Lullaby Factory Wins at AR+D Awards!
We were very honoured to be in such good company as a winner at the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture.
The success of the Lullaby Factory is testament to working with a great client on such a unique project, so thank you to Great Ormond St. Hospital.
‘Studio Weave has proved that it is possible to marry an absorbing narrative with forensic architectural detailing, reconfiguring urban detritus as architectural opportunities and breathing life into dying spaces’.
You can read the full article ‘Pipe Dreams’ by Phineas Harper in AR-Dec-2013
December 2nd, 2013
5 structures in 5 days
This summer Studio in the Woods took place in the ancient woodland of Stanton Park, just outside Swindon. Studio Weave took on the role of coordinating the activities this year, in collaboration with a host of award-winning architects, engineers, and furniture makers as well as 60 participants who camped on-site for five days.
The five structures built during the workshop respond to the various characteristics of the woodland and how our senses interact with these. As part of a wider project of Studio Weave’s at Stanton Park and the neighbouring Stratton Woods, to tie the sites together through one engaging narrative, we have written a story about the Indlekith, a community of industrious woodland folk who are difficult to spot but clues of their existence lie in the smells, sounds, and textures of the woods.
Pictures of the event and work in progress can be found here [Photography by Yiannis Katsaris]
For the completed structures and an interview with Je click here [Photography by Andy Matthews and Jim Stephenson]
Our thanks also to Dezeen, for covering this story here
August 1st, 2013
Call for Visual Artists -
‘Excavating Mitcham’ Artportunity at Iceland Carpark
We are looking for an artist (or artists) to work closely with us and our appointed lighting consultant to re-imagine the ‘undercroft’ of an elevated concrete building. All visual artists, including designers and architects, are invited to interpret the notion of ‘Excavating Mitcham’ and to construct a renewed sense of place through a sensitive and rigorous engagement with the local context, in a way that would enrich and add a new layer to existing narratives of the area.
The artwork is expected to be completed towards the end of September (subject to planning requirements). If you are interested in applying please write to Nina for a copy of the project brief: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: Friday 23rd August.
We look forward to hearing from you!
July 27th, 2013
We highly recommend that you catch The Nest, currently showing at the disused Welsh Chapel on Shafesbury Ave, while you can.
The performance by the New Movement Collective is a re-imagination of Homer’s Odyssey through immersive contemporary dance, complete with interactive lighting and sound.
In designing the set, this was a really exciting collaboration for Studio Weave to be a part of, with the team including NMC, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Webb Yates Engineers and Small Projects.
The show has already got rave reviews from the Guardian here and the BBC here. It runs in its current location until July 24th.
More details on this project to follow on our website…
July 19th, 2013
Call for all Visual Artists! Mitcham FenceArt Commission
An open call for all visual artists, including all designers and architects, to engage with the local context of Mitcham and to respond to the requirement of marking an ‘entrance’ through a compelling artistic intervention on a row of timber fences.
The artwork is expected to be completed by September 2013.
If you are interested in applying please write to Nina for a copy of the artist’s brief or any queries: email@example.com
Application deadline EXTENDED to: 2nd August 2013
We look forward to hearing from you!
July 9th, 2013
Shapes of Mitcham
The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Club on St Mark’s Road is the first of a series of walls to be given a facelift by London-based artist Stephen Mackie of Pencil and Brick.
Stephen has been working with the Poppy Club owners to create an artwork that makes a pattern from silhouettes of key buildings in Mitcham town centre, incorporating the Poppy Club’s poppies.
“If you look up while wandering around Mitcham town centre, you will begin to notice some interesting silhouettes. They appear at the top of buildings, like decorative hats on a well-made hat stand. The idea behind the mural is to root it in Mitcham; I would like local people to walk past and recognise the shapes of the buildings as they stroll around the town. There are a number of different buildings used in the pattern including St Marks Primary School, The Vestry Hall and… well, you tell me which other buildings you can spot.”
