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New Practices #78: Atelier ChanChan

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy

Atelier ChanChan, New Cross, south-east London

Founded: late 2010

Main people: Zoe Chan

Where have you come from? After graduating from Cambridge University and the Architectural Association, I worked for Alex Haw at Atmos Studio on the recent Woven Nest project, as well as completing projects independently and working on competitions.

What work do you have and what are you looking for? The theme tying current and previous projects together is our phenomenological approach to how material, space, light and form can create experience-driven architecture. At present, we’re working on an art gallery in New Cross (home to our new studio space) and private house in east London. We are interested in projects such as fashion stores, art spaces and installations, and I have a soft spot for derelict sites.

What are your ambitions? The ambition is to work on projects that earn us a reputation for creating unique, awe-inspiring spaces within the city.  Our new studio space and gallery will give us room to expand and work with other designers and artists.

How optimistic are you? We are very new, excited, growing quickly and having fun. I choose my projects carefully to keep briefs fresh and interesting. I’ve been lucky to have advice from some very wise and intelligent peers, tutors and family along the way.

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