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This symbiotic extension to an existing home provided all the extra space the client needed – a new living room, bedroom and garage for a collection of classic cars – as well as a palpable connection to the garden.   The glazing and cantilevered zinc-clad shell roof allow light deep into the living space from the […]

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Based on the Southbank in London, the publicly funded BFI wished to expand its BFI National Library service and make it freely accessible to the public.   When a 180 m2 former gallery space became free at BFI Southbank, they decided to move the library in. We won the competition, which led to the commission […]

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We won the competition and were subsequently commissioned to design the town square and three new mixed-use buildings at the heart of a new village in Bohemia 40 miles from Prague.   Set in a beautiful natural ravine landscape, the buildings comprise commercial units and public amenities at ground floor, parking in the basement and […]

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The project, which went on to win the Stephen Lawrence Prize for Architecture, was to build a small extension to an existing school to house its library, music store and one or two other functions.   The competition brief initially asked for the extension to be built on the roof. However, we instantly saw a […]

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This 80 m2 Victorian terrace house maximizes space by opening up the basement to daylight.   Living quarters cascade from the upper study area to the basement level kitchen-dining area on a series of split levels connected by steps. These planes are in turn visually connected to the garden through a 9m-high glazed lightwell to […]

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Appointed to extend and refurbish this studio house, our brief was to banish dark from the central spaces and improve the connection between dining and kitchen areas.   The design brought light in through rooflights and new glazing to flood it with direct sunlight and open up new views of the surrounding neighbourhood. A reworked […]

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The Canyon House project converted two separate flats – one on top of the other – into a single duplex. The clients had bought the lower flat in the historic warehouse building in anticipation of starting a family. As well as vertical connection and more bedrooms, they wanted flexible spaces, lots of daylight, plenty of storage, […]

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The client wanted to remodel an existing dark house to create a harmonious space tailored to their needs on a budget and in a tight timeframe. They especially wanted it to be light-filled, eco-friendly, and welcoming.   Our open dialogue with the client was critical to the exceptional beauty of the end product. The client […]

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The Qingdao Iron and Steel Group’s 40,000 m2 headquarters complex is based in Qingdao, a city on the east coast of China located roughly halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. It sits below the flight path into the local airport, and is part of a huge industrial zone where air quality is low and pollutant particulates high – with all […]

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Having found an extraordinary steeply sloping plot in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset, the client approached us to design a new home to replace the existing house, which was small and run down.   Situated high above Charmouth, the plot enjoys extensive views of the Jurassic coast and back towards Lyme Regis. […]

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This mixed-use project is to redevelop Holborn Library on Theobald’s Road and the city block behind it in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The client has formed a private-public partnership with Camden City Council to unlock the site’s full economic, social and cultural potential. The scheme will fully remodel the library, provide brand new […]

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With a baby on the way, the clients desperately needed more living space and a new bedroom inside – quickly. Outside, they wanted a proper garden to replace the existing dingy courtyard at basement level that was overshadowed by a garage.   With so much needed from such a small footprint, our solution saw the […]

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Wholly owned by the London Borough of Croydon, developer Brick by Brick’s aim is to redevelop brownfield gap sites with challenging boundary conditions into new housing. The Council’s enlightened entrepreneurship delivers a double whammy of providing much needed housing while keeping the full value of the development in the Borough, to be reinvested in public […]

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This 280 m2 project demonstrates the value in questioning the brief creatively and constructively in collaboration with the client.   Originally wanting simply to refurbish the ground floor of this end-of-terrace family home on an awkward triangular site, the client ended up reconfiguring and extending the whole building for an end result that perfectly married […]

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Hidden House is a new one storey dwelling in the centre of Clerkenwell Green Conservation Area, London. It’s difficult to find.   The home sits above former prison vaults belonging to the Clerkenwell House of Detention, built in 1847, and next to a former Victorian School, Kingsway Place. Both are Grade II listed buildings.   […]

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This mixed-use project is to redevelop Holborn Library on Theobald’s Road and the city block behind it in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury Conservation Area. The client has formed a private-public partnership with Camden City Council to unlock the site’s full economic, social and cultural potential. The scheme will fully remodel the library, provide brand new […]

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As a growing retirement housing developer, the client saw an opportunity to transform a vacant industrial laundry site in 2015. Consisting of 3,400 m2 of one- and two-bed generously sized apartments for people aged over 60, the brief was to exceed a target net internal area and design shared facilities that promote a sense of […]

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Imperial Works is a heritage piano manufacturing workshop that had already been converted to office use when Coffey Architects got involved. Tired, outdated and with poor internal circulation, the building was not performing to its full potential.   The client asked us to increase the floor area, improve the worn-out building fabric, and improve horizontal […]

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We took part in a competition to design a doll’s house to highlight issues affecting disabled children and to suggest solutions that would improve their life if translated to real houses.   We were aware of how the many changes to the benefit system and rising rents have made it more difficult for disabled children and […]

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Part of the client’s major masterplan for London’s new ‘International Quarter’ on the Olympic site in East London, this pavilion building will be the development’s main public hub. It comprises a café, retail units, pop-up food and drink units and a public roof garden.   Lightweight, simple, inherently flexible and clad in a unique ‘wrap’, […]

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This refurbishment of a tiny 50 m2 one-bed penthouse on a tight urban site is all about subtlety and light. The original open-plan arrangement was awkward and inflexible, allowing no privacy, and failed to take advantage of the potential for views across the local Hoxton cityscape.   Using crisp, clean, reflective materials throughout, our design […]

