Of equal importance to our work is the drive to learn and innovate. Our in-house research groups support our design teams and act as independent think tanks. Our mission is to co-opt ideas outside of architecture’s standard discourse into the day to day life of the studio.
One of the outcomes of this research is the Edge, completed in 2015. The Edge is, according to BREEAM, the most sustainable office building in the world, and, according to Bloomberg, the world’s smartest building.
Beyond sustainability, we are interested in how advanced geometry, fabrication and material research can lead to new architectural typologies. Working together with Cambridge University, we are developing a proposal for London’s first all-timber residential highrise. This 300 meter tower employs a structural system poised to radically alter construction methods in the upcoming years as well as fundamentally transform our relationship with nature in the city.
We also look at the sometimes unexpected impact of technology on our cities and our way of life. We are currently researching the critical role of mobility in the contemporary metropolis through the development of an integrated form of movement through the city and its buildings. One of our current projects is SkyPod – a new vertical transportation concept which will revolutionise skyscraper design, reducing the need for space inefficient elevator shafts and allowing previously unimaginable buildings to be built. Another project is CarTube (www.cartube.global), an urban transport system based on a fusion of two technologies - mass transit and autonomous vehicle – that will radically reinvent urban mobility and change the nature of public realm in the city.
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