Our projects are diverse in scale and type. We’ve designed studios for artists, and masterplans for developers who have a vision to make better cities. In between these scales we’ve designed many houses and buildings, all contributing to making the places we live and work in richer. Well-designed buildings make life easier, more comfortable, and more pleasurable.
Each project at Mole is informed by the nature of the place and the specifics of the project. We’re lucky to have worked with clients with ambition and a passion for architecture. Our work reflects this, resulting in unique buildings that reflect something about the people we work with. There’s also a consistency about what we do: an interest in material, texture, and colour. A desire to make buildings that are surprising in their context but somehow feel right. An ambition to make buildings that use less energy, and feel good to be in.
GROUNDWORKS COMMENCE AT MARMALADE LANE
The Contractor Coulson Group who are constructed our project at Marmalade Lane, have commenced groundworks on the West Terrace and South Terrace. The 42 home co-housing scheme for developers TOWNHus at Orchard Park, Cambridge is designed to the highest sustainability standards, and offers a high degree of customisation to home owners. The project commenced in June 2017 and will be completed in Spring 2018.
Director Meredith Bowles participated as a tutor at Studio In The Woods; a making workshop over four days. Now in its eighth year, the annual workshop was started by architect Piers Taylor, with whom Meredith collaborates. This year our team of 12 constructed an experimental gridshell from green timber lathes, milled on site and hoisted into place from the surrounding trees.
Mole have won a trio of 2017 RIBA Awards for three recently completed residential projects, Marsh Hill in Suffolk for private clients Ben and Richard, Houseboat in Dorset for Roger Zogolovitch of Solidspace and Walmer Yard for Crispin Kelly of Baylight Properties. High quality residential design is the cornerstone of our architectural practice, and it is terrific when all the hard work that goes into a project – by us and by others – is recognised by these prestigious awards. We collaborated with Rebecca Granger Architects on the Houseboat, and with the contractor for Walmer Yard which was designed By Peter Salter and Associates.
K1 Cohousing is featured in RIBA exhibition on Social housing at the RIBA at Portland Place, London. The exhibition captures some of the most innovative examples of social housing across Europe. Drawing together 24 case studies by 20 practices from eight European countries, it explores a range of typologies, design approaches and refurbishment strategies. Based on 'Social housing - Definitions and Design' produced by Karakusevic Carson Architects in collaboration with RIBA Publishing it offers a challenge to housing professionals to rethink how we build and highlight the vital role of public and low cost housing in the life of our cities. Between April 18 - May 28, this exhibition is free entry and open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm; Tuesdays 10am to 8pm. www.architecture.com
Mole's HouseBoat is a new house, located on a site overlooking Poole Harbour. It has been shortlisted for the RIBA South West and Wessex Awards. The winners will be announced at an evening event at the Harbour Hotel Bristol on 23 May.
Photography by: Rory Gardiner.