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This north-facing lower-ground-floor Victorian flat was targeted for refurbishment and extension to turn it into a family home. The brief was to add an additional bedroom, maximize daylight, and enhance the existing connection to the garden.   Our solution featured a glass box extension to the rear, cleverly creating the extra space required and bringing more […]

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Having demolished their previous home to make way for a new dream family house, the client was keen for the Modern Detached home to be built quickly. The context is unashamedly suburban. Set between the poor examples of 1960s architecture, there are more attractive Arts and Crafts homes nearby. This millieu required a tempered approach that married the […]

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The client asked us to help them remodel their existing four-storey, slightly dilapidated mews house. Despite being 8 m deep in plan, it only had windows to the front, which of course made it dark and dingy.   The master bedroom and en-suite enjoyed no natural light at all. The top-floor bedrooms were accessed by […]

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The clients of the Modern Side Extension found themselves in a position common to countless thousands of other people in the UK, which makes the house we designed for them of generic value to others. Living in a three-bedroom terraced house, they wanted to expand and remodel for open-plan living on a limited budget. They especially wanted […]

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Small terraced homes on Whistler Street, London, are typically dark two-up-two-downs with low ceilings.   This project required us to refurbish one such example to create a naturally ventilated 160 m2 three-bedroomed house with underfloor heating on the ground floor.   Our design, the Modern Terrace, is fresh, light-filled and energy-efficient. We opened up the […]

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Coffey Architects were invited by Feilden Clegg Bradley to help with the competition entry for this 13,000 m2 mixed-use arts, education retail and residential scheme to transform this part of East London.   Our brief was connected to creating a new London home for the Smithsonian Institution on an island site within the Olympic Park, part […]

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The Quadrangle at Queen’s College, Oxford, is one of the finest neo-classical compositions in England, protected by Grade 1 listing. The brief for the new porters’ lodge called for space for exhibition, waiting, storage of letters, and for the porters themselves. Given the space limitations, this was difficult to squeeze in the existing loggia without significantly impacting […]

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Part of a larger masterplan, our brief was to design approximately 70 new flats, arts studios and shop units totalling 9,500 m2 GIA on a site sandwiched between the rear gardens of a terraced street and a large industrial building. As the main entrance to the masterplan area, Plot 1 called for exemplary architectural design for […]

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The Room of Ideas is our shortlisted response to the RIBA’s competition for a new learning centre for users of all ages. It includes a study room, terrace and display area for the Grade II* listed home at Portland Place in central London.   The RIBA can be a daunting place for a child. The […]

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The commission to design a concept for a sustainable 13-storey commercial building on a corner site in one of Dhaka’s fastest developing areas was an intriguing challenge. Our proposal celebrated Scala’s fire escape as an external, vertical promenade activating the façade, offering the users alternative outdoor access to the different storeys. This structure supports small […]

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Part of a larger masterplan, the project was to refurbish the Science Museum’s existing 545 m2 Dana Centre, which was noisy and uncomfortable. It occupied the lower ground, ground and mezzanine levels of the Museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building. The tall space had east-facing double-height glazing, where a reduction in glare and direct solar gain were […]

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Originally designed by Jefferson Sheard & Partners as the headquarters for the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (now AEU), our revitalising designs for this late 1960s office tower in Sheffield introduce a contemporary identity with additional architectural elements and distinct materiality and colour.   Plans include refurbishing the existing façade and floors 1-9, converting a […]

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The client’s three-bedroom home in Camden, a penthouse flat with extensive views, was in need of refurbishment. The work had to create flexible spaces capable of doubling up in various ways for the client’s charity for young musicians.   Our concept linked two simple roof-top pavilions – one for living, the other for relaxation and […]

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People of all ages use the Tricycle for theatre, cinema and as a place to read, relax and meet. However, it was hidden away inside an urban block and in need of refurbishment.   Coffey Architects were shortlisted finalists in the subsequent design competition to upgrade it and strengthen its street presence. Our entry envisioned much stronger […]

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Coffey Architects were invited to enter the competition to design two new office buildings (with some retail on the ground floor) with high sustainability targets on the King’s Cross redevelopment site. The buildings were to be 11 storeys tall and to carry a strong identity that complemented the local industrial heritage. They should also bring lots […]

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A newly formed property developer needed more space and asked us to refurbish a Victorian industrial space with a rich history of alterations. The building was ill-suited to office conversion, having high ceilings, hard surfaces, a large volume and very deep floor plate, features that present considerable acoustic, lighting and building services challenges. Since the client […]

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We were asked to remodel an existing two-storey penthouse apartment in a city-centre block that suffered from a disconnected entry sequence and a confused, dark interior layout.   A rich palette of basalt flooring, glass and walnut define a new stair core, reinventing the apartment as a light, airy, sophisticated urban loft.   Unusually free […]

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This was a conceptual competition to design a hotel on the moon.   In thirty years’ time, 1% of 1% of the world’s population is predicted to own over 60% of the world’s resources. Presumably only they will be able to afford to go to a hotel on the moon.   Our idea envisaged a two-week lunar vacation: […]

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As so often happens with growing families, the client needed to extend their existing home to create more space. They appointed us to do so, taking the opportunity to refurbish throughout at the same time.   Of central concern was enabling the family to feel together even when doing different things. In particular, they wanted […]

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