Barnsbury Town House - The project reorganises a series of well proportioned rooms across a five storey Georgian Town House. With every intervention the scheme aims to emphasise the found qualities and details already present. A new meandering stone staircase redirects the public life of the house towards the mineral lower ground floor and its garden beyond.
In February 2019 we won a competition to reimagine the future of Holyrood street, a quiet working mews adjacent to London Bridge railway station. Our project forms part of the Low Line network of public spaces running alongside the railway viaducts from Bankside to South Bermondsey.
Working alongside The Connection, a charity helping homeless people back into work, we proposed a public market designed around a central garden kiosk that celebrated and enhanced the neighbouring pocket park. The initial phase of the works has just been granted planning permission by Southwark Council and will be completed in early 2020.
The renewal and extension of a 1970's house in central London is nearing completion. Our interventions celebrate the materials and details of mass produced housing of this period.
We join a large number of architectural practices declaring a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.
We work hard to get to carbon positive in all our buildings, using embodied carbon sinks and make maximum use of renewable energy sources.
Our project for a raised walled garden and artist studios in South London has started on site. The scheme, a competition winning entry in collaboration with artist Gabriel Kuri, proposes urban renewal through the reimagining of an existing unused 1970's parking structure.
We have developed and fabricated a family of furniture pieces for a listed house in Primrose Hill, London. The design references the traditional lightness and delicateness of Georgian furniture across five different objects. Ornamentation and pattern are derived from the making process, through a careful setting out of material grain and joints rather than the traditional applied motifs found on originals.
into a community arts centre have received planning and listed building consent. paradecinema.co.uk
each with a different spatial character. The street level gallery has an internal window looking down into the main double height gallery, connecting the beginning and the end of the journey.
The project challenges the pure white cube typology by proposing a relationship with the city beyond. The paving slabs of the South Lambeth Road have been continued across the lower ground double height gallery and the high level picture window frames the Tate Public Library across the street.
We have designed a piece of furniture, utilising stainless steel and leftovers from a stone yard, for the Soho store of a start-up sushi hand roll vendor. The three types of stone recall the colours of their maki rolls.
about the use and detailing of in situ fair faced concrete in Juergen Teller's studio buildings. buildingcentre.co.uk
is under construction. The proposals are structured by daylight to make a suite of well proportioned rooms for living in.
Its proportions and ordering were derived from the careful observation and analysis of Soane's architecture. dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
In the daytime the room’s walls will be ethereally illuminated with light, whilst during the evening the structure will act as a lantern and a marker for the Gallery throughout the summer.
Carlos Sanchez and Tom Benton met while working at 6a architects and established their practice in 2017 to work on projects that have a social, poetic and architectural ambition. Their approach is both pragmatic and philosophical. They work collaboratively and enjoy a process that values ongoing conversations with clients, colleagues, consultants, and all end users of the architecture.
With every project, the team sets out to understand the cultural setting of the work and then develops an appropriate response. It is a method that celebrates and respects the latent beauty and merit in what is present, what has been, and what could come next. They enjoy the practical and poetic potential in the way buildings are made and engage fully in each step towards the realisation of the designs. The practice looks at architecture as a frame for life at all its levels; they believe it should act wisely and with humour and kindness.
Together Sanchez and Benton have designed and built works of architecture on listed buildings, in Conservation Areas, and at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The studio works across a broad mix of projects. This includes the recent extension and reconfiguration of two apartment buildings in south London, a contemporary art gallery in Vauxhall, a high-end shop in East London, a number of ambitious residential projects, and an arts centre in Wiltshire.
Their last completed building at 6a architects, Jürgen Teller’s photography studio, was voted London’s Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects and was nominated for the 2017 Stirling Prize.
Tom studied architecture at the University of Newcastle and completed his studies at London Metropolitan with Patrick Lynch, Alun Jones, and Biba Dow. From 2010 he worked for David Chipperfield in both his Berlin and London offices before becoming a project architect at Dow Jones Architects in 2012. Here he worked on a wide range of projects including the award-winning refurbishment of the crypt of Christ Church Spitalfields and the Garden Museum in central London. In 2014 Tom became a senior project architect at 6a architects running the final stages of a new-build photography studio in west London for Jürgen Teller.
Alongside practice, Tom is a Design Fellow at Cambridge University.
Carlos studied architecture at the University of Bath and completed his education at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland, with Peter Zumthor and Valerio Olgiati. In 2012 he was made an Associate at 6a architects after acting as project architect on a large mixed-use industrial re-use scheme and several art galleries. Carlos oversaw the design, detailing and delivery of numerous projects, including Jürgen Teller’s photography studio and Sadie Coles HQ’s gallery on Davies Street, and was part of the creative team behind several other projects at 6a. Before 6a architects, he worked with Jonathan Woolf architects between 2004 and 2010.
Carlos is a Design Fellow at Cambridge University, where he lectures and conducts material research.
Poppy Boadle BSc MArch ARB
Susie Boreham MAA ARB
Selina Ahmann MSc Arch
Declan Corbett BArch DipArch
Joe Mercer BArch (hons) MA RCA
Gustaf Hedberg BArch MArch
Roland Reemaa MSc Arch ARB
Jess Benisty BA(Cantab)
Nicholas Ashby MArch
Colette Sheddick BSC(Hons) Dip Arch
Federico Caputo MAA
James Alder MAA ARB
Tim O’Hare AA Dip Part 1
Mays Hamad BA
Sandro Hernandez Rosales
Jian Lin Wong
Price & Myers
Benedict de Silva
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