References, reflections and studies capture the thinking, making and design stages within the studio

On Site: Fish Island Village 
—Concrete and steel entry lobby at Fish Island Village
In the Studio: Auditoriums 
—Modelling flexible auditorium layouts
On Site: Creative demolition at Knights Park 
—Temporary props hold up the existing roof in advance of the new steel frame
From The Archive: Cambridge, Massachusetts 
—Early morning at the Carpenter Centre
In the Studio: Gingerbread Housing 
—Gingerbread tower assembly session for the Museum of Architecture at the V&A
On Site: Albert Island 
—A plane lands at London City Airport, seen from our Albert Island site. The relationship to the airport is a key consideration in the masterplan design.
In the Studio: Samples 
—Carpet discussions for Theatre Royal Drury Lane
On Site: Texture 
—Play of light and shadow, mornings at the Bristol Old Vic
Reference: Entrance for Elephants 
—Entrance to the Malmö Stadsteater. Formerly used by elephants
In the Studio: Sketching 
—Overlay sketching on the Warburg Institute visuals
Reference: Handrail 
—Walter Segal handrail, London, 1950, steel and sapele
On Site: Etching Press at Knights Park 
—The etching press is now in the printmaking workshop at the Knights Park campus, Kingston School of Art
On Site: Grand Hall 
—Finishing touches to the Grand Hall plywood lattice ceiling at Battersea Arts Centre
From The Archive: Bridge Theatre light 
—The Bridge Theatre light is a pendant fitting made of copper mesh, each one is unique due to its hand formed nature.
On Site: Precast concrete 
—On-site processing plant for precast concrete paving at Fish Island
Reference: Markings in Porto 
—Planned and unplanned, formal and informal, anarchy versus order.
On Site: Corten steel shutters for the Bristol Old Vic 
—Prototyping waterjet cut artwork based on two interwoven poems. First by David Garrick from the Theatre Royal prologue written in 1766, he also did a spoken work performance to announce the opening of the original theatre. And second by Miles Chambers, former Bristol City Poet.
Study Trip: Porto 
—Alvaro Siza's Bouca Casas Socials, an alternative to British Standards: narrow entrance doors, stepped planting, stepped access and visible clothes drying opportunities.
In the Studio: Sarah and Safa 
—Placements for school leavers and students are well supported in the office and add to the culture and experience of the whole office.
In Progress: Working 'yard' spaces 
—This typology appears in a lot of our work at the moment. This is in response to the need to keep work places within the city, endeavouring to provide truly integrated city culture.
On Site: Concrete Testing 
—Thinking by doing: Exploring the range of interesting work undertaken by the labs at Kingston University, including these concrete stress tests.
On Site: NT Deck 
—The timber diagrid for the National Theatre’s new rooftop events pavilion is craned into place. The timber structure was pre-fabricated in workshops in York, assembled on the Southbank over three hours and then craned onto the third floor roof deck in under six minutes.
In Progress: 'Use-less' building research 
—Graham Haworth has personally led some research into multi functional buildings, including a mix of uses ranging from maker spaces, workshops and studio spaces. This is brought into live projects such as Fish Island, where the project is being developed in collaboration with the Trampery.
On Site: Colour options 
—A selection of painted sample boards tested on site in order to be developed into large scale mock-ups. The colours match historic precedents and some are made using traditional methods.
In the Studio: Design Review 
—Battersea Arts Centre: In-house design review exploring options for lattice ceiling perforation pattern. Using 1:25 large scale models allows us to ‘get into’ the space and test each configuration.
In Progress: Facades 
—In-house laser cut models, veneered, exploring facade depth and materiality on the corner gateway building to Phase 3. Full balconies, Juliette balconies, brick and metal spandrel panels with variable depth piers.
From The Archive: Working with Artists 
—Grenville Davey sculpture at Cobbs Lane. We enjoy collaborating with visual artists, and have built a number of fruitful ongoing relationships over successive projects. Artists bring a fresh, questioning energy to the design conversation, challenging linear thinking and opening up unexpected avenues of investigation.
On Site: View across Battersea 
—View from the Battersea Arts Centre Grand Hall scaffolding towards the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.
In Progress: Colour study 
—Prior to the current brick horizontal banded design for Network Housing in Wembley, we explored a very different material approach to the facades. Inspired by 1930's Metro Land architecture, smooth matt GRC panels with curved corner profiles contrasted with glossy concave terracotta vertical panels between the windows. Subtle terracotta colour variations created visual movement across the facade.
Study Trip: Porto 
—Our trip to Porto was a small ‘homage’ to Siza. We were all fascinated with Siza’s choreography of the arrival experience. The sequence from entrance, to threshold, to entry, and in this case, descent, is always masterfully accomplished and relevant across the studio.