Architecture 00 and Studio Weave announce merger

Elizabeth Hopkirk

Studio Weave's Ecology of Colour

Award-winning practices say move is based on staff friendships

Studio Weave and Architecture 00 have announced a merger.

The two practices said they were joining forces “to grow a super studio with even bigger ambitions”.

The move builds on long-standing friendships and a desire to work more closely together, said the directors who will now work on developing a joint structure.

Architecture 00 scooped RIBA London Building of the Year award last month for The Foundry, a social justice centre in Vauxhall. It has also pioneered the open source WikiHouse and is behind the Hub chain of collaborative workspaces.

Studio Weave, designers of the world’s longest bench on Littlehampton seafront and the Lullaby Factory at Great Ormond Street Hospital, has developed a reputation for joyful and imaginative projects. It won the 2013 RIBA South East Building of the Year award for the Ecology of Colour in Kent.

Je Ahn, co-founder of Studio Weave, said: “This step is built on something simple, which is a set of friendships and shared interests. For us it also represents something very interesting about what is to come, something that will emerge over time. This will be a platform for us to increase the strategic breadth and depth of our work, and to apply ourselves to new opportunities with a group of amazing collaborators.”

David Saxby, co-founder of 00, said: “Over 10 years 00 has grown from being an architecture studio to being a wider platform that supports a diverse range of design-led ventures. While each of them is independent, they all share the same enjoyment of collaboration over competition, and the same commitment to creating long-term value, whether in architecture or civic participation, open source furniture or social impact.

“It’s fantastic that in Studio Weave we have found a practice equally committed to these values, and we’re excited by the prospect of enriching our projects through working closely with them.”

Both practices are past finalists in BD’s Young Architect of the Year Awards.

 

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