We are a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. We work with our clients and commissioners to create beauty and enduring value from complex situations, for new and existing buildings, through to larger-scale urban strategies.
5th Studio's design approach allies conceptual clarity with practical 'making' skills – and is underpinned by a series of principles which inform the way we design and deliver projects.
5th Studio are able to think, design and organise at a strategic scale - operating across infrastructure, engineering, conservation, ecology and planning. Our work at this extra-large scale - across projects which range from the re-thinking postindustrial landscapes to the strategic planning of future change within historic cities - aims to create strong places by combining visceral and analytical responses to their particular topographies.
Our work is anchored by the experience of working and thinking across this spectrum of scales, disciplines and projects: we are skilled at thinking strategically, whilst also maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.
Tom Holbrook is Visiting Professor at the Scuola di Architettura e Società at the Politecnico Milano and will take part in the Milan International Architecture Workshop (MIAW) in February - March with other practitioners including Olav Kristoffersen of Brendeland & Kristoffersen, Norway, Ippolito Pestellini of OMA, Oliver Thill, Atelier Kempe Thill, Lisa Fior of Muf and Luis Basabe Montalvo of Arenas Basabe Palacios, Madrid.
Each research workshop focusses on a specific question related to the urban transformation of Milan. This year the research will concentrate on developing urban scenarios around the Farini rail yard (circa 618.000 m2) as part of an ongoing discussion seven rail yards in Milan about to be vacated by the Ferrovia Statale - a total area of 125Ha returned to urban use.
5th Studio's Trinity College, New Court refurbishment project has been featured in this month's RIBA Journal.
The article sets out the collaborative research project which was key in the development of the detailed designs for renovating this Grade 1 listed building and the conflicts which had to be managed along the way.
Read the article here.