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TDO Architecture

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At TDO we share a belief that architecture can bring clarity amid complexity. Every project starts with an open mind, and we enjoy investigating and challenging conventions.

TDO began when we were invited by Wallpaper* to design and make a contemporary doll’s house. This commission allowed us to develop our beliefs about simple forms, intersecting geometries and exposed materials – all of which have become part of the enduring language of our practice.

We work on projects of all scales, looking at every aspect of a brief until we find clarity. Often it’s just one element that can really unlock a building. For our Fab House project with Urban Splash and Places for People, we made the most of the modular construction, revealing the timber beams which brought character, beauty and increased height to the space. For our new-build house on Old Church Street, we designed the arrangement and depth of the windows to respond to both the historic rhythm of the street and the internal spaces. And for The Modern House’s new headquarters, we created an unusually flexible workspace, with desks that can be adjusted, moved and reconfigured to make it a space with many uses.

We’re drawn to these kinds of projects – projects which invite us to use our imagination, our energy and our skills.

Our studio in Southwark is run by Tom Lewith and Doug Hodgson. Owen Jones, the third founding director, is head of design at MOBIE, an educational charity developing modern methods of construction. So we’re one step ahead when it comes to advances in off-site and modular construction – now an important part of our approach – and we positively enjoy putting our knowledge into practice.

FAB House, North Shields.