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

SODA Sounds: August

Music is a big part of our daily life in the Studio – we frequently have a virtual tug-of-war via the Sonos app, leading to an often eclectic selection of music being played on the studio speakers. Once a month, we feature a playlist of songs someone in our studio is loving right now. All playlists will be…

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FINALIST: AJ Retrofit Awards 2018

We’re proud to announce that our Kettner’s Townhouse & 40 Greek Street project is a AJ Retrofit Awards Finalist for Hotel, Retail & Leisure! The awards will be announced on September 12th – fingers crossed!

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SODA Sounds: June

Music is a big part of our daily life in the Studio – we frequently have virtual tug-of-wars via the Sonos app, leading to an often eclectic selection of music being played on the studio speakers. Once a month, we’ll be featuring a playlist of songs someone in our studio is loving right now. All playlists will be…

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Life & Soul: Kelly Mackay

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 Kelly Mackay – Building Manager at our very own Compton Courtyard. “I’ve been working at Compton Courtyard for about…

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SHORTLISTED: NLA 2018

We are happy to announce that our Kettner’s Townhouse & 40 Greek Street project has been shortlisted for another award! This time in the 2018 New London Awards’ Hotels & Hospitality category. We’re joined by some fine company including SUSD and EPR Architects – fingers crossed for July 4th!

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Life & Soul: Noriko Rudd

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 Noriko Rudd – resident at Gatehouse Close. “I’ve lived in Gatehouse Close with my family for the past 7 years. When…

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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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