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

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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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

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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SITES – 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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