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Studio Octopi

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Studio Octopi was founded in 2003 by James Lowe and Chris Romer-Lee. The practice has established itself as one of London’s leading smaller practices by delivering diverse, exemplary, award winning architecture. Over the last five years the practice has worked on projects in the arts, residential, leisure, education and commercial sectors.

The practice approaches projects through a rigorous understanding of a site’s current and historical conditions, alongside a collaborative spirit and discourse with both the client and consultants. The practice was founded to offer a ‘hands-on’ architectural service for clients with particularly challenging and unconventional projects. Studio Octopi  has carved out an approach that has led to increasingly complex and diverse briefs from across the sectors with a strong emphasis on research.

In 2013 the practice founded Thames Baths CIC (Community Interest Company) and in 2014 the proposals for re-introducing swimming in River Thames raised £142,000 in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign. Community-based urban water projects are now integral to the practice. In 2016 the competition winning proposals for Peckham Lido will go live on Spacehive.

Thames Baths