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Piercy Conner Architects : Architecture Office
Contemporary English Architect Practice, UK
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Piercy Conner Architects Design News
13 Apr 2021
This London architecture practice has been renamed Piercy&Company
Turnmill, Clerkenwell, London, England
A RIBA Awards – RIBA National Award Winner 2016 – 23 Jun 2016
Martello Tower Y, Suffolk, England 2010
Architect: Piercy Conner Architects with Billings Jackson Industrial Design
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Martello Tower Y
RIBA Manser Medal 2010 Shortlist
Piercy Conner Architects – Key Projects
Major designs by Piercy Conner:
Symhomes Mk1, Kolkata, India
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Living Steel Restello
Comprising: 3250m² / 12 family homes
Client: Living Steel & Bengal Shrachi
Turnmills, Clerkenwell, London
Comprising: 8380m² / offices & retail
Percival Street – Affordable Housing, Islington, London
Comprising: 1,470m² / 20 x 1-bed and 2-bed flats
Client: The Guinness Trust
Martello Tower, Suffolk, UK
Comprising: 120m² / refurbishment & roof extension
Client: Duncan Jackson
63 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London
Comprising: 10,220m² / offices & retail
Client: Derwent London
Bakers Row, Hatton Gardens, London
Comprising: 670m² / 8 x studio, 1-bed and 2-bed flats
Client: Great Malborough Estates
Wakefield Street, Bloomsbury, London
Comprising: 1000m² / 4 family homes
Client: Great Malborough Estates
No 1 Blackfriars, London
Comprising: 51 floors / apartments, hotel & restaurant
Client: collaborating with Ian Simpson Architects for Beetham
Client: collaborating with Conix for PSR Brownfield Developers
Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland
Comprising: 43,000m² / airport terminal
Value: 417m CHF
Gasmeterlaan, Gent, Belgium
Comprising: 10 hectares / 1400 units plus retail
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Piercy Conner Architects : Further information on the studio
Location: London, south east England, UK
Architects Practice Information
Architect studio based in London, UK
Piercy Conner are famous for coming up with the ‘microflat’
Piercy Conner is an international architectural practice currently working on Symhomes Mk1 in Indian; Kortrikj in Belgium; Turnmills in London and the 2012 Olympic Village. Based in Shoreditch, London, the ten-strong team work on a broad range of projects from social housing and regeneration to residential and commercial.
Over the last decade since its foundation in 2000, Piercy Conner Architects has attracted critical acclaim and numerous international awards including the MIPIM AR Future Project Sustainability and Corus AJ 40 Architects Under 40.
Unfettered by a studio style, Piercy Conner designs by assessing and responding to the unique characteristics of each project. The result is a diverse portfolio of work ranging from the ethereal to the earthy depending on the needs of the site. While visually disparate, each building is connected by an underlying philosophy to create bespoke solutions for the built environment.
Piercy Conner Architects – Architectural Team
Stuart Piercy, Partner
Richard Conner, Partner
Nick Francis, Associate
Susan Carruth, Associate
Matti Lampila, Architectural Assistant
Henry Humphreys, Architectural Assistant
Pete Jennings, Architectural Assistant
London Architects Practice History
International architect practice Piercy Conner has established a reputation for creating bespoke architecture, each project tailored to the unique conditions of the site. Eschewing traditional thinking or a self-proclaiming house style, Piercy Conner designs by assessing and responding to the individual context of each project. The result is a diverse portfolio of work ranging from the ethereal to the earthy, visually disparate yet connected by an underlying commitment to authenticity.
Stuart Piercy and Richard Conner exploded onto the architectural scene in 2000 with the Microflat, their innovative solution to affordable quality housing for city living. Ideal for the urban nomads of today’s world, the Microflat offers professionals, key workers and students affordable city living without compromising on quality or excellence. The Microflat’s pre-fabricated components means it can be built affordably en masse then massed in multitudinous ways offering a wide range of housing options suitable for rental and private or shared ownership.
Piercy and Conner built a fully working Microflat within Selfridges’ windows in which two people lived for two weeks. The Microflat was the subject of several television documentaries and went on to be developed by major UK housing corporations.
The innovative work by Piercy Conner in modular housing helped raise the practice’s profile and secured larger projects for clients including Derwent, Urban Splash and Argent, as well as private residential work including the conversion of a Martello Tower.
This scheduled monument on the Suffolk coast demanded great sensitivity to its historic and natural surroudings. Drawing on years of rigorous technical training while working for Nicholas Grimshaws in the 1990s (projects included Zurich Airport, Channel Tunnel Rial Link and the Pusan Rail Terminal) Piercy and Conner crafted a double curved, floating roof extension.
This ambitious feat of engineering beautifully echoed the contours of the tapering cam-shaped scheduled monument. Not only did it win over the conservation panel but it was heralded by English Heritage as an example of how to convert historically sensitive buildings. Its technical accomplishments helped win the Corus AJ 40 Under 40 ‘Best Use of Steel’ award in 2005.
From areas of outstanding natural beauty to the gritty streets of Clerkenwell in London, Piercy and Conner turned their attentions to the refurbishment of Turnmills for Derwent London. The main challenge of this £17m project was to secure planning permission in view of the surrounding conservation area while also articulating the creativity and eccentricity of bohemian Clerkenwell.
Piercy Conner’s triumphant concept inserted a sinuous form into the footprint of the existing former stables. The translucent glass roof curves in and out of view to give glimpses of high drama to those at ground level without dominating the streetscape. Thanks to this, permission was granted and vital additional commercial floor space was secured.
An extreme shift in conditions is apparent in the Kolkata project, a development of twelve family apartments forming part of the planned Rajarhat New Town, India. This has produced an ephemeral building where the local environment is gently filtered through perforated steel screens and openings which also echo the rich architectural history of this culturally important city. It’s sustainable environmental system won the project the MIPIM AR Future Project Sustainability award in 2005.
Conner’s long-standing passion for design technology and communication has led to the firm’s reputation for ground-breaking visuals and to the creation of Smoothe International, a 30-strong creative agency specialising in image design and film for the built-environment. With studios in London, Manchester, Dubai and Bulgaria, Smoothe has worked for a wide range of international clients.
Over the last decade since its foundation in 2000, Piercy Conner Architects has attracted critical acclaim and numerous awards including the special Corus award for AJ 40 Architects Under 40. They were recently short-listed for the £180million regeneration of Walsall for Urban Splash and selected for the Architecture Foundation’s Next Generation Architect 2008. Most recently they were listed in the Observer Hotlist for 2009.
In 2006, the firm moved to its present Shoreditch office where it continues to expand. Exciting projects to be expected from Piercy Conner in the near future include fifty houses in Kortrikj, Belgium; residential accommodation for the Olympic Village, London and the development of 63 Clerkenwell Road with Derwent London.
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