I was filled with apprehension at the prospect of looking at Mole Architects' website, www. molearchitects.co. uk, on the occasion of the practice entering its second decade. An old mate of mine lives just down the road from Mole's Black House in Cambridgeshire and is pretty enthusiastic about them. So this is a kind of declaration of conflict of interest.
Happily it's a pretty good site - but it has one oddity.
The home page has a big image of one of the practice's buildings. Nothing new there.
But as soon as you land on the page the image is steadily wiped out from the left, leaving only the practice name and those four essential headings: Projects, Practice, Contacts and News.
What's that about?
OK, so you click on Practice. The image here is a pale grey, rather rough sketch of a building. 'Ho hum', you snigger to yourself. 'Practice?
Drawing, is that?' But among quite a lot of yadda yadda about philosophy and the construction process which will doubtless remain unread, there are proper credits for pictures and for the site designer, Nick Cheek. The simple images of Mole's cheerful architecture are matched by helpful, brief, non-gush descriptions.