6a’s buildings are a pair of un-identical twins, with the similarities and contrasting differences of siblings. The pair are inspired by American artist Richard Artschwager’s work in Formica.
Rectangular boxes are cut steeply to open up the views within the Design District. Deep warehouse-like halls on lower levels lead to tall, narrow studio spaces higher up. The coloured blockwork on the concrete frame gives way to a pop collage of huge diamond windows.
6a architects, founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001, recently completed a studio complex for artist Juergen Teller, which was nominated for the 2017 Stirling Prize and received the RIBA London Building of the Year 2017 Award. They have been nominated five times for the Mies Van der Rohe Award for European Architecture.
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