We are a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. We work with our clients and commissioners to create beauty and enduring value from complex situations, for new and existing buildings, through to larger-scale urban strategies.

Public / Community

Ive Farm Sports Ground — London
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5th Studio's design approach allies conceptual clarity with practical 'making' skills – and is underpinned by a series of principles which inform the way we design and deliver projects.

5th Studio are able to think, design and organise at a strategic scale - operating across infrastructure, engineering, conservation, ecology and planning. Our work at this extra-large scale - across projects which range from the re-thinking postindustrial landscapes to the strategic planning of future change within historic cities - aims to create strong places by combining visceral and analytical responses to their particular topographies.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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Our work is anchored by the experience of working and thinking across this spectrum of scales, disciplines and projects: we are skilled at thinking strategically, whilst also maintaining a meticulous attention to detail. With studios in London, Cambridge and Oxford we are able to maintain a close connection to the people and environments with which we work.

Education / Innovation

Clifton House Workspace — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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...their creative analysis of space, and understanding of place, has exceeded expectations... Their outputs are proven to be both visually appealing, and capable of bringing abstract spatial concepts and relationships ‘to life’ for analysts and decision-makers. 5th Studio’s work has been vital in securing the confidence of senior stakeholders and in communicating analyses and conclusions to a generalist audience.

The National Infrastructure Commission describing our work

News

Tom Holbrook will be speaking at the 9th ECTP Conference, Madrid, on 2 December.

The ECTP (European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform) is exploring ways to shift the European construction industry to the heart of green transition in the built environment.

Following a welcome from the Mayor of Madrid, José-Luis Martinez-Almeida, Tom will address the role of the built environment in promoting health and wellbeing, speaking about our experience in the transformation of East London. The session will be chaired by Marta Fernandez (RMIT Europe, ECTP Vice-President on Built4Life) and Helianthe Kort (TU Eindhoven).

Booking in-person and online attendance here.

Portrait by Tim Soar

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5th Studio are an industry research partner as part of the EU-funded REDI PhD training program. We are pleased to announce that the application process for the first round of the REDI program is now open. REDI is a unique offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

5th Studio will host a doctoral researcher, able to draw on 5th Studio's networks and portfolio of past and current projects. Researchers will be supported by the practice and supervisors Prof. Tom Holbrook (5th Studio) and Prof. Martyn Hook (RMIT) to research by design within three broad themes, falling under the heading of Making Cities: Centres & Edges:

Ecological Urbanism

Project: Research through design at the very large scale, addressing the challenges of climate change in the city. Deep contexts, ecologies – methodologies for documenting evolution of land uses and existing conditions. Estate retrofit. Conceptions of the 15-minute city, circular economy, social equity. Approaches to adaptive re-use, retrofit, co-production + community empowerment.

A New Hansa

Project: Exploring intra-national interplays between contemporary resonances of the old Hanseatic League of countries / city states around the North Sea. Exploring energy production, common conditions and environments, climate change adaptation and resilience, post-Brexit conditions and sociologies. Drawing on and building networks of city governance and practitioners: Amsterdam, Hamburg, Malmo, Copenhagen, Oslo. Rural/urban relationships – landscape re-wilding and repair.

Urban Logistics

Project: Exploring emerging thinking on logistics within the city, including food /just-in-time relationships, new markets, distribution of building materials, waste and the circular economy. Exploration of different modes including water, rail, new transport, Consolidation within cities; future of work. Emerging architectural hybrids that draw on co-location and intensification; new typologies and urban Impacts; social aspects. Economic and historical survey of precedents.

For more information visit the REDI program website here.

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Publications

While the Olympic Park and its associated paraphernalia of furniture and lighting did its best to lay a freshly designed carpet over an area of shagginess, 5th Studio’s work feels more like the kind of hard-working infrastructure that might have always been here.

Oliver Wainwright, The river that London forgot, The Guardian

Awards

  • RIBA Multiple Award Winner

News

  • Nominated for Architects of the Year

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  • Tom Holbrook talk at the London School of Architecture 7.30pm 10.8.15

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London

Unit 14
21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF
t +44 (0)20 7837 7221
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Cambridge

Darkroom
Gwydir Street
Cambridge CB1 2LJ
t +44 (0)1223 516009
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Oxford

2 King Edward Street
Oxford OX1 4HS
t +44 (0)1865 684004
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Stay in touch

We are keen to recieve CVs and short portfolios from Part 1 and Part 2 designers. Please contact us via recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk

We actively encourage qualified applicants who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, disabled, women and LGBTQIA+, as these groups are under-represented throughout the built environment professions.