Londonon: rolling research programme


On 16th February, the collective of participants of the Londonon research programme (Carl Turner ArchitectsCoffey ArchitectsDuggan Morris ArchitectsGort ScottHaptic Architects, and ) assembled at the mid-point of Waterloo Bridge to celebrate the launch of the inaugural European workshop to harness the collective knowledge of those practices involved.

Londonon was formed to ask questions of how we can reach out and look beyond our small island. Londonon is a self-funded research and residency programme in cities around the world, starting in Europe. We are pooling resources to question, collaborate, make and experience, to broaden our minds, expand our reach and widen our worldview. Each Londonon practice nominates a researcher in the field, for each week long study period as we travel the globe.

The inaugural international research trip to El Ejido, led by Coffey Architects, is focussed on how light and climate shape how we make and inhabit cities. It is hoped through this approach, we are able to reveal the qualitative aspects of EL Ejido with a specific analysis of how the climate and light have defined this area as it is today. In demystifying intensification in El Ejido, Londonon can overlay relevant conditions onto London to better understand our current issues and constraints.

Read more about the research programme here.

“The Meaning of Light”

Director Phil Coffey was recently interviewed for London Magazine, the city’s monthly glossy publication covering people, places and property.

Looking at the sunlight streaming in through the huge expanse of razor-sharp rooflights in a a modern extension, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re in southern California, or perhaps somewhere even more exotic. But each of the buildings on these pages are in London, creations of one of architecture’s rising stars, Phil Coffey.

That you can be described as a rising star at the age of 42 says something of how long it takes to establish a successful career as an architect, but Coffey and his studio have made a name for themselves transforming London’s often dark and narrow period houses into buildings so light, spacious and airy, they seem to belong somewhere else altogether. “My first thought on any project is “‘Where’s the sun?’,” Coffey says. “The sun makes spaces fresh and makes it feel like the building is alive.”

Read the rest of Phil’s interview with London Magazine here.


Meet us at MIPIM 2018

Our team will be at MIPIM 2018 from Monday, 12th March to Friday, 16th March…  making the most of the event, and hopefully the sun!

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Hidden House Shortlisted for House of the Year

We’re pleased to announce that Hidden House was shortlisted for Grand Designs’ and RIBA’s House of the Year!  Read more about the project here… and see a selection of recent press coverage below.

Channel 4: Grand Designs – House of the Year

The Guardian/ Observer: Jail house rocks… an architectural marvel built over an old prison vault

Dezeen: Coffey Architects sets small brick home atop Victorian prison vaults in London

Wallpaper*: Box clever: it’s hip to be square at Coffey Architects’ Hidden House

City AM: Property of the Week: Hidden House in Clerkenwell is a one-off built above Victorian prison vaults

Architects’ Journal: Coffey Architects’ Hidden House revealed

Modern Detached wins 2017 Brick Award

We are pleased to announce that our project, Modern Detached, has won the Individual Housing Development award at the 2017 Brick Awards. We are grateful to have worked on such a special project for an amazing client.

From the judges:

“The palette of materials resonates with the immediate environment, and it is nice to see the brickwork taken inside the building to provide some much-needed warmth.”



Last week, director Phil Coffey was invited to participate in a PechaKucha at London-based property fair MIPIM UK.

Alongside a great panel including Adam Walker, founder of CRATE, Colin MacGadie, chief creative officer at BDG and Will Notley, senior architect at PDP London, Phil presented a high energy, visually driven talk on the inside/outside-ness of the spaces we work, and making place with light and culture.

PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in 2003 by the English architect Mark Dytham and has turned into a global celebration of design, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format of 20 images x 20 seconds.




Coffey Architects shortlisted for RIBA Clore Learning Centre


We are delighted to be shortlisted for the new RIBA Clore Learning Centre at 66 Portland Place.

The project is to create a new study room, terrace and display area in an existing space at the iconic grade II* listed building.

RIBA head of learning Elizabeth Grant said the institute had been “thrilled by the sheer enthusiasm” shown for the Clore Learning Centre, noting the thoughtful and creative responses by all who entered the competition.

