Journal

This is where you’ll find our latest project news, studio happenings and general musings.

We’ll be updating with new content from the team on a regular basis. If you have something you would like to discuss, know about or think we should cover, tweet us with #sodajournal

LFA Event: Through the Mural

When it comes to public space, art and architecture have a symbiotic relationship. From Henry Moore sculptures in Royal parks, to Richard Serra’s Fulcrum outside Liverpool street station, buildings frame environments whilst art expresses identity; together expressing a unique character and voice to all those that inhabit it. We’re hosting a LFA event this year called…

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Life & Soul: Sara Caravina

Our Life & Soul series showcases the people who live, work and bring to life the spaces we’ve designed. We sat down with some of these lovely people to chat about their experiences in SODA spaces. Next in the series is Sara Caravina – Business Manager at Thomas House, Victoria. “I’ve been working here at Thomas House since November…

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Whose Bag? Katja Hasenauer

What’s your bag story? I bought it at Camden Lock Market in my first year in London, together with my best friend who helped me haggle! I kept breaking the straps by overloading it with stationary and materials during University, but now it’s a great bag to take with me when cycling around London. What…

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Winning a BD Architect of the Year Award 2018

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won a 2018 BD Architect of the Year Award in the Retail & Leisure category! The team worked super hard on the project and submission – and we’re all very proud! Our winning projects include: Kettner’s Townhouse & Soho House / Green Rooms / Walker’s Court / Soho House 76 Dean Street  

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Life & Soul: Céline Valligny

Our Life & Soul series (featured in SODA Review: Volume 1) showcases the people who live, work and bring to life the spaces we’ve designed. We sat down with some of these lovely people to chat about their experiences in SODA spaces. First in the series is Céline Valligny, who works as a Receptionist at Green Rooms in Wood Green.…

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SODA Review: Volume 1

A SODA publication, showcasing design process, strategic thinking and crossover forms between architecture, design and brand environment. As architects and designers, we have the privilege of seeing all manner of spaces — often derelict or abandoned and locked away from public eyes for a number of years. This publication gives a glimpse of behind the scenes,…

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Behind the Scenes: Foil foil foil!

It’s always great to take a break from the screen to see how your designs translate to physical objects. We took a trip with A3 Design & Print to see the foiling of our new business cards for Soho Estates, and we definitely weren’t disappointed! Using a combination of traditional lithography printing and a bit of ‘trial and error’ to…

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Marbling

We attended a marbling workshop at YCN HQ, run by the team at design & wellness studio Patternity. They gave us a really interesting talk about patterns found in nature and art and how these can feed into our everyday lives. We responded to the talk by creating a series of marbling prints. It was great to explore the benefits of thinking by…

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The Venture Centre

The Childhood Trust is a fundraising and grant making charity who work with grass roots charities to help alleviate the impact of child poverty in London. We wanted to donate both money and time to support their work. They introduced us to Venture Centre in North Kensignton, to help realise the centre’s ambition to lighten…

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On our shelf: ‘Sottsass’

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer, whose eccentric body of work still influences people across the creative industries today. The latest book to publish his works, Sottsass by Philippe Thomé, is a comprehensive exploration of Sottsass’ life and work. The use of different paper stocks, sizes and colours condense a lifetime of information…

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Creative exercises with photograms

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from work to flex our creative muscles in a different way. Last month, we challenged the team to create photogram compositions using the photocopier and a selection of found objects from our studio. Avoiding the ubiquitous derriere photocopy at the office party, the diversity of results show the…

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On our shelf: ‘Gentle Rain’ Magazine

Whilst working on the imminent first issue of our SODA publication, we’ve been refining layouts, collaborating with old friends, and researching other publications currently distributed in London.  Our favourite shop MagCulture is just round the corner, which means we have an amazing choice of magazines to study. One that caught our eye recently was Gentle Rain (and other…

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Colour Clerkenwell

Over the last month or so, SODA have been working on designs for a new mural in our studio. During this process, we wondered what it would be like if we could draw all over our beautiful neighbourhood of Clerkenwell and the surrounding areas. Here are some of our favourite ideas… let us know what you…

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Whose Bag? Isabel Varés Orive

What’s your bag story? I got this bag when I moved to London. I usually cycle, so I found it was the best way to carry everything. I bought it from Tokyo Bike and each one is signed by the craftsman/woman. Mine was made by ‘Debby’. I love it! What would you never leave the house…

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SITES – Everyday Roof

As part of SODA’s regular site visits to current, old and new projects the practice gains entry to areas of buildings that are normally off limits. When these site visits allow,  accessing the roof of a construction site or building can afford new understanding of the structure. From this viewpoint it is possible to understand the scale of…

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Can graphic design save your life?

Over the weekend we visited the new exhibition ‘Can graphic design save your life?’ at the Wellcome Collection. The show presents examples of graphic design in the health industry, ranging from 70s anti-smoking campaigns to current mosquito-zapping billboards. Not only does the exhibition highlight the importance of graphic design in day to day communication, it reflects social attitudes…

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Open House Adventures

Open House lets people step inside a wealth of beautiful buildings, celebrating architecture that is not usually open to the public. SODA took full advantage of the programme this year, soaking up the opportunities to explore world class architecture, from intimate private homes to the iconic landmarks of London.   A highlight of our weekend…

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Brand Impact Awards

The SODA rebrand was shortlisted at this years BrandImpactAwards and joins the top 47 world-class projects of 2017! The fourth annual Brand Impact Awards ceremony took place last week at the trendy Ham Yard Hotel in London’s Soho, celebrating the best branding from all across the world. Check out the latest Computer Arts issue: Branding At Its…

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The Material of Our Ideas

Materiality is important to all of our projects – from concept to construction and ultimately the final relationships with end users. We recently edited our material library to sift out any old or unwanted samples as it was starting to engulf the studio. The resulting, curated library is a functional and beautiful asset; where materials…

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Soho gets its heart back

Exciting news – SODA was featured in yesterday’s Evening Standard! The article discusses some of our projects in Soho –  a theatre in the development Walker’s Court, and the new Soho House members’ club. Have a read to learn more about how we approach our work, and our thoughts on Soho’s weird and wonderful character.

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