Architects' desks: Tom Holbrook, director at 5th Studio
BD takes a look at the workspaces of architects
Tom Holbrook said: “This is my Cambridge desk. Think of it as a fecund slum. The desk in the foreground is where I work - it was my father’s, and he made it. It’s pretty rickety, but I like being among his inkstains; let’s say that he was a better poet than he was a carpenter.
“On the back wall of the studio you can see the big map of East Anglia, where we plot our moves. You can just see Emma, our practice administrator on the far right. Out of sight, between my books and the map is 5th Studio’s coffee table, made from a big piece of black glass that was rejected from a project.
“On the left hand side, by the door to the meeting room, is a model of the Venice Arsenale.”