For more info, check out the Architects’ Journal and BD Online.


C8Lf8FgUAAQ0XEl.jpgWe are seeking a studio manager to join our growing team in the heart of Clerkenwell!

This is an exceptional opportunity for an exceptional candidate who wants to embrace a new challenge and help drive the studio forward into the next step of our development.

Working closely with the practice directors, marketing/communications manager, and front of house team, this person will be pivotal to our continued success. The studio manager will need to be vibrant, proactive and progressive, with a desire to engage and advocate for existing and new members of the team. This role is for a motivated, passionate and adaptable individual.

The ideal candidate will need to be ambitious and process driven to implement new procedures and structure to the studio. Motivation and hunger to get fully immersed in the studio are essential aspects of the role. Experience in a similar role is crucial, and a proven passion and knowledge of the arts/architecture/design industries is preferred.

Please get in contact today with your cover letter and CV. Send to We look forward to hearing from you!

Find more information here.

Croydon Smaller Sites Programme recognised with New London Award

The Croydon Smaller Sites Programme for Brick x Brick, the council’s own development company, has been awarded the 2017 New London award for unbuilt housing.

We’re extremely proud of this honour, as Brick x Brick has created a clever and considerate programme to provide housing for the Borough of Croydon. In addition to our 10 sites, the progamme includes work from HTA, Mae, Pitman Tozer, Stitch, Mikhail Riches and vPPR.





We are pleased to announce that Hidden House has been longlisted for the 2017 RIBA House of the Year award. Keep an eye out for the Channel 4 behind-the-scenes tour later this year.

Judges noted:

‘This single-storey house originates from a rigorously scrutinised floor layout, engaging in a simple and elegant way with the constraints of the site… This building has been rigorously considered in its design and beautifully delivered in its construction.’


Coffey Architects Wins Three RIBA Regional Awards

We are pleased to announce that we have won three 2017 RIBA Regional Awards. We were awarded the accolade for Modern Detached in the East region, and for Hidden House and Science Museum in the London region. We are ever-grateful to our hardworking team and inspired clients!

Award winners pictured at the RIBA East 2017 Awards Evening held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Photo credit: Richard Marsham
Award winners pictured at the RIBA East 2017 Awards Evening held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Photo credit: Richard Marsham

Award winners pictured at the RIBA London 2017 Awards Evening held at RIBA Portland Place, London. Photo credit: Agnese Sanvito
Award winners pictured at the RIBA London 2017 Awards Evening held at RIBA Portland Place, London.
Photo credit: Agnese Sanvito

Read Our MIPIM Review in OnOffice Magazine

We recently spoke to OnOffice Magazine about our experience at MIPIM 2017. Check us out in the latest issue!

I believe it’s good for perception. It instills confidence in our current client base, and is good brand recognition for future clients.

More importantly, I believe it’s good for our team, for our generation of entrepreneurs, to feel like we belong in this industry. We should be involved in the conversations shaping our cities and the larger the presence you have at MIPIM, the greater the chance to get involved with other key players and decision makers.”

Phil Coffey, director


Coffey Architects featured in the Financial Times

Our west London project, Modern Mews, has been featured in the FT’s weekend supplement, ‘How to Spend It’. In her article, ‘The Big Picture’, Ruth Bloomfield writes about extraordinary extensions and exquisite craftsmanship in London period homes. Director Phil Coffey shares insight on ‘noble’ materials and bespoke luxury.


Coffey Architects Shortlisted for Three RIBA Regional Awards

We are pleased to announce that Science Museum, Hidden House and Modern Detached have been shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards.

Nicolas Tye, Chairman of RIBA East, and past RIBA Awards judge, said:
‘We’ve had an amazing response to the call for Award entries this year and it’s really great to see clients pushing for good design across such a broad spectrum, from schools and religious buildings through to housing schemes and one-off homes. All the architecture practices and their clients are to be congratulated for getting this far. The jury has a difficult task on its hands.’



