5th Studio is a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. The practice combines strategic thinking at the very large scale with understanding the concrete implications on the ground: we are interested in the practical skills of making and building as well as planning and infrastructure. We are currently working in some of the most challenging parts of London, Cambridge and Oxford, with a focus on masterplanning and the realisation of buildings within those larger plans.
5th Studio is seeking talented and enthusiastic Part 1 & 2 designers to join our London and Cambridge studios. We are currently seeking applications for positions starting summer 2019.
Applicants should be:
Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org, to include the following:
No hard copy applications. Please note that due to the volume of applications we can only respond to shortlisted applicants.
5th Studio is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all backgrounds.
We're delighted to find out that the New Cross Area Framework has been shortlisted for the New London Awards 2019.
New London Architecture (NLA) is the independent centre for London’s built environment, where professionals, politicians and the public can meet, learn and have a voice on the future shape of London. NLA’s annual New London Awards, presented in association with the Mayor of London, celebrate the very best architecture, planning and development schemes making the capital a better place in which to live, work and play.
Shortlisted under the Masterplanning & Area Strategies category, the New Cross Area Framework sets out an ambitious and practical vision that maximises the benefit of infrastructure investment in connection with the Bakerloo line extension, through co-ordinating, negotiating and integrating the needs and desires of all those that have a stake in the future of New Cross. More information about the New Cross area Framework can be read on our project page here.
The winners will be announced at the NLA Annual Lunch at the Guildhall on Wednesday the 3rd of July. More information about the New London Awards can be found here.
5th Studio is one of ten practices invited to participate in the London exhibition for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism, Republic of Korea. The exhibition is curated by Peter Bishop with Isabel Allen as Creative Director. The Biennale is co-Directed by Jaeyong Lim & Francisco Sanin and opens in September.
We are now on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution that will be characterised by a fusion of technologies that will blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. The current speed of these breakthroughs is changing almost every aspect of our lives. London is a city of constant adaptation, which is why it has remained one of the major cities in the world. In this exhibition we will consider London’s key strengths and attributes that it will need to develop in order to remain a paradigm of urban living in the 21st Century; a city that celebrates intense human interaction.
5th Studio have been invited to contribute a proposition around the idea of London as a city to work in, through and beyond the middle of this century.
In describing the exhibition Peter Bishop says:
’The Seoul biennale is establishing itself as one of the principal forums of debate about the future of cities not just in Asia but globally and I am excited to have been given the opportunity to curate London’s contribution to this debate. It will be an opportunity to showcase the wealth of ideas and architectural talent from both students and new and established practices. The theme ‘London is…’ will pose propositions concerning what the successful city will look like by the middle of the century. Although based on new ideas for London, we hope that our exhibition will strike a resonance with other cities across the world.’
For further information contact Tom Holbrook via email: tom@5thStudio.co.uk. The official Instagram is: @London_is.2019
Other participating practices include Assemblage, Studio Egret West and dRMM. The exhibition will also showcase visions for a future London by students from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
Tom Holbrook will be speaking at the forthcoming ’Transforming Peripheries’ Urban Land Conference in Ulm, Germany in September.
A large segment of Europe’s population lives outside the traditional city: in towns, in suburbia or on the urban fringes. To date this territory has not received the attention it deserves (see for example our provocation here).
The conference - organised by the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism at Biberach University - will investigate strategies for shaping these marginal territories, with input from policy makers, urban designers, business leaders, academics and community groups. Other speakers include AWB’s Joachim Declerck (Brussels), Interboro’s Georgeen Theodore (Brooklyn, USA) and Christian Schmid from ETH’s Future Cities Laboratory (Zurich).
The conference is on the 26 September 2019 - more details and registration here:
We’re really excited to hear that our recently completed Feel Good Too Centre, in Leyton, will be one of the host venues for the international Beach Volley Ball Championships in May 2019. It’s great that this fantastic new facility for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, has been selected for the Continental Cup.
5th Studio are delighted to have been so closely involved in the design and delivery of this project, including the inland beach and its six volleyball courts. We’re looking forward to the spring, when the site's landscaping will be established, and the Borough gets to fulfil the project's ambitions by hosting an international sporting event, as part of their commitment to the Olympic legacy.
More information on the coming tournament and the reaction to its announcement can be found on Volleyball England's website here.
5th Studio and urban designers We Made That have been appointed by a partnership of LB Lewisham, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority to develop a practical vision for the area.
The final draft of the New Cross Area Framework is currently out to public consultation until 14th December 2018.
There are three ways to view and comment on proposals:
Read more about our involvement on the project here.