Stephen Mackie, Illustrator
The artwork was completed at the end of April 2013 and the Time Lapse video has recently been put together to promote this kind of activity in the Town Centre. Musician Krysia Mansfield kindly offered to compose a piece as the backing to the time lapse. The time lapse was put together by Silvio Palladino of Unveil Arts. This is part of the OneMitcham project which is funded by the Outer London Fund.
June 27th, 2013
RIBA Award Hat Trick!
If you feel like getting your hands dirty, the building will be hosting a series of craft and wildlife workshops over the summer exploring this unexpected little island in the centre of Dartford.
More about the Ecology of Colour project here.
June 21st, 2013
Call for Artists!!
Artportunities for ‘One Mitcham’
Studio Weave is looking for artists for a number of commissioned wall artworks (up to 8) in Mitcham town centre – ‘Artportunities’, as part of the ‘One Mitcham’ public realm improvement project. The artworks are to be completed between March and June 2013.
If you are interested in applying please write to Nina at: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the artist brief or if you have any queries.
Application deadline has been extended to Monday 18th March!
We’d love to hear from you!
February 20th, 2013
Lullaby Factory Makes Noises at Great Ormond Street
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital is now home to our recently completed project, the Lullaby Factory: a ten-storey-high landscape of sights and sounds for patients and their families to peer out onto from inside the building and listen to via listening pipes and radio station.
More on the project can be found here.
February 20th, 2013
Ecology of Colour Opens Up
As the trees on Ecology Island in Dartford shed their leaves, construction of our colourful little building has been completed just in time for winter. Ecology of Colour is a two-storey park shelter that carries many guises through various shutter openings, including outdoor classroom, workshop space and wildlife-spotting hide.
More on the project can be found here.
December 17th, 2012
One Station Parade Shows Off
Last night saw the opening of a group show organised by Studio Weave, celebrating the work of everyone involved at One Station Parade in Romford. Over the past few months, we have been involved with transforming the previously empty shop on Victoria Road into a studio space for a host of participatory artists’ residencies and workshops. The events form part of our community engagement programme for public realm improvements in the area.
The show will run until Tuesday 18th Dec (Fr 10-6 / Sa 10-6 / Su 12-4 / Tu 10-6). Exhibits on show include: Clare Sams’ knitted sculptures; photos of Bob Aldous’ painted shutters along the street; the Gathering by Rich White, made from Romford’s detritus; and products of other workshops including creative writing, mosaics, zines, safety devices and DIY chair. We’ve also turned one of the back rooms into a mini cinema for showing Natalie Bays’ film from her Multi-coloured Swap Shop residency (see below).
December 14th, 2012
Knit 1 Purl 1 RM1
One Station Parade has been filled with brightly coloured wool and transformed into k1 p1 rm1. Our current artist in residence, Clare Sams, has been busy taking knitting to the streets of Romford, involving local businesses and residents, while creating her very own representation of Victoria Road. The 3D knitted sculpture is on display in the shop window and growing by the day, keen local knitters are invited to donate objects to occupy the streets. Clare will be hosting lots more knitting activities until this Sunday.
Upcoming events are listed on the Romford Contemporary Arts Programme website and Havering Events page.
October 15th, 2012
One Station Parade sets up shop
As part of creating a strong local presence for our project in Romford, to improve the public realm of Victoria Road and The Battis, we have taken the lease of a previously empty shop and transformed it into a project space. Over the next few months, One Station Parade will host a series of artists’ residencies as well as a wealth of other events and workshops for local residents.
For the first artist’s residency, Bob Aldous has been engaging with local businesses by painting the shutters of various shops along Victoria Road (see below). Our second artist in residence, Clare Sams, has now moved into One Station Parade and will be running lots of knitting-themed activities, including working towards a knitted representation of the road itself and its residents.
On 25th October, we’ll be opening an exhibition of old photographs and maps of Victoria Road and The Battis – see our call for photos on the Romford Recorder here.
October 2nd, 2012
Shanghai Pavilion Opens with a Bang
Last Friday saw the very grand opening of our Xintiandi pavilion, complete with fireworks and lasers. The Shanghai Shop Windows project partnered nine RIBA UK architects with Shanghai retailers to create a series of eye-catching architectural window installations as part of the British Council’s UK Now celebration of UK arts in China. Studio Weave was selected to work directly with the Shui On Group to design a pavilion for the exterior space at Xintiandi shopping centre.