Visionary Architect of the Year 2016


We are delighted to have won  the Visionary Architect/Master Planner of the Year at this year’s MIPIM UK property expo in Olympia.

We will continue to work hard and innovate.


Reflecting on the Venice Biennale 2016

Coffey Architects were lucky to have our annual office trip to Venice this year, making pilgrimage to the spectacular architecture of the island and exploring the forefront of architectural discourse at the Biennale.

Director Phil Coffey describes this year’s Reporting From the Front as ‘incredibly internal, thought provoking, people centred, political and strangely ‘big building free’ series of installations.’ To read more of his review for the Architects’ Journal please click here.

A month on, we’re reflecting on our experience and observations during the trip and how this can inform our critical thinking and practice. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed @CoffeyArch for our daily musings of the trip!

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Modern Mews, U+I and Science Museum Research Centre Shortlisted for New London Awards 2016

We are very excited to announce our Modern Mews, U+I Headquarters and Science Museum Research Centre have been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2016. The New London Awards recognises the very best new and proposed architecture, planning and development in London.

Modern Mews has been shortlisted in the category Homes.

U+I Headquarters has been shortlisted in the category Conservation & Retrofit as well as Office Interiors.

Science Museum Research Centre has been shortlisted in the category Culture & Community.

We cross fingers for our projects. The announcement of the winners are on 7th July 2016.


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Modern Mews and Modern Side Extension win RIBA Awards

We are happy to announce that our Modern Side Extension and Modern Mews won the RIBA Awards on Tuesday 3rd May.

RIBA Awards celebrates the best architecture in the UK and around the world, no matter the form; size or budget – we believe winning the awards display our commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives.

In addition to winning the Regional Award Modern Mews have also made it onto the House of the Year 2016 Longlist which means it will be shown on the series House of the Year on Channel 4 in the Summer 2016. The Shortlist and Winner will be announced in the series – make sure to watch the series on Channel 4 and find out if Modern Mews will be the lucky one.


Terraced housing is a defining feature of many British cities, but families now prefer to live in open plan spaces differing from the traditional cellular rooms for living, dining and cooking. The need to expand and remodel the terraced home is never-ending but, hidden away from the street, it is dominated by poorly thought through and detailed additions. The Modern Side Extension is a typological retrofit solution to offer a truly modern space for living that respects the urbanity of its host building. Reconfiguring the ubiquitous party wall connected to the terraced rear abutment remodels the home, creating a subtle game of solid and void with views to garden and sky.

Conservation-friendly brick, glass and bi-fold doors unite in a complex three-dimensional composition. Respectful to neighbours, the Modern Side Extension shows that the smallest architectural projects can be transformational.



An intricately designed and constructed piece of joinery crafted to live in.

The typical London mews house enjoyed windows only to the front of the property creating difficulty for habitable, comfortable and lit rooms to the back of the house; making practical modern spaces for living in such small constrained sites can be difficult to achieve. The Modern Mews employs many of the design ideas in Japanese tea houses (Chashitsu) to create a home full of light with numerous activities brought together through visual links. Horizontally wooden lattice sliding doors allow for adaptable spaces across each floor and between floors glass panels allow occupants to converse and bring light into the heart of the home from a zenith ocular window.

The home is conceived as a life sized piece of joinery, a Japanese treasure chest for living that sits between the white painted brick finish walls of the adjacent mews neighbours. All walls, floors and ceilings are crafted from white oak whilst elements where water is required are moulded from Corian. The central walls are interlayered with rice paper, glass and oak lattice, sliding to create a master suite or bed and bath at first floor, with bedrooms to the top floor enjoying light gathered from the sky above.

Living spaces to ground and basement enjoy light from the bi-fold sliding doors to the mews and light that penetrates the building from the central stair light well. Kitchen and dining spaces at ground level are visually and acoustically connected to the living space with a central fire warming the home from below. The basement carved into the ground is lined and furnished with elements of powerfloated and hand trowelled in-situ concrete.

The celebration of daily life in London is beautifully orchestrated across these four interlocked and interlayered floors in W1, creating a three bedroom light filled home for family life in less than 100m2.