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New Practices: OMMX

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

OMMX, Fitzroy Square, London W1

Founded: 2011

Main people: Hikaru Nissanke, George Rhys Jones, Jon Lopez (pictured, left to right)

Where have you come from? We’re all recent graduates who shared interests at Cambridge and began collaborating on projects. We’ve worked at Alison Brooks, Panter Hudspith and DMFK.

What work do you have and what are you looking for? A wide variety of commissions ranging from furniture pieces to interiors, a new apartment block and historic buildings. These have a reciprocal relationship with ongoing theoretical research that we conduct. We don’t have preconceived ideas about what type of work we want – we’re more interested in working with clients who are excited by the same things that we are.

What are your ambitions? To create a framework of collaboration through which ideas can be argued, tested and shared. We already feel this is creating an unexpected architecture that exhibits both strangeness and wit and through this we hope to create something that is apart, yet inherently appropriate.

How optimistic are you? We don’t rely on optimism. We focus our energy on exploring ideas about the city, society and environment. So long as we can keep doing that, we will be happy.

How are you marketing yourselves? We have spent time launching a new website and identity, as well as beginning to push on social media. Ultimately, we have always known that outstanding work is the best route to getting more.

Website: officemmx.com


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