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Wednesday23 July 2014

Architects' desks: Alex Scott-Whitby, creative director at StudioAR

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BD takes a look at the workspaces of architects

Alex Scott-Whitby said: “Our studio sits high up above Bank Station in the City of London. In the steeple of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s St Mary Woolnoth Church. The space has not been changed or inhabited for 300 years before we persuaded the church to let us use it. My desk sits at the end of the second level of the space in the corner with a view out over Bank interchange.

“We built our own furniture which folds into the six square windows - acting as shutters at night and felt covered desks and benches during the day. We use our walls to tape working drawing onto. The project you can see on the wall in this images is our (IN)spires project for the diocese of London - a project to create low rent creative studios (like our own) within the demise of the 38 churches in the City of London the project is not going to happen overnight and looks like it will take 30 years to complete.

“Like Durer’s St Jerome in his study, Lionel sometimes comes into our studio with me, he normally curls up just in front of my desk, and can be pretty useful at defending me from city bankers.  My hallo always shines when I am on my mac and as you can see we are the proud owners of Damien Hirst’s Skull.” 

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  • Those images are brilliant....what a fantastic space and an imaginative response to this series, I love it!!
    Adrian Watson

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  • Alisa Selezneva

    AAAAH love it!!!!

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  • Karl Duvall

    Brilliant, it looks freezing even with lionel...is it?

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  • FLAB Architects

    Here at FLAB Architects we will explore the integration of zoo animals within the workspace.

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  • It's images like this that drive architect's wages down. God we're a sad, pretentious bunch eh?

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  • Amazing atmosphere

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  • Sebastian Cuff

    Splendid show, Scott-Whitby! Makes me think some architects are as poor as a church mouse, but sure this is just part of the spectacle.

    But I want to know how you got the thorn out of the lion' paw, and for that matter how you got the lion up the spiral stair.

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  • There can be only one

    This guy keeps pedalling his uni work.

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  • Terry Farnham

    There's always one, isn't there... one clod who insists on missing the point of the feature, which is to celebrate the quality of our working environment rather than the merit of the output.

    Back to the article... and well done to Alex Scott-Whitby for creating an enviable, someway Greenway-esque workspace for himself.

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  • Ptolemy Jones

    Jolly good office. Summoned by Bells, I say, old chap!

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