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Feilden Fowles Studio

This self-initiated and self-funded project demonstrates Feilden Fowles’ ambition for the practice and capacity to see projects through regardless of scale and challenges. It also demonstrates our commitment to education projects and contributing to local communities.

Designed as a demountable structure, the studio is built of a Douglas fir timber frame clad with corrugated Onduline bitumen sheets. The materials are redolent of agricultural building forms, reinterpreted for its actual purpose to house an emerging team of architects. The long elevation facing south is articulated by steel T columns and floor to ceiling glazing providing uninterrupted views of the garden (designed by Dan Pearson Studio). The columns have defined a 1830mm grid, equivalent to ¾ of a plywood sheet, which ensures an efficient use of materials and minimal cuts and wastage.

The entire studio has been designed to embody the values of the practice, as a demonstration of a rational, highly articulated and low-cost structure that provides a model typology for contemporary work and education spaces. The completion of the studio marks the second phase of the Waterloo City Farm development.

Project: Feilden Fowles Studio
Location: London
Budget: £180,000
Internal floor area: 133 sqm
Status: Completed 2016


Structural engineer: Structure Workshop
Timber specialist and carpenter: Timber Workshop
Main contractor: Miles Builders
Landscape architect: Dan Pearson Studio


RIBA London Award 2017, winner
Wood Awards 2017, Small Project Winner
AJ Small Project Awards 2017, finalist

Selected press

July 2019, Eleanor Young, ‘Feilden Fowles: A learning experience‘, Damn Magazine

May 2019, Susanne Kippenberger, ‘Für den Eigenbedarf‘, Sonntag

March 2019, Register podcast, interview by Andrew Clancy

August 2018, Oliver Wainwright, ‘Design a penthouse – then feed the pigs‘, The Guardian

January 2017, David Grandorge, ‘Less is More‘, Architecture Today


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