Tom will be discussing his experience of practice-based doctoral research at a conference hosted by Virginia Tech at their Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, USA.
Virginia Tech is hosting a forum of globally distinguished practitioners and researchers in the architecture, landscape and design disciplines in order to explore Practice-Based Research. It will focus on new forms and methods of knowledge-production & innovation and investigate the potential of reducing barriers between the academy and industry.
The conference is free to attend and is at the WAAC, 601 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314 between the 12th and 14th November.
As part of the Venice Biennale Architettura 2018 series 'Meetings on Architecture' 5th Studio have been invited to contribute to a Symposium to be held in the Australian Pavilion on Saturday 17 November as part of a group of international participants.
'Meetings on Architecture' is a programme of events that take place during the 16th International Architecture Exhibition from May to November in 2018. The programme is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara and explores all aspects of their FREESPACE Manifesto.
This event is part of the Repair exhibition curated by Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco with artist Linda Tegg for the Australian pavilion. The curators aim to reveal what is displaced when we occupy land, inviting one to look anew at the ground we use. This panel will extend this theme, showing and discussing projects that disclose what is displaced, replaced, altered, adapted, destroyed, repaired, not ‘seen’ or overlooked when we use the ground.
Tickets available here.
We are excited to reveal the mural for The Coalface, which is a new coworking space in Finsbury Park designed by 5th Studio. The scaffolding has just come down to reveal the full extent of the external transformation.
As a former railway coal depot, the graphics reference diagrams of geological strata. The mural was designed by Maddison Graphic (who are also collaborating on the workspace identity) and executed by Jane-lee Palmer and Keir Ralph.
Construction work on the internal transformation of the building is nearing completion and this exciting contemporary workspace will be unveiled later this Autumn.
The Lea River Park is exhibited as part of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial, currently at BOZAR / Centre for Fine Art, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels.
The Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB) aims to sensitise the wider public to the importance of water and its related cycles in the urban landscape. In this context the exhibition Rising Waters – Shaping Our Gardens, Street And Urban Valleys, curated by Joachim Declerck (Architecture Workroom Brussels), is held at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. It is a collaboration between Architecture Workroom Brussels, BOZAR, Bureau Bas Smets, Latitude Platform, JNC International, and Taktyk.
More information here.
Our multi-sports, community rooms and landscape regeneration project at Ive Farm for Waltham Forest was opened by Clr Clare Coghill on Friday October 5th.
The project redevelops the run-down playing fields site in Leyton, providing competition standard facilities for football, hockey, beach volleyball and athletics, along with informal jogging trails, petanque and community allotment raised growing beds. The pavilion building at the heart of the park includes changing facilities and a public cafe.
The project restates the community legacy of the 2012 Olympics and opens up this small but valuable site as Metropolitan Open Land, connecting with green infrastructure routes across the borough.
February Phillips is presenting at the 2018 RIBA Smart Practice Conference with the theme of ‘Value-added’. She will be talking about assessing the social value of refurbishing brutalist buildings using Wolfson Flats, Churchill College, a 5th Studio project, as case study.
The session will be chaired by Flora Samuel, RIBA Vice President for Research, and the key speaker is Dr. Jennifer Thomas, Head of Built Environment, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The event is on Thursday 4th October at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
Third year student Selam joined 5th Studio’s weekly site visit to our project at Ive Farm which is currently in the final month of construction.
5th Studio runs monthly mentoring workshops as practice mentors with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Building Futures Programme. Together with workshops focused on creating a portfolio and preparing for job applications, site visits like this are a great teaching opportunity, offering a practical insight into delivering public projects in London.
More information about the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Building Futures Programme can be found here.
Tom Holbrook will be taking part in a Demos fringe event at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Liverpool to discuss some of the challenges of the UK’s crisis. The talk is entitled Quantity and quality – How can we make sure new homes improve quality of life, and build strong communities?
The event will be chaired by Alan Lockey, Head of Research at Demos, and Tom will be joined by Sarah Jones MP, John Myers, Co-founder of YIMBY and David Thomas, Group Chief Executive of Barratt Development.
The event is on Monday 24th September, 7.30am – 9.30am Concourse Room 9, ACC Liverpool and will be situated inside the Conference secured zone.
The Lea River Park has been announced as a finalist in the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2018.
It is one of 25 finalists from across Europe selected by an international jury, the winning project and commendations will be announced on the 20th June at a ceremony taking place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Read more about the European Prize for Urban Public Space can be found here.
More information about 5th Studio's long term involvement in creating the Lea River Park can be read on our project page here.