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

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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SITES – Where Things Come Together

When visiting projects where we are renovating existing building such as Kettner’s Townhouse and The Silver Building we are confronted with materials that come together in unanticipated ways. Often haphazard and unassuming these moments create new understandings of materials and their potential to shift, frame and interlock. This set of photographs explores where materials start, end…

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Whose Bag? Lorena Lopez Velasco

What’s your bag story? My bag is from France. I need a big bag to carry my iPad, A3 and A4 drawings to meetings, as well as my make-up and books. I chose the biggest most beautiful one in the shop, that would match my style. Style is everything, right?  What would you never leave the house…

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Musarc in The Silver Building

As part of London Festival of Architecture 2017 composer Benjamin Tassie and poet Annie Freud presented a surround-sound live choir installation at the disused Silver Building at Silvertown West (DLR). The evening featured a tour of the space by architects, SODA, choir performances throughout the building, and a bar until late. A new text by…

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Whose Bag? Sophie Watkins

What’s your bag story? This backpack is my ultimate bag for life! I love that it’s a real combination of function and style. It’s from an atelier in Amsterdam who handcraft all their pieces from repurposed canvas, or as in this case, dead stock leather. It’s even signed and dated inside by Jildau, its maker.…

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The RA Lego Challenge!

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the RA invited four architectural practices to compete in the annual LEGO Architecture Challenge! We put ourselves to the test, using only 15,000 LEGO bricks to interpret Cedric Price’s  Fun Palace – working from his sketches, as the building was never built. SODA spent time asking the…

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Encompassing Architecture and Branding through Graphics

SODA collaborated with Sweetdram for their first property, an experimental distillery lab, research facility and events space in Dalston, London. At the same time, Sweetdram rebranded their bottles and identity. The Bauhaus aesthetic of their graphics influenced the drawings done by SODA.  The space wanted to be appealing, relaxed rather than corporate and sterile. Although…

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London Festival of Architecture

It’s time for round two! Our second event, as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017, will be held on Saturday 17th June. Composer Benjamin Tassie and poet Annie Freud will present a surround-sound live choir installation at the disused Carlsberg Tetley Building at Silvertown West (DLR). SODA will be there hosting a guided tour…

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Designing Performances: Against the Clock

We hosted an open air event for Clerkenwell Design Week titled “Designing Performances: Against the Clock”. A fantastic night fuelled by experts in the fields of lighting, theatre, digital installations, design and architecture. 20 slides on the clock is no easy task and speakers from 18 Degrees, Sadler’s Wells, SODA, Charcoal Blue and In Situ stepped…

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Printing In 3D

We love our 3D printer, this journal series looks at the 3D things we create in the Studio. Our models are a way for us to explore the structure and composition of a building, however we also like to think of them as pieces of art! The first in this series examines our staircase for the…

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Our Graphic Anatomy

This journal series entitled ‘On the Drawing Board’ will explore the architectural drawings produced in our studio. This feature of the Journal will cover a broad spectrum from concept sketches to intricate details across a wide variety of projects. They will showcase the drawing as part of the evolution of a project but also as a…

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URBAN RUINS

The artistic fascination with ruins has been long documented. Traditionally, artists such as JMW Turner and John Constable helped to create a visual language that celebrated the beauty of architectural ruins. More recently street art and photographs of urban decay have become popular. Empty, neglected or deteriorating spaces remind us that the objects we use,…

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Façade study

Inspired by the site’s double fronted structure we wanted to develop and deconstruct the idea that the building embodies two contrasting characters. One side of the building looks onto a busy commercial street and the other to a listed park. To give the commercial street front a more natural character we explored the idea of a green…

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A beginning

Introducing an exploration into the sites that our architecture practice inhabits: from the unusual to the symmetrical. This new feature of the journal will showcase images from our world of progress and construction – taking delight in the juxtaposition of old and new, existing and proposed; the sites which make up our world.

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SODA Newbies

Adding to our fast growing team we have two new starters. Meet Tom and Katie N! Tom completed his postgraduate studies at the Bartlett. He has a range of experience designing hotels, homes, workspaces and transport infrastructure. He enjoys working across various scales, from urban planning to furniture and lighting design. Outside of the studio you’ll…

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Sweetdram: Hole & Corner

Our project for the distinctive Sweetdram team and their innovative liqueur creations is featured in the latest issue of Hole & Corner magazine with Andrew discussing their background, approach and working with SODA to design their space.  Click here to see the whole article and click here to see the Sweetdram project.

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The Year Ahead

Who knows what this year will have in store considering the twists, turns and turmoil of 2016! Russell and Laura, talk to us about the next coming months. “In the studio we are looking firmly forwards and have some fantastic projects in the pipeline for the next 12 months and beyond.” / Work continues on…

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