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New practices: Studio Bark

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

Studio Bark, Hackney, London

Founded November 2013

Main people Wilf Meynell

Where have you come from?
Bere architects (2012), BBM Sustainable Design (2009), and Conran (2008)

What work do you have and what are you looking for?
A mix of small, interesting projects: competitions, public work, small-scale Design and Build jobs, ideally in and around London. We like to work with clients developing for the right reasons, not just for commercial benefit. We recently completed a house in Norfolk (pictured) which featured in Grand Designs.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a start-up?
Projects going on hold for financial or bureaucratic reasons may be the most challenging. We would like to remain flexible and multifaceted to mitigate against this.

What are your ambitions?
To keep the practice small and manageable (fewer than 10) – although money is important to keep the cogs turning, it is not the driving force. To have projects in Europe, but definitely be UK-focused. To be known for beautifully detailed site-specific environmental buildings and installations, which carry an environmental message while exciting their users.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a start-up?
Projects going on hold for financial or bureaucratic reasons may be the most challenging. We would like to remain flexible and multifaceted to mitigate against this.

Which recent scheme has inspired you most?
Ty Pren by Feilden Fowles, for its clever use of materials, delicate timber cladding and the composition of the building in general.

www.studiobark.co.uk

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