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FAT Announces The End of Its Practice
New Media

The Evening Standard's Kieran Long has written a lovely piece on Thornton Heath Library - link here. Also in the news was our design for the BBC's new 'drama village' in Cardiff. This 10M project housing production facilities and studios has just started on site....

Breakfast with Fat

Our houses at New Islington (designed for Great Places) were on BBC breakfast this morning in a feature on planning and beauty. We'll post up a link, or embed the video, when we track manage to track it down. In the meantime we can report that the residents gave the houses a thumbs up, although the people of Kent, when offered a range of house designs including ours, plumped for the standard Barratts offering. Pop architecture is a slippery business....

More Media

Two more articles on FAT's recent work have just come out. Firstly, Beatrice Gallilee reviews Thornton Heath library in Architecture Today - link here. And more photographs of our Selfridges project are up on Dezeen - link.

Media Blitz

Our recently completed Thornton Heath library is the Architect's Journal cover star this week. Read more here (there's a pay wall, unfortunately), or for more pics see the Architecture section of this site. Not only that but our redesign of Selfridge's 3rd Central contemporary womenswear department is featured in Building Design. Link here, and, again, more pictures and information are to be found in our Interiors section. Finally, a picture of Islington Square, our award winning housing design in New Islington, graces BD's survey of the noughties, also in this week's issue.

Grote Koppel

Our design for a new office and restaurant building in the Dutch town of Amersfort has just been completed. The new three storey building sits adjacent to Koppel Poort, one of Amersfort's medieval gateways, and Ben Van Berkel's neighouring office building. The exterior is characterised by an elaborately moulded facade formed in black and white concrete panels. The interior contains a two-storey restaurant and a floor of office space.

Thornton Heath Library Opens

Thornton Heath Library has recently re-opened after a 1.5M GBP refurbishment designed by FAT. The library includes a new pre-cast concrete entrance pavilion, plus two further extensions at the rear that open up access to previously unused parts of the original Edwardian library. The interior has been completely refurbished and FAT have also designed the bespoke shelving and built in furniture inside.

FAT have worked on the project since 2007 when they helped prepare a successful bid for a Big Lottery Fund grant.

Future Non-Future: The Contemporary Unbuilt Architecture Of London

FAT are exhibiting as part of "Future Non-Future: The Contemporary Unbuilt Architecture Of London" at the Architectural Association, London, alongside others including FOA, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, OMA, Zaha Hadid, Foster + Partners, Cedric Price.

The exhibition brings together dozens of architectural projects for London, all of which share one key feature: they are, or currently remain, unbuilt. More here

The Villa Short-listed for a World Architecture Award

The Villa in Hoogvliet has been short-listed for a prestigious World Architecture Award. All short-listed practices will present their work before a live audience at the World Architecture Festival In Barcelona in October in a competition to win the award for the "World Building of the Year 2008".

The judging panel, headed by Lord Norman Foster, will be made up of architects, allied professionals, clients and critics from around the world.

Paul Finch, editor of the Architectural Review and programme director of the World Architecture Festival, said: "This shortlist provides a true indicator of the quality and diversity of architectural design worldwide. Each of the projects has been selected for its aesthetic quality as well as for the way in which it takes the economic, social and environmental needs of the clients and communities into consideration. Any of them could win, irrespective of their scale."

Fat in "Worlds Away"

The exhibition "Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes", which features an installation about FAT's Hoogvliet Heerlijkheid project in the Netherlands, opens on Oct 02 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA. The exhibition was shown earlier this year at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. This prestigious international exhibition is showing FAT's project alongside such seminal works as Dan Graham's "Alteration to a Suburban House", Ed Ruscha's Car Park Series and SITE's famous 1970's retail outlets for Best Supermarkets.

For more information, click on


FAT win RIBA competition

FAT will be designing a new community library and nursery in Bentley, Walsall.

St Paul's Way submitted for planning

FAT have recently submitted a planning application for the 19 storey mixed-use tower. CABE will be reviewing the scheme as part of the planning process.

Thornton Heath awarded BLF

The BLF (Big Lottery Fund) awarded a grant of £1.37m to re-furbish and extend the existing locally listed library in Thornton Heath. FAT will be submitting a planning application shortly.

Public Housing Architect of the Year

FAT is nominated in the catagory of Public Housing Architect of the Year at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards. FAT were highly commended at these awards.

The Villa Under Construction


The Villa, part of the Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet, is well underway. Completion is expected in Dec. 07

Vote FAT

Islington Square has been selected for Channel 4's top 50 new buildings. Vote for us on the C4 website

Museum of Croydon

The Museum of Croydon has been shortlisted for an FX Design Award for best Museum or Exhibition Space 2007.

Sint Lucas wins RIBA European Award

FATs Sint Lucas project has received a European Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. This prestigious prize is awarded yearly for outstanding contributions to architectural design in Europe.

Hoogvliet Heerlijkheid - On Site


The Hoogvliet Heerlijkheid project - a park, community building and ancillary features - is on site now. There are archives of construction pictures on the Wimby! website.

FAT Win Housing Competition

FAT and Manchester Methodist Housing Group's joint entry has won first place in a competition to regenerate a site in Sheffield. The competition was organised by Sheffield City Council as part of their Housing Market Renewal Programme and comprises 35 new houses, a public park and new 'homezone' street. The site is on Lindsay Road in the Parsons Cross area of Sheffield.

FAT win Regeneration Award

Fat together with Great Places Housing Group, Urban Splash and the residents of the Cardroom Estate were named Regeneration Partnership of the Year for the Islington Square development at the recent Regeneration Awards. This award comes immediately after the same team won Best Partnership Development at the Whathouse? Awards in November.

Find out more about the awards at:

English Partnerships Framework

FAT have been chosen for the English Partnerships' Architecture Consultants Panel 2006-2010. The panel includes 20 of the most innovative and progressive practices from UK and Europe to undertake EP projects intended as exemplars for the construction industry. Consultants on the framework will also contribute to regular discussions of technical and policy issues.

The People's Playground Blackpool

FAT have been shortlisted for an exciting design competition to reinvent the Blackpool seafront. ReBlackpool are seeking inspiring designs for 3.5km of public promenade that will be vying to become one of the Living Landmark projects backed by the Big Lottery Fund.

Find out more about the competition at

Mies van der Rohe Award

FAT's project for the Sint Lucas Art Academy in Holland has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture: The Mies van der Rohe Award.

This is the second time the practice's work has been nominated for this prestigious award, the Blue House was short-listed in 2003.

Best Partnership Development

Islington Square has won another prize; the Best Partnership Development at the 2006 What House? Awards.

The partnership of Great Places Housing Group (formerly MMHG), Urban Splash and FAT architects was praised for both the "sensational" design of the houses themselves and the way the residents were involved throughout the process.

The judges report concluded: "Islington Square in every sense lifts the spirits".

Read more about the awards at:

BDA Awards 2006 - Best Public Housing Project

Islington Square has won Best Public Housing Project at the 2006 Brick Development Association Awards. The judges described the scheme as "a bold approach to contemporary housing" that had "raised the tone of the