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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..
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..
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.
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..