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

In Progress: Facade mock up 
—Mocking up the placement for some of the 240 barn door lights planned for The Old Vic facade
In the Studio: Lighting design 
—Developing a prototype for interior lighting design
On Site: Precast panels 
—Precast concrete panel detail, part of a 1:1 scale mock-up at Wembley North East Lands. Assembled off site, these form a vital stage in benchmarking the concrete finishes. The elevational treatments at the development feature of a mixture of panel designs
In Progress: Mortar selection 
—Selecting dry silo mix natural mortars with the planners for our Wood Street project in Waltham Forest. The bricks and precast have been chosen to emulate the old library building previously on this site, features of which will be reused in the facade
Study Trip: Building tour 
—Building tours are part of our studio calendar: both visiting work by other architects, and taking them around ours. Here at Sergison Bates' Hampstead mansion block
On Site: Material reuse 
—Fit out has commenced within 6 Mill Lane on our Cambridge project for Pembroke College. Where possible we are reusing the existing materials within the space, including using existing shelving as backing material for the new services in the cafe
In Progress: Mock-up 
—Visiting Sapphire Balconies R&D space to inspect a full scale mock-up balcony, as part of our Wembley Park project. This gave us an opportunity to agree key details and junctions, including how the balcony meets the precast façade
On Site: Aerial ramp 
—Steelwork complete for the helical ramp at Barking Industra
Awards: AJ100 
—Haworth Tompkins has been named AJ100 Practice of the Year 2022, for the second time in three years. AJ's Emily Booth said: "Judges were fulsome in their praise of the practice, the overwhelming winner of this year’s AJ100 Practice of the Year accolade. ‘It’s a forward-thinking, genuine practice and a well-deserving winner – impressive on all fronts,’ they enthused. No stranger to the Practice of the Year award (the studio won in 2020, when it was also named New Member of the Year), Haworth Tompkins has proclaimed a ‘bumper’ 30th anniversary year, with turnover increasing from £7 million to £10 million and its headcount of qualified architects rising from 53 to 62. Quite simply, as our judges said: ‘It’s a comprehensive approach to practice management and excellence.’"
In the Studio: Photographing massing model 
—Jonni Woo and Ellie Sampson photographing a finnboard, card and foam massing model at our Kentish Town studio
In Progress: Public consultation 
—Building on a series of co-design events, we invited the community to help develop ideas for the Gourley Triangle site in Tottenham at a public consultation event led by Haringey Council. Discussions focussed on the design of new public spaces, opportunities for new creative workspace and commercial space, and mechanisms for retaining and enhancing the historic character of the site
On Site: Barking Industria 
—The galvanised steel construction of the helical ramp is now complete, with the north block frame fast approaching. The ramp will enable access to the Flatted Factory and SME units making up this stacked, industrial development
In Progress: Prototype workspace 
—Our high performing workspace provides a flexible framework that intensifies and unlocks an industrial site in Enfield. The building is a vibrant ecosystem which accommodates existing light industrial businesses and attracts new or growing start ups to the area. There are ‘lock up and leave’ units at ground floor accessed via a vehicle yard; dynamic co-working spaces at second and third floor; and rentable hydroponic greenhouses at roof level
On Site: Tracking progress 
—Progress in Cambridge for the Pembroke College, Mill Lane Development, with the exposed oak glulam frame, CLT deck and facing brickwork beginning to emerge on site
Report: Performing Arts 
—We have been immersed in thinking about, talking about, designing and experiencing performing arts buildings for three decades now, working with many of the world’s most influential show makers. Here is a booklet looking at our approach to these projects. Click on the link, or the arrow, to view
On Site: Cut concrete slab 
—Concrete slab cut to create a new opening for the stair at King's House - reconfiguring the circulation has been key in making the building suitable for use by King's Cross Church. We have retained as much as possible of the existing building fabric, and left edges such as this exposed telling part of the story of the building's history
On Site: Mornings on site 
—The precast facades of our blocks at Blackwall Reach are almost all installed, with interior work ongoing for completion later this year
On Site: Improving acoustics 
—Improving the acoustics in the Malmö Stadsteater auditorium, which is housed in a space with a high, domed roof. The existing acoustic cylinders were removed, followed by the installation of folding acoustic panels, fitted into the spaces between the beams and joists, each panel cut to a unique shape to allow for the curved shape of the dome
In the Studio: Model shelves 
—Shelves full of often referenced, in progress and concept driven models in our workshop. At HT, models are used to communicate ideas and proposals within teams, and to clients, throughout the design process
In Progress: Barking piling 
—Working technical drawing from our substructure design at Barking Industria; very high loads from stacked industrial floorplates result in a dense grid of piles
On Site: Pembroke rose window 
—Restoration has commenced of the stained glass windows within the Grade II listed former Emmanuel United Reform Church as part of our Pembroke College, Cambridge project. Whilst the William Morris stained glass will stay in place, the prominent rose window facing Trumpington Street will be carefully removed, sensitively restored, cleaned and reinstated. Once reinstalled, the window will brighten the new performance and lecture space
On Site: Written in Water 
—Written in Water, the site-specific artwork by William Cobbing is being installed at Fish Island Village. Comprising of a constellation of twelve cast iron plates embedded in the ground, they are integrated into the paving of the new development’s public square and yards, and embossed with quotes or local stories, creating a portal to the area’s past
In the Studio: Virtual collaboration 
—When meeting in person is not possible, teams are using collaborative online whiteboard software to recreate the feel of a studio design review. Here showing design development of auditorium wall panelling for Trafalgar Entertainment in Olympia
In Progress: Sectional model 
—Putting the finishing touches on the 1:50 sectional model of the Old Vic Annex, made from finnboard and paper, for a public consultation
In the Studio: Studio design review 
—Socially-distanced design reviews are taking place in the office now. Getting some height to review drawings always seems to help
On Site: Modular Methods of Construction 
—We continue exploring modular methods of construction; at Blackwall Reach, facade panels have been entirely constructed off-site including window installation at the factory. Employing these methods often can result in significantly reduced build programmes, ensure more uniform quality control, and minimise wastage
In the Studio: Pembroke public art commission 
—Workshop with Associate Director Beatie Blakemore and artist Alison Turnbull, who has undertaken a public art commission for our project with Pembroke College, Cambridge. The ceramic mosaic, within the new Tom Stuart-Smith designed courtyard garden, relates to Alison’s research into Alfred Waterhouse and his work with the College. The artwork will sit in the centre of York stone paving which has been designed to create a Voronoi pattern, contrasting the formal pathways around the site.
In the Studio: Malmö model 
—Foam board and plywood model with paper details, showing the auditorium for Malmö Stadsteater
Study Trip: Porto, Hamburg and Zurich 
—Every year, Haworth Tompkins runs study trips to three different locations with rich architectural history, and invites everyone in the studio to come along. After these trips, we put together booklets to share with the practice what we have seen. Here is our record of 2017, and the three trips to Porto, Hamburg and Zurich. Click on the link, or the arrow, to view
From The Archive: Competition image 
—Competition image for a housing and estate regeneration scheme in London, seeking to retain existing podium play spaces at ground and their connection to the landscape beyond, whilst upgrading and extending the towers that define the edges of each open space. Ink drawing, coloured and textured in Photoshop