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.
West Acre Village Hall
Mole have been chosen to design a new village hall for West Acre in Norfolk. The village is set in beautiful countryside, and unusually has a theatre, and a snooker club which both draw people from outside the village. The existing village hall will be replaced with houses, with the land value being gifted to the new village hall.
Mole, teamed up with developers Town, are one of three shortlisted to design 38 homes for the newly-formed 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.