A desire to make buildings that are surprising in their context but somehow feel right. An ambition to make buildings that use less energy, and feel good to be in. Named after one of the founding partners of Feilden Clegg Bradley, the award is given to the housing project that is considered to best exemplify an inclusive affordable development.
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The award is particularly meaningful to Mole, as great admirers of the humane sustainable buildings for which Feilden Clegg Bradley are well known. Fijal grabs another win at the Surface Design Awards , picking up the best Housing Exterior Surface for its striking brick exterior.
But Mole may be coming up for air. Its external simplicity of white-painted brick and zinc belies a far more nuanced internal treatment that makes distinctions between public and private areas. Perhaps next year will see the firm with a clutch of awards.
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Mole, it seems, is coming out of the shadows. Our concept models for two new workplace buildings have gone on show in an exhibition at Greenwich Peninsular. Designed for developers Knight Dragon, the buildings form part of a new district of low-cost rent for creative sector industries. The models present the metal-clad buildings as jewellery boxes, open to expose the timber interiors and set up on the piled foundations.
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Mole Architects worked in partnership with Wilkinson Eyre on Lot 1, the centre-most area of the masterplan, which included a range of mixed uses to serve this new city district. Our project for The University of Cambridge, as part of the first phases of Eddington, was completed in February Mole Architects designed three linked buildings, including a health centre, estates offices and postgraduate apartments as part of a larger proposal for an ambitious new city quarter, involving an intensive programme of collaboration with other professionals over many years.
Mole are working with developers TOWNhus, Cambridge Cohousing Ltd and contractors Coulson Building Group to deliver this unit custom build co-housing scheme in Cambridge, the first of its kind in the city. We are using an innovative pre-fabricated timber frame system to construct the houses, and a cross-laminated timber system for the apartment and community buildings. Due for completion in , this scheme innovates in briefing, specification and construction, with high levels of technical performance, providing this new community with a beautiful place to live. Sustainability is a big one for , with materials being sensitively chosen to complement their natural surroundings, such as for the new visitor centre and viewing platform at Walthamstow Wetlands.
Characterful, historic buildings are being regenerated and reused rather than demolished. The Department Store in Brixton , a former dilapidated department store from that has been renovated to provide work and social spaces for small businesses, is an excellent example. Knox Bhavan Studio , the smart restoration of a former Peckham stationery shop into an office for an architecture firm, is another, as is the elegant renovation of an Art Deco office at 25 Savile Row in Mayfair. In Liverpool , the rundown Royal Court has been stripped back to its bones and given a makeover that retains its original, hardworking spirit.
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