We have always been passionate about hand sketches and making models, sometimes even at a very large scale, and see them as essential design tools. This has become an integral part of our studio culture. Models allow us to explore carving, assembling, forming, and folding. Working with cardboard, chunks of stone, wood, steel and glass—checking, measuring, explaining and working with clients and engineers—plotting spaces and details.

This three-dimensional way of working is, for us, the best way to develop and understand subtle and complex spaces and forms, whilst helping both clients, and potential funding partners, to fully visualise the finished space. It is a way of ‘being there’ and feeling what it’s like, just another tool to help us get to the essence of the thing. The following images area selection of models we have created over the past three decades:

Clermont-Ferrand Metropolitan Area Library, France

Museum of London West Smithfield

Glass Entrances at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, London

UCL East Marshgate, London

The Oren, London

Shorts Gardens, London


Giacometti: Pure Presence Exhibition, London

Blossom Street, London

Cambridge Judge Business School

Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, London

Royal Opera House, London

25 Savile Row (project), London

North London School (competition), London

Waddesdon Bequest Gallery, London

Arcus IV, Moscow

Flexible Workplace System (competition)

Natural History Museum (competition), London

Ballet Studio Façade Study, London

Riverwalk, London

North West Cambridge

A2/A3 Wood Wharf, London

B5 Southbank Place, London

Private House Hampstead, London

V&A Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 Exhibition, London

Mailbox, Birmingham

The Lighterman King's Cross, London

King's Cross Square, London

The Peak Gateway Resort, Derbyshire

Britten-Pears Archive, Suffolk

Museum of Concrete Art and Design (competition), Ingolstadt

Fish & Coal Feasibility Study, London

Cologne Archives (competition), Germany

Musée d'arts de Nantes, France

Parabola Building (competition), London

Fitzroy Park House, London

Virginia Water Pavilion, Surrey

Victoria Hall King's Cross, London

Glass Entrances at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, London

Bourne Hill Offices, Wiltshire

Sprengel Museum (competition), Germany

Hackney Marshes Centre, London

Turner and the Masters Exhibition, London

The Berrow Foundation Building Lincoln College, Oxford

Brunel University Feasibility Study, Uxbridge

First Emperor Exhibition (competition), London

Poulton Gorse (project), Gloucestershire

Warwick University (competition), Coventry

Königswinter: Drachenfelsplateau (competition), Germany

Preston Tithebarn Car Park (competition), Lancashire

Stadtmuseum Berlin (project), Germany

London 2012 Olympics - Eton Manor, London

Gerhard Richter Portraits Exhibition, London

UAL Campus for Central Saint Martins, London

Beethoven Development (competition), Amsterdam

House of Fraser, Bristol

Chilver Hall, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Crawley New Town Hall (project), Sussex

V&A Ceramics Galleries, London

Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge

V&A Boilerhouse Gallery Feasibility Study, London

The Peak Gateway Resort, Derbyshire

Glass Entrances at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station (competition), London

Argenta House, London

V&A Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition, London

Padova Botanic Gardens (project), Italy

Cadbury - Bournville Place, Birmingham

Platinum Project, Marks & Spencer

The Warren Woolwich, London

Woodberry Down (competition), London

Mary Rose Museum (competition), Portsmouth

Redchurch Street (project), London

Compton Verney Art Gallery - Phase II, Warwickshire

Sloane Square (project), London

Tate St Ives (competition), Cornwall

Selfridges - 2nd floor, Birmingham

Monsoon Kings Road (project), London

Selfridges: Oxford Street 1st and 2nd floor, London

Rainham: Urban Design Framework, London

Royal Ascot Hall of Fame (project), Berkshire

Whitby Abbey Visitors Centre, Yorkshire

Central Saint Matins (project), London

Panopticon Building (competition) London

BBC Portland Place (competition), London

Tower of London , Tower Hill

Castle Ashby Exhibition Hall (project), Northamptonshire

Four Brindleyplace, Birmingham

Compton Verney Art Gallery - Phase I, Warwickshire

Millennium Seed Bank, West Sussex

Mere Farm (project), Wiltshire

Science Museum - new wing (competition), London

The Triforium Gallery Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

RFAC Thames Study, London

The Design Museum Galleries, London

Hayward Gallery Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor Exhibition, London

Tate St Ives Gallery (competition), Cornwall

St Mary Abbots (Project), London

RIBA Centre (Project), London