Block Architecture was established in 2002 after a successful four year partnership set up by Graeme Williamson and Zoe Smith. Their output has been wide ranging and highly innovative regardless of project type and scale, with award winning work in the Arts, Residential, Commercial and Education sectors. Now in its ninth year the design-led partnership continues to challenge normative practices in architecture and spatial design.
The company’s experience in the Arts includes gallery commissions for organisations such as the V&A Museum, Magasin3 Gallery in Stockholm and Modern Art Oxford. Block’s residential output ranges from more experimental one-off projects for private clients to large scale mixed-use schemes for experienced developers. Commercially the firm has developed office, restaurant and retail spaces for pioneering individuals such as Hussein Chalayan and corporations such as Virgin Atlantic. More recent additions to the company’s experience are education projects with school proposals under development for Pupil Referral Units in London.
The practice has always aimed to maintain an open and responsive approach to each individual brief. This means that design solutions are by definition project-specific with more emphasis placed on the experience of the end user than the reinforcement of an architectural house style. This is underlined by an ethos that, fundamentally, architecture should be an engaging creative medium, accessible, inspiring and relevant to the people that interact with it.