studios Policy background

Archway Studios Policy background

  Arches are a hotbed for new ideas thriving on the pulse of the city’s transit system. Archway Studios is a pocket site connected to a railway arch and viaduct in Elephant and Castle, the southern centre of London. The area is severely impacted by overground railway lines converging towards the centre, crossed by other..
Archway Studios Design Footnotes

Archway Studios Design Footnotes

Pocket sites are full of potential; a case of squeezing everything you can from the little you have to start with. Useful references can be anywhere. There was one staring at us from the scrap yard next door. And another further along the trainline. We were inspired by images from the industrial past : a..
Tiny House Competition Juror

Tiny House Competition Juror

The Tiny House Movement seeks to revamp the notions of a home, one’s personal sanctuary through innovations in design and technology. The competition aims to celebrate individuality, redefine sustainability and exalt simple, resourceful living. The Movement is also a platform to explore the avenues of mobile living spaces and the freedom they offer.    
Council changes Law after our Planning approval

Council changes Law after our Planning approval

London Council takes drastic action to restrict planning for railway arches following our Arch-within-arch approval. Undercurrent Architects are long term advocates for the ‘Low-Line’ vision and commend Southwark Council for finally throwing their support behind this. We would however encourage proactive planning and involvement – rather than reactive policy decisions to thwart private initiatives.
Millend Mill AIA Award 2015

Millend Mill AIA Award 2015

Undercurrent Architects’ MILLEND MILL wins ‘BEST CREATIVE REUSE OF AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING’ AWARD at the AIA awards. The awards were held in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK – Birthplace of The Industrial Revolution, as part of the Industrial Heritage Conference, celebrating European Industrial & Technical Heritage Year 2015. Co-hosted with The..
Transcontinental Pavilion

Transcontinental Pavilion

Transcontinental Pavilion is a temporary building for travelling exhibitions, the second in a series of Pavilions using rapid volumetric erection, low-budget material and installation costs. The design celebrates the dawn of tourism, when the few intrepid Travellers returned from distant lands with tales of adventure and souvenirs of wonder. The Pavilion is based on the..
Design Award 2009-10. Wandsworth Council, London

Design Award 2009-10. Wandsworth Council, London

Undercurrent Architects’ PALMWOOD HOUSE wins ‘DESIGN AWARD’ at the Wandsworth Council Awards, London UK. The Wandsworth Design Award was awarded in recognition of both Residential design excellence and our approach to a severely constrained triangular site with Conservation Area controls. The judging panel consisted of councillors, local amenity societies, neighbourhood and community groups