We are a young architecture and urbanism practice, eager to grow by meeting and learning from clients and consultants. We like to think of architecture as a complex team research process, where the most important goal is to think creatively to identify the right problem. Although we are very proud of our technical prowess, we’re also proud of how we communicate our ideas. Let’s face it: architects can be socially awkward, but we try to establish a relationship of trust and friendship with our clients. 

 

We like to propose bold ideas to create stimulating and inspiring spaces to live, work, grow, learn. Our mixed culture, British and Italian, makes us particularly appreciate brightness and natural light, open plans; we try to avoid corridors, doors and anything that fragments spaces. 

Finally, we work hard to understand the effects of our work on the city and the environment in general. 

 

 Our services embrace architecture, urban design, and planning, but we have focused most of our attention on private residential projects in the last few years. In the past year, we obtained planning permission for two new-build houses and a mixed-use development. Two of our projects have been featured in the London Open House Festival, and one is featured in this year’s Don’t Move Improve exhibition.

 

We believe in space’s ability to influence people’s lives, affecting layers of perception that are often neglected. We like quality and make sure things work correctly, energy stays inside, money and time are not wasted, and people are at the centre of the process. After several years, we have learnt how a well-managed design process can be an exciting, experimental and life-changing experience for both the clients and the designers. 

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Our team

Davide di Martino

Director

RIBA ARB

M.Arch. IUAV University, Venice, Italy

ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain. 

Ph.D. In Urbanism and Ecology

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Thomas Barstow

Project Architect

M.Arch. Plymouth University

UK

ARB registered 

Lucrezia di Martino

Marketing and Business development

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Jamie Kelly

Project Architect

M.Arch. Manchester School of Architecture

UK

ARB registered 

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Gary Yeow

Content and Office

Manager

M.Arch. University of Strathclyde

UK

 

Awards & Research

2021

The Sponge House shortlisted in Build It Awards

The Sponge House featured in Don't Move Improve Awards

The Sponge & The House for Cellist featured in the London Open House

2019

InsideOut courtyard house featured in the London Open House

The Boat and Pavilion featured in the London Open House

 

2018

The Boat and Pavilion featured in the London Open House

2012

3rd prize Sorso waterfront masterplan

International competition

Member of project team: urban planning and landscape

2011

Shortlisted Grosio Sports Centre

Grosio, Italy    National competition

Project leader.

2010

5th prize “AAA Architetti Cercasi”

Milan, Italy      Under 35 national competition

Project leader

2008

Shortlisted and special jury price Concorso Eu-genio

Campania Region       Under 40 architecture and urbanism competition

 

Academic Publications

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Projects

 

AAA Architetti Cercasi competition submission

Future Magazine

Spain, Europe, China

(published in English, Spanish, and Chinese)

 

 

Academic, peer reviewed

 

di Martino D. (in press). Urban wetlands as performative, multifunctional design devices: the wetland scenario. In F. D. Moccia, M.F. Palestino, Planning Stormwater Resilient Urban Open Spaces, Clean: Napoli. 193 - 204

 

Barcelloni Corte, M., di Martino, D. (2014, in press). Pollution ecologies: from reclamation to restructuring. In Bandieramonte, V., Cavalieri, C., Guida, I., Rashidzadeh, K. (eds.), The Next Urban Question. Roma: Officina Edizioni.

 

 

di Martino, D. (in press). Bonifica e riciclo della Piana Campana. In PPC Piano Progetto Città: Zero Waste 27-28, 2013.

Published works

The Sponge

Archello

Grand Design Magazine

Don't Move, Improve Magazine

E Architecture News

Not a Paper House

Colander

My House Ideas

Rethinking The Future

The Boat & Pavilion 

Archello

Rethinking The Future

DesignRaid 

My House Idea

Peckham Glass Box

E Architect

My House Ideas