Mole Architects is an award-winning architectural practice based in Cambridge, founded by Meredith Bowles in 1997. From The Black House in the Cambridgeshire Fens (featured in the V&A architecture gallery) to the Living Architecture collaboration on the Balancing Barn, the practice has been marked out by its distinctiveness, originality and personality. Mole makes buildings described by Elle Decoration as ‘not just green but gorgeous’, expressing a commitment to cutting-edge sustainability alongside a passion for colour, form and material quality. Mole’s ethos combines innovation and common sense, and celebrates individuality. Recent commissions span a wide range of building types, from one-off houses, to apartments and yacht clubs, and clients include artists, developers, housing associations and universities.
All Mole’s buildings are the result of many hours of collaborative work. Whatever the scale, all demonstrate an interest in the craft of making, and are uniquely tailored to their purpose. Each building is finely tuned, and brings pleasure to the daily rituals that define our lives.
are taking part in the London Open City debates, with an evening symposium on the state of housing, and the role of architects in shaping this urgent need. Good design improves lives, but solving the housing crisis requires changes in politics, economics and care for 'society' - coupled with long term planning - to better lives in a more sustainable world. How can the profession help?
Wednesday 22 April, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS
- Chaired by David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
- Meredith Bowles, Mole Architects
- Tom Holbrook, 5th Studio
- Jonathan Smales, Beyond Green
- Luke Tozer, Pitman Tozer Architects
- ... question the ways things are