Churchill College

Churchill College

Mole were announced as runner’s up in a competition  for Churchill College in Cambridge to provide 32 new graduate rooms on  a site next to the Grade 2 Listed Sheppard Flats. Our scheme separated the rooms into three ‘houses’ with south-facing shared living rooms.  The forms of the three houses are variations on a standard ‘type’, with each house unique according to it’s location



Marsh Hill

Marsh Hill 

Our clients move in! The replacement house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Suffolk coast, has been completed, although the landscape will take a while to re-establish itself. These aerial images show the twisting zinc roof that folds up to contain the master bedroom.  The linear plan makes the most of stupendous views over the tidal salt marshes and the River Alde.

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.


Barton Road

Mole have obtained planning permission for a new house in the central conservation area of Ely. Replacing a double garage in the grounds of the clients existing home, the house takes inspiration from the roof of the Nave at Ely Cathedral, with a steep pitch and metal covering. Similarly the materiality and detailing of the proposed building takes cues from the verticality and fluting of the cathedral facades, and the vertical stonework of the interior. The façade of the house employs a serrated brickwork facade, with recessed windows behind reconstituted stone surrounds. The overall quality is intended to be a subtle variation of traditional brick domestic architecture, drawing explicitly on local buildings to produce a facade of exceptional quality.

University of Cambridge housing


The concrete frame for our post-graduate housing for the University of Cambridge has been completed by BAM Construction. The five storey tower will mark the entrance to the new housing quarter, with the doctor's surgery located on the lower two floors on the main street to the new square. The four-storey apartments on the left will form part of a new residential court.

stackyard RIBA


Stackyard has won three awards in the 2015 RIBA East Awards, given to buildings that have made an important contribution to architecture.  Chosen from a shortlist of 16 buildings, Stackyard was one of 8 to receive an RIBA East Award; it also received the RIBA East Sustainability Award.  Our Clients Ian and Jane McClintock also received the Client of the Year Award, in recognition of their own ambition for the project. The house also featured in the Sunday Times within a Long List for the 2015 Manser Medal.

Award Plaque

Award Plaque

Ben has put together the final touches to Hugh's winning design for the new plaque for the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards.  The new plaques will be awarded by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry and Cambridge City Council (CFCI) to the most outstanding schemes in the City.  Director Meredith Bowles is a Council member of the CFCI and a judge on the Awards.

Job Vacancies: Part I and Part II Architectural Assistants 

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic Part I and Part II Architectural Assistants to come and join our Cambridge design studio. We’re working on an exciting range of projects; current workload includes new build houses, student housing, extensions to historic buildings, and a village hall.

Applicants should be dynamic and enthusiastic individuals with excellent design and communication skills. Strong presentation skills, including excellent hand drawing and model-making, and a good understanding of construction detailing are essential. We use Vectorworks, Renderworks, SketchUp and Vray.  Mole Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Please send a CV and examples of your work by 10/04/2016 less than 10MB in single PDF form to:

[email protected]

or by post to:

Mole Architects

52 Burleigh Street






 Cambridge Co-Housing

Mole, teamed up with developers Town, have won the competition to design 38 homes for the Cambridge K1 Co-Housing Group.  Land at Orchard Park owned by the City of Cambridge is to be developed as Cambridge's first co-housing project, designed to Passivhaus standards around a common garden overlooked by a Common House. Our scheme with Town revolves around a number of house and apartment types which allow multiple variations of layout to suit differing family requirements.  The scheme will be developed with residents with a view to getting on site in 2016

Mole catalogue

“One of Britain’s top 10 architect provocateurs, who are shaking things up with bold, innovative designs.” – Sunday Times

Hindolveston home

Hindolveston Road housing

The £1.2 million scheme for Broadland Housing Association won the Best Affordable Housing Scheme at the Housing Excellence Awards 2014. These awards celebrate the best social housing in the UK. Mole’s scheme beat a shortlist of 8 projects. The scheme was also shortlisted in the 2014 Passivhaus Awards for the best Architectural Design.

“One of Britain’s 20 top-notch architects.”

— Sunday Telegraph

The Black House home

Mole houses in Pevsner update

The Black House and Cavendish Avenue have been included in the new edition of Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England. The Cambridgeshire volume has been revised and updated by Simon Bradley, including new entries describing the best buildings in the County built since the first edition written by Pevsner in 1954.

“Thank you so much for all your creativity, hard work, tenacity and patience. The result is brilliant. I still feel a 'wow' when I come home!”

Sue Collins, Hedge House

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