Hung in a grid, the chains create a zone of dense space that can be passed through but that is viscous and strange. Visitors can plunge into the space, pushing and pulling the chains aside to find little empty pockets surrounded by the golden streams. From inside, the view out is coloured by gold, as if from within a golden mist.
You can see a roundup of all the projects on the Architects’ Journal.
September 24th, 2012
The Hear Heres Open Their Ears
Our competition-winning listening sculptures, the Hear Heres, have opened to the public at Kedleston Hall, Derby. Visitors to the National Trust property are now invited to explore the landscape and listen to the different sounds around by interacting with the curious horn-like creatures.
Here’s the project on Dezeen.
September 14th, 2012
Call for Artists!
Studio Weave is seeking artists for a series of 3-week residencies to be based in an empty shop in Romford this summer/autumn.
If you are interested in applying, please send an email requesting the full brief to email@example.com.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 10th August 2012. We look forward to hearing from you!
July 23rd, 2012
What Do We Have Hear Here Then?
A sneak preview of the moulds for some rather large trumpets that are set to become interactive acoustic scupltures in the Derbyshire landscape this summer.
June 29th, 2012
Studio Weave turned to Studio Gild for one day only at London Printworks in Brixton. Working with screen-printer, Linda Florence, we gilded Dutch gold leaf onto Linda’s pattern design in 64 sections for the four timber legs that will hold up Paleys Upon Pilers in Aldgate. The pattern, in red, blue and gold, is inspired by the illuminated manuscripts in essence of Chaucer, for whom this project commemorates.
June 18th, 2012
St. Pancras Church Garden Opens
Bringing a combination of the English woodland and an overgrown pew species to the City of London, St. Pancras Church Garden is now open to the public.
You can find this pocket of tranquility tucked away on Pancras Lane, just off Queen Street and only minutes from the Bank of England.
June 14th, 2012
Outdoor Kitchen at Newham City Farm
Studio Weave is designing Britain’s first public outdoor kitchen at Newham City Farm in east London! The project is in collaboration with Spacehive, an innovative funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects. Inspired by the concept of crowdfunding, Spacehive allows anyone to put forward project ideas and anyone to fund them. So local communities can offer donations, however big or small, and even skills or materials to transform their public spaces.
You can read more about our Newham City Farm project here.
May 23rd, 2012
Dartford Gets Planning!
Following in the footsteps of Algate, our Ecology of Colour project in Dartford has received the stamp of approval and been awarded planning consent. The colourful timber structure will be completed in July and become a jolly custodian for Ecology Island in Central Park, acting as outdoor classroom, arts studio and bird-watching hide.
Ecology of Colour is one of nine Studio Weave projects that will be completed between now and October!
May 21st, 2012
Aldgate Gets Planning
Our Paleys Upon Pilers project has been awarded planning consent by the City of London. Paleys Upon Pilers marks the spot of the historic Aldgate and its distinguished literary resident, Geoffrey Chaucer. The site remains a strategic position in London today, sitting at the beginning of High Street 2012, which leads to the Olympic Park. Construction of the timber structure will be completed at the end of June, forming part of the core programme for the 2012 London Architecture Festival (23rd June – 8th July).
May 4th, 2012
Shanghai Shop Windows
Studio Weave is one of nine practices participating in the RIBA Shanghai Windows project at Xintiandi, in collaboration with the British Council and Shui On Development Ltd. The project forms part of the UK Now Festival, which celebrates British creativity in China, and follows in the successful footsteps of Regent Street Windows in London.
We have been partnered with Shui On Development and will be designing an outdoor installation for the courtyard at Xintiandi Style shopping centre. Je has just returned from Shanghai where he travelled, along with the eight other architects, to meet our client and see the site in the flesh. Studio Weave will be back in Shanghai in September when construction of our design is due to be completed and the whole project will be revealed.
