Client: Cundall Birmingham / photographs by Quentin Lake /
Structural Engineer + MEP: Cundall / Contractor: Paragon / Staircase: Meer End Joinery / Joinery: Top Notch Joinery / Bespoke desks: Creative base
Our Holistic Office project for Engineering firm Cundall’s Birmingham office was completed late last year and has recently been featured in Dezeen. The helical stair is a central signifier that connects the newly occupied floor to the existing, intended as a visually engaging centre piece of the workplace that also promotes physical activity by its use. The project seeks to be the first WELL Standard Platinum accredited project in the UK.Read More
Client: Cundall Birmingham / Stair Engineering: Cundall / Staircase fabrication:
Meer End Joinery / Film: Chris Waters
Making the Trestle Stair
We have made a short film of the making of our helical stair for our Holistic Office project for Cundall Birmingham.
The project involved the construction of two load bearing York brick vaults in the back yard of the house to create in enclosed courtyard garden. The materials are purposefully very simple and robust. The floor is exposed screed the taps were very made from various assembled chrome parts including radiator valve handles which were stripped back to their inner brass. The attic stair is CNC cut birch plywood. The project has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Yorkshire Post, Grand Designs Magazine, Architects Journal Specification Issue, Detail magazine and Dezeen.Read More
The Clearing News
We are pleased to announce that our Folkestone Triennial project The Clearing will now be a permanent installation as part of the Folkestone Artworks Collection and is open to the public to visit at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone. Here are some new photos of the space by photographer and friend of the studio Philip Panting.
A Room For Two
Our project for to create a bedroom for two siblings in London’s Barbican Estate has been featured in Dezeen, The Sunday Times, Barbican Life magazine and in the book Homework published by Thames & Hudson. It was listed as one of Dezeen’s top ten residential interiors of 2017.Read More
1st place in competition organised by Hackney Council / designed in collaboration with Ricardo Gomes of KWY
Another project from the archive, New Victorian was a parametric design for a set of railings for a new housing development commissioned by Hackney Council in London and designed in collaboration with Ricardo Gomes of KWY. Inspired by London’s ornate Victorian railings as well the neighbourhood’s prominence as a centre of the silk weaving industry in the 17th and 18th centuries and is inspired by the neighbourhood’s new status as a vibrant technology hub - the work is a mediation between these two identities.Read More
Den Frie, Copenhagen, 2014 / exhibition designed in collaboration with Ricardo
Gomes of KWY / pottery by Julian Stair / photographs by Lior Zilberstein
+ Frida Gregersen / production assistance: Luise Marter
From the archive: This exhibition design project was carried out in collaboration with the potter Julian Stair and Ricardo Gomes of KWY as part of the exhibition titled “techne, n.: A convergence between art, craftsmanship and architecture” at the Den Frie museum in Copenhagen which was curated by Ben Allen and Ricardo Gomes in 2014. “The walls are built from plastered building blocks and articulated with Den Frie’s sculpture gallery space. The jars are displayed either in niches, on partially deconstructed walls or on ledges”.Read More
Folkestone Triennial 2017 / Photos by Thierry Bal (first 4 images) + Paper Boat Documentaries (second 4 images) / Engineer: Format / Fire consulting: Cundall / Contractor: Hub Workshop
The Clearing / Folkestone Triennial 2017
We are excited to announce the opening of our latest project, a public artwork that also serves as the hub space for this years Folkestone Triennial and was commissioned by the Creative Foundation. The Triennial runs from 2 September to 5 November.Read More
Using a traditional cellular layout of a mid 19th century regency villa in North London as a base the movable screens allow different degrees of separation whilst maintaining visual connections afforded by the perforated screens. The screen perforations were parametrically designed using a pattern which allowed more open area where privacy was less critical and less where privacy was more important.
Soane Museum competition / 2014
A look back at one of our projects from 2014. “Memorial to Lost Concentration” was shortlisted in a competition organized by The Soane Museum and Bompass and Parr. Our entry was 3D printed and auctioned by Christies (for a charitable cause). The proposal was featured in the exhibition Monumental Masonry at the Soane Museum. The project was also featured in the Financial Times amongst other publications.Read More
Another project from the archive. In 2012 this project was awarded 3rd place in a competition for a contemporary performance space on Littlehampton sea front on the south coast of England.Read More
Workplace Design / Client: Cundall / Engineering: Cundall / London / 2016 / Photo by Dirk Linder
Talk: Ben Allen at Ecobuild
8th March 2017 13:30: Ben Allen of Studio Ben Allen will be talking about the Well Standard and the practices' approach to workplace design at Ecobuild.
House / London / completion due 2017
Here are some photos of a model that we made for an exciting new residential project that we are working on in North London. We are creating a new kitchen, bathroom, circulation spaces and a landscaped courtyard for a Victorian town house.
Residential design / feasibility study / Berlin / 2016
Late in 2016 we completed a three part feasibility study and masterplan for a early 20th Century West Berlin villa with modernist extension. Here are a number of options we proposed for the development of one or more townhouses in the grounds of the villa.
Office design / Birmingham, England / completion due 2017
We are working on a new Well Standard office design project in Birmingham. Here is a preview of the spiral stair that we are designing to connect the two floors… Some fun discussions with the engineers ahead.
Workplace Design / Client: Cundall / Engineering: Cundall / London / 2016 / Photos by Dirk Linder
One Carter Lane
Completed in early 2015 One Carter Lane is a workplace we designed for engineering company Cundall. It showcases a number of our ideas about the workplace and how it needs to evolve to embrace a more diverse range of types of work including dedicated spaces for research and development in the workplace, more active ways of working and health and wellbeing. The majority of the furniture including the desk system, tables and shelving was designed by us and made locally to tight environmental and sustainability standards underlining Cundall’s commitments as a “One Planet Company”.
The project was the first in Europe to be accredited with the Well Building Standard.