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.

Public / Community

Ive Farm Sports Ground — London
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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.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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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. With studios in London, Cambridge and Oxford we are able to maintain a close connection to the people and environments with which we work.

Education / Innovation

Clifton House Workspace — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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...their creative analysis of space, and understanding of place, has exceeded expectations... Their outputs are proven to be both visually appealing, and capable of bringing abstract spatial concepts and relationships ‘to life’ for analysts and decision-makers. 5th Studio’s work has been vital in securing the confidence of senior stakeholders and in communicating analyses and conclusions to a generalist audience.

The National Infrastructure Commission describing our work

News

Tom will be contributing to a webinar on the UK Innovation Corridor at Real Estate Live 11.00am, Wednesday 7th October 2020.

The session will be chaired by Helen Crane, property editor, City AM, and will feature Monika Jain, Principal City Planner at Transport for London and Professor Greg Clark, Global advisor on future cities.

This year has been one of upheaval – and it has changed our outlook on life, work, and leisure, and on how we move between those parts of our lives.

Do the changes in the housing, labour, and transport markets offer a new set of opportunities for the places in the UK Innovation Corridor? Can there be a new mix of functions and activity in places like Harlow, Stevenage the Upper Lee Valley and towns close to Cambridge? Could there be a hybrid model in which we can find a new paradigm for our towns and cities?

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Earlier in the year we worked with Emily Seabrook, a graduate civil engineer based in Oxford, to develop and illustrate her winning entry to the Vision 2050 Competition organised by England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) - the collaborative partnership of 11 transport authorities and four local enterprise partnerships that covers the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

The competition was aimed at students, recent graduates and apprentices, with the intention of encouraging fresh perspectives on the future of transport in the region – an endeavour that we wholeheartedly support.

The vision has recently been published and Emily will be presenting it today at EEH’s annual conference.

The judging panel was chaired by Professor Sadie Morgan OBE who said ‘Emily's vision covered many different aspects of connectivity, considering both urban and rural needs, and those of freight as well as people. It contained a number of innovations and was an example of the type of forward-thinking approach we need to meet the challenges of the future.’

Emily has commented that she ‘enjoyed trying to piece together all the interconnected features of a transport system and the varying nature of its users’ .

Here at 5th Studio we were really pleased to support the competition and to work with Emily to develop and illustrate the spatial and design aspects of her vision for future mobility as a continuation of our work in the Arc for the National Infrastructure Commission, and for England’s Economic Heartland – and as part of our commitment to support the next generation of designers and engineers to work in innovative and collaborative ways.

More information about the competition can be found here.

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Publications

While the Olympic Park and its associated paraphernalia of furniture and lighting did its best to lay a freshly designed carpet over an area of shagginess, 5th Studio’s work feels more like the kind of hard-working infrastructure that might have always been here.

Oliver Wainwright, The river that London forgot, The Guardian

Awards

  • RIBA Multiple Award Winner

News

  • Nominated for Architects of the Year

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  • Tom Holbrook talk at the London School of Architecture 7.30pm 10.8.15

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21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF
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Cambridge

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Gwydir Street
Cambridge CB1 2LJ
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Oxford

2 King Edward Street
Oxford OX1 4HS
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