March 31st, 2012
Hear Here at Kedleston Hall
National Trust has selected Studio Weave from 168 competition entries to design a series of ‘playful incidents’ to whip up a sense of adventure for exploring the parkland surrounding Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire. The term incident was used by Robert Adam, whose first major commission was to design the mansion and estate at Kedleston in the 18th century, to denote a manmade point of interest in a rural setting. Our winning proposal for the Hear Heres will encourage visitors to listen to and interact with all the different sights and sounds of the landscape.
This commission forms part of Trust New Art, a collaboration between Arts Council England and National Trust to bring contemporary art and design to historic places across the country and will be in place and open for this summer!
March 7th, 2012
The Longest Bench wins twice at Civic Trust Awards
We are very pleased to announce that The Longest Bench, Littlehampton has not only won an esteemed Civic Trust Award but it has also been bestowed with the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement. The judges described the project as an ‘unobtrusive, while at the same time striking and delightful addition to the urban realm, [which] is an ingenious and compelling solution to seafront seating.’
Click here to continue reading the judges’ comments about The Longest Bench on the Civic Trust Awards website and to see the other winners.
More information about the project can be found here.
March 5th, 2012
All That Glitters
The hunt is on as 209 splendorous eggs take over the streets of London. Launched last week, be sure to visit the Big Egg Hunt website to download all 12 Egg Zone maps… keep your eyes peeled for our golden contribution in a not-so-secret location (we’ll give you a clue, it can be found in zone 11: The City – eggstra points for guessing from the pic above).
Here’s a shortened version of the story ‘All That Glitters’, which accompanies our egg:
Once upon a time there were two brothers, each king of his own kingdom, who every spring would exchange gifts. One year, the younger brother brought an egg that turned to gold upon being placed in an egg cup. The older king happily accepted the astounding gift but after a while, he realised that the egg held no real value as it refused to remain gold to be sold, and refused to remain common to be fed upon; and exasperated, he abandoned it in a far away kingdom for some other fool to find.
February 27th, 2012
The Big Egg Hunt
Remember all those colourful elephants that adorned London’s streets back in 2010? Well, now it’s time for the city to be overrun by oversized eggs for a 40-day, great Big Egg Hunt, organised by Elephant Family and Action for Children. We relished the opportunity to craft one of the 200 eggs, which will form part of this eggcellent adventure! (sorry, couldn’t resist)
The fruits, or egg, of our labour will be revealed in all its glory at a mystery location on 21 February, joining eggs by Chapman Brothers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Bompas & Parr, Ridley Scott and many, many more… Following Easter, all the eggs will be auctioned off to raise money for the two charities.
January 25th, 2012
2012 Civic Trust Awards
We were delighted to hear that The Longest Bench, Littlehampton has been included on the shortlist of winning projects for the 2012 Civic Trust Awards. The final results will be announced by TV architect George Clarke in Edinburgh on March 2nd.
The Civic Trust Awards celebrate projects that have made an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment and are universally inclusive for all users.
More on the project here.
January 16th, 2012
The Story of the Kebab is Revealed!
On a cold December morning in Willesden Green, the action-packed history of the kebab was revealed in the form of giant, golden, kebab-shaped window illustrations. Our transformation of new kebab restaurant, Real Charcoal also includes a second golden kebab depicting the ingredients and processes of making the perfect kebab, a window display unit that frames the real rotating doners and houses fresh herbs, Turkish tea sets and a row of the distinctive Turkish double decker tea pots.
The project is part of The Architecture Foundation‘s New Windows on Willesden Green. An Outer London Fund project, NWoWG is being delivered for Brent Council and Design for London by The Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Meanwhile Space and Blue Consulting. The project paired local shop owners with designers to produce an advent calendar of window displays.
More on the project here.
December 16th, 2011
Existing shop front
New Windows on Willesden Green
Studio Weave has been selected to be one of 25 designers involved in animating shop fronts along Willesden High Road in the run up to Christmas – a giant advent calendar if you will. We must admit to not expecting a kebab restaurant as our allocated shop but it’s certainly given us lots of food for thought. The project has a very quick turnaround and all our kebab efforts will be revealed on Friday 16th December!
