Kings Gate SW1 Kings Gate forms a pair of buildings on Victoria Street in Westminster, with its neighbour The Zig Zag Building. The scheme replaces an existing slab-like office building on Victoria Street in central London with two new buildings that incorporate a mix of retail, office space and housing. We won this project in an invited competition in Spring 2010, and gained planning consent in November 2011. The main contractor was Lend Lease and Practical Completion was achieved in Autumn 2015.
Greenwood Road E8 This new house sits at the end of a terrace of early Victorian Houses in Hackney. It was commissioned by a carpenter and a music journalist and is constructed from a “Green Oak” frame, clad externally with thin vertical oak boards. From the street, the house appears to sit on top of the garden walls. These wrap around the garden, creating a partly sunken ground floor that houses the kitchen and dining room. Bedrooms occupy the first floor with the living room on the floor above. The staircase unwinds to create a double height landing at first floor, at which point the oak frame first reveals itself. The oak frame forms the edges of the second floor living room, infilled with either white-painted plasterboard or white glass panels, allowing light to enter the living room from the west. Large doors open onto a corner balcony addressing the street and terminating the Victorian terrace with a generous gesture of inhabitation.
Madder Gallery & Apartment EC1 This art gallery on Whitecross Street London EC1 is a conversion of two adjacent Georgian houses, and comprises a double-height basement gallery and rear courtyard with 2 flats above.
Mare Street E8 A Georgian house, situated on a very busy street near Broadway Market in Hackney, was refurbished to become a family home in 2016. The house is Grade 2 listed, therefore alterations to the original fabric were mostly limited to stripping back modern finishes and making repairs, mainly of windows and fireplaces. The original timber and stone floors, including a stone staircase built by the original owner (a stone merchant who used the adjacent Regent Canal to transport his stone across London) were kept, and their age and patina is celebrated. All walls and built-in joinery – doors, shutters, and skirting boards, etc. – were painted one colour, typical for Georgian rooms. A light-reflecting, pale grey is used throughout most of the house, and special, traditional paint colours were chosen for the children’s bedrooms and the family bathroom.
Hoxton Street N1 We bought the upper floors of this curious little brick tower building on Hoxton Street as a place to live and work. It is part of an early 1970s social housing project by Leonard Manasseh architects designed for the Greater London Council, and acts typologically as the public face of the housing estate. We presumed that in the past the shop at ground floor was a post office and that the postmistress would have lived upstairs. In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government offered council tenants the “right to buy” their properties.
Angela Hooper Place SW1 Angela Hooper Place is a new public space situated in-between The Zig Zag Building and Kings Gate off Victoria Street in central London. It is lined by a double height Giant Order colonnade that houses restaurants and the entrance to an office lobby. The space was designed in concert with Vogt landscape architects, who created a 15m long stone bench.
Lynch Architects was founded in 1997 by Patrick Lynch. Today, the practice undertakes projects on any scale from private houses, art galleries and public spaces to master plans and major civic, commercial and residential buildings, creating modern architecture that is carefully and wittily integrated into its surroundings. We believe in the craft of architecture, and our studio is a place where we make things – models at various scales, and images that reflect the tectonic and figurative qualities of architectural projects. Our work has been published and exhibited internationally and as well as our imaginative and practical design work we contribute to architectural culture both as teachers and writers, as well as critics and as heritage specialists. In sum, we are General Practitioners, specialising in beauty and use.
The practice is responsible for designing and delivering some of the largest development schemes across London, as well as very small, almost invisible design solutions that compliment and help their neighbours. Recent projects include The Zig Zag Building – an £80M office building – and Kings Gate – a £100M residential scheme, both situated in Victoria in London’s Westminster. We are currently working for a diverse range of clients on a wide range of projects, including social and market housing, government and cultural projects, houses and monuments. We are committed to the idea that good design is like good poetry – both entail the search for a poetic economy of means.
We have won a number of awards including best office building at The World Architecture Festival in 2016; a commendation from The American Institute of Architects (for Kings Gate) in 2018; and when we were younger, The Young Architect of the Year Award in 2005.