Sketchbook and Models
Buildings can take some while to get from the first spark of an idea to completion on site, and we are usually involved at every stage of the process. At any one time we will have buildings on site, and at the other end of the spectrum will be designing first concepts and testing out new ideas. Some projects take years to come to fruition, others are much quicker. All are the result of ambition and a great deal of hard work. All begin with someone with a spark of an idea and a desire for something beautiful, daring, and different.
NEW HOUSE, CAMBRIDGE
We’ve just started a new project for a new house in Cambridge. Located in the Edwardian suburbs, it sits amongst detached substantial houses on spacious plots. The unusually shaped plot has led to a design that splits living spaces into two, separated by a courtyard onto which both halves look. From the street the tall front wall is topped by a lightweight second floor floating behind the large ash tree.
Point Clear, St Osyth
Competition entry for a holiday house in point Clear, on the Essex coast. The architecture suggests the contingent occupation of this holiday outpost. Static caravans, breakwaters and concrete slipways sit alongside simple chalets facing the north sea.
New Inn Hotel:
Ideas for a new bridal suite as part of the refurbishment of a listed pub and gardens. The little building is designed to break up the outside space alongside the existing pub, creating two courtyards, one for parking, and one for dal fresco dining. Ideas for the building all stem from the idea of miniaturisation and are derived from a dovecote, a beehive, and a lantern. The resulting room/building is delicate and decorative and playful
BEYOND GREEN HOUSING, CAMBRIDGE
invited competition entry
Mole has worked in collaboration with architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and 5th Studio to create this housing scheme for developers Beyond Green. The 250 unit scheme is designed to Code 5, and is an embodiment of the developer’s ethos of ‘abundant green’. The scheme creates a series of car-free courts which are used as shared gardens, with parking under the gardens. Streets are imagined as active, with planting, greenhouses, all designed to ensure a very ‘liveable’ environment.
PARKSTONE YACHT CLUB, POOLE
Invited competition entry
Our invited competition entry- in collaboration with Rebecca Granger Architects- for a new yacht club in Poole Harbour is designed to ensure maximum view of the water, and includes a deck for summer activities, and a bar that spills out onto the lawn. Clad in ceramic or metal tiles for low maintenance, the building is designed to be constructed as a phased development to allow the club to continue in operation during construction.