New Windows on Willesden Green is ‘an initiative funded by GLA’s Outer London Fund that is being delivered for Brent Council and Design for London by the Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Meanwhile Space’.
November 25th, 2011
St Pancras Church Garden Goes On Site
Wood carvers at City & Guilds have been beavering away all summer crafting the pew-like furniture for our St Pancras Church Garden project and now works have commenced on site to transform this forgotten corner of the City.
We’ve been working on this project for two and a half years now and so are very excited indeed to see it finally emerge into the real world! Watch this space for further news as it develops…
October 31st, 2011
European Copper in Architecture Awards
Freya’s got a new award, the “Judge’s special prize” in European Copper in Architecture 15. She must’ve been very scared standing next to much, I really mean MUCH, bigger fellow contestants. But then again, she does get around…
October 5th, 2011
Three Mills Play-space
Studio Weave with Wayward Plants are one of four teams shortlisted for the Architecture Foundation’s Three Mills Play-space Competition. “The competition, which is being organised by The Architecture Foundation on behalf of a collaborative Partnership including the Olympic Park Legacy Company, The Legacy List charity and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (who own the land), solicited over 60 submissions of interest from practices and design teams from around the world.”
August 25th, 2011
Sussex Heritage Trust Awards
Now one year old, The Longest Bench has been Highly Commended in the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards’ Public and Community category. What a great first birthday present! Read the article in the Littlehampton Gazette here.
August 1st, 2011
The Landscope scoping the landscape
Studio in the Woods!
(Well actually studio-on-top-of-a-hill-with-horizontal-rain-and-plentiful-sheep-poo but still wonderful!)
We have just returned from the Isle of Wight where for the second year running we led a team of construction-keen architects, architects-to-be and architect-adjacents in building a timber structure in just 2 days. This year we made The Landscope, a structure infinitely large from the front and infinitely long from the side to allow giants and smaller creatures to communciate eye to eye. Just what every farm needs. See more here.
July 21st, 2011
Photo by David Barbour
Cast your vote for Condé Nast
The Longest Bench has been shortlisted for a Condé Nast Traveller’s Innovation & Design Award 2011!
The awards celebrate design and innovative thinking that enhances travel and adventure. The Longest Bench is in the Infrastructure category.
Cast your vote here
April 12th, 2011
We’re very pleased to be included in Rowan Moore’s article about “Britain’s brightest young architects” in the Sunday Observer Review this week. The Longest Bench got a great big photo and our Jelly Bean machine also got a special mention!
January 10th, 2011
Proposal Bench Slat
“Will you marry me? Again!”
Further down this blog is told the story of a young man who proposed to his lovely girlfriend in Freya’s Cabin. We were humbled and honoured to have one of our projects chosen as a location for such an important life changing event and felt this was a great, great compliment.
November 26th, 2010
Well, it’s happened again! This time Vicki proposed to Andrew with an inscription on the Longest Bench.
(Sollie the dog wanted Andrew to stick around too!) Then Andrew said yes with an adjecent slat! Amazing!
Emerging Architecture Awards
The Longest Bench has been Highly Commended at the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture Awards. It was a great honour to be selected alongside some fantastic projects and architects from around the world. Here we are with Councillor Norman Dingemans from Arun District Council accepting the award from AR Editor Catherine Slessor. A massive thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this project happen. Read the article here.
November 26th, 2010
The Floating Cinema
Studio Weave will be working with arts agency UP Projects (who we worked with on Graviton) and artists Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, known collectively as Somewhere, on an ODA commission to create a floating structure which will accommodate film screenings, large outdoor film events and provide a base for the artists to meet with local people via the waterways in and around the Olympic Park. The Inside Out Floating Cinema is a continuation of UP Projects’ Portavilion programme of temporary pavilions for London’s public spaces. It will form part of the Create 2011 summer festival, and the work will be installed before the Olympic Games. Read more in the Olympic Delivery Authority’s press release here.
November 12th, 2010