Studio 'Shop Window'

MW Architects - Christmas Shop Window

One of the things we are most excited about at the new studio is our ‘shop windows’. It has made a big difference to the atmosphere within the practice to see the world go by during the day and we really want to start a rolling series of window displays to give something back to the street scene in our new home.

With Christmas being the first major occasion since moving in it was decided the first scene for the window display should be a festive feature.

MW Architects - Business Cards

Earlier in the year we had a rebranding exercise that resulted in our fabulous new website and some rather funky business cards that are inspired by origami techniques. Unfortunately since moving our surplus business cards became defunct due to the change of address but Clare had the idea to use them to create a series of mobiles within the window. One window features falling snow and business card stars whilst the other window has a minimal business card Christmas tree.

We think the results are very cool and a really good re-use of our old business cards that would otherwise have been thrown away. It has been particularly enjoyable to see passers-by come and press their noses right against the glass to take a closer look which hopefully is a good sign for future window displays; Watch this Space!

Clare making a business card Christmas Tree
Christmas Front Door - MW Architects
Christmas Shop Window - MW Architects
Christmas Shop Window - MW Architects
MW Architects - The Visit of Secret Santa

We have moved - first pin up in new studio!

First Pin-Ups in new studio

We have made the move from our old offices in London Bridge to our own studio in Brockley. We are very excited to be in our new space and look forward to exploring the potential opportunities being here may provide. We’ve already had a few pin ups around the meeting table - here is Luke presenting a little taste of some of the work his students have been doing at Birmingham School of Architecture to the rest of the team.

MW Architects wins Ultimate Luxury Bathroom Design of the Year 2018!

Recently our Luxury Master Suite (see: https://www.mwarchitects.co.uk/blog/2018/7/9/master-suite) won the Ultimate Luxury Bathroom Design of the Year category at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2018. 

We were delighted that the judges recognised the careful process of keeping the spatial design fairly simple to allow the natural quality of the materials and the skilful craft of their assembly to be the main event. 

Here is what the judges had to say about the design:

 

The Luxury Bathroom category is always a great pleasure for the judges because for the designers it’s a test - having a huge budget doesn’t necessarily mean great design. What we saw this year is what I would describe as restraint. It is hard if you have a huge budget to exercise restraint…the projects we enjoyed and got through the shortlist were the ones where the money had been spent on the materials and then the materials were left to speak for themselves. 

The winner of the Luxury Bathroom category actually stood out to us as being a superb use and control of light and space and materials. The materials were so beautifully selected and so fabulously executed that they also enhance the use of the space, they create an ambience in the space that is warm but I would say it is contemporary. So the bathroom really is exuberant, and it is luxurious.

 

New Studio Space taking shape

There are exciting times ahead for MW Architects as we are about to move into a new studio space in South East London. We are currently hard at work fitting out the new studio to provide it with desk spaces, a meeting area, a kitchen and a model making workshop. We are super excited about the move and the impact working in the new space will have on the way we operate. Watch this space for news on our new studio which will be unveiled in the next few weeks. 

New Architects 3

New Architects 3 is the definitive survey of the best British Architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005. The third book in the Architecture Foundation's highly influential series, it feature close to 100 practices, selected by a jury of leading critics and curators. As a portrait of the emerging talent in one of the worlds most consistently influential architectural cultures, New Architects 3 casts light on the future of architecture in the UK and beyond. The book features more than 450 illustrations of the selected practices' work and is introduced by the Pritzker Architects Prize laureate, Norman Foster. 

We were extremely pleased that we were able to share some of our work alongside some of Britains other best young architecture practices. We were able to share briefly our Essex Mews and Cecelia Road projects, which you can check out fully on our projects page. 

The Housing Design Handbook

by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty

Everyone deserves a decent and affordable home, a truth (almost) universally acknowledged. But housing in the UK has been in a state of crisis for decades, with too few homes built, too often of dubious quality, and costing too much to buy, rent or inhabit. It doesn’t have to be like this. Bringing together a wealth of experience from a wide range of housing experts, this completely revised edition of The Housing Design Handbook provides an authoritative, comprehensive and systematic guide to best practice in what is perhaps the most contentious and complex field of architectural design.

This book sets out design principles for all the essential components of successful housing design – including placemaking, typologies and density, internal and external space, privacy, security, tenure, and community engagement – illustrated with case studies of schemes by architecture practices working across the UK and continental Europe.

Written by David Levitt and Jo McCafferty – two recognised authorities in the field – and with contributions from more than twenty other leading practitioners, The Housing Design Handbook is an essential reference for professionals and students in architecture and design as well as for government bodies, housing associations and other agencies involved in housing.

Makeover - Conversions and extensions of homes and residential space

Makeover - MW Architects
Makeover - MW Architects

In the world of architecture and construction there is a general consensus that many existing residential buildings will have to be substantially renovated within the next few years – not only because they are technically outdated but also because their functionality and esthetics are no lon - ger in line with contemporary demands and requirements. For each venture of this type, the owners and architects must deal and come to terms with the existing structures. Some projects consist of only a few square meters within an old building while others exceed the size of the previ - ously existing living space.

Based on more than 100 carefully selected works, the whole scope of possibilities for extensions and conver - sions is presented – from multi-floor annexes, via newly designed existing spaces, to additional sections or merged spaces. Some of the interventions are understated, while others are preeminent, utilizing matching or contrasting materials, and exhibiting a great variety of different styles – whether minimalist, rustic, elaborate, elegant ..

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We are hiring!!

Part I Architectural Assistant

MW Architects are looking for a Part I Architectural Assistant to join their vibrant studio in central London! 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Part I to become an integral part of our team giving you the opportunity to gain large amounts of experience across all RIBA stages from initial design to experience on site. Focusing mainly on the high end residential market that thrives here in London, there is the opportunity for you to play an integral role in our design process. Assisting our architects with the day to day running of projects you will also be given the opportunity to flourish as an individual leading on competition entries. 

As the perfect candidate you will ideally be an enthusiastic, hard working individual having recently gained your Part I qualification ready to join our team for a minimum of 9 months. You will comparable of competently working as both part of a team and individually when you are required to do so, taking initiative to deliver the best work you are capable of. As a Part I at MW Architects you will be required to have excellent visual and graphic skills, fluent in the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as excellent architectural design skills. As a practice we use BIM to assist us throughout the architectural process, therefore experience using 3D modelling software is essential, with experience using Archicad being an added bonus. We also produce all of our own in house renders using CineRender by Maxon so experience with rendering will also be an added benefit to your application.

Essential Skills Required

  • Excellent design and aesthetic awareness

  • Experience producing content for social media

  • Fluent in both spoken and written English

  • Productive both as a team and an individual

  • A desire to work on competition entries, producing unique designs

  • Interest in learning and developing knowledge of all RIBA stages

  • Strong graphic, visualisation and layout skills

  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)

  • Previous 3D modelling experience

Preferred Skills;

  • Fluent using MacOS

  • Videography skills

  • Experience rendering using CineRender

  • Experience using Archicad

Benefits of working at MW Architects;

  • Valuable and insightful experience across all work stage

  • Competitive salary

  • Health insurance

How to apply;

If you think you would fit well into the MW Architects team then please send your CV, covering letter and a short portfolio of your work to jobs@mwarchitects.co.uk with the subject 'Part 1 - August 2018' (please ensure the file size is less than 5mb and in pdf format as otherwise we won’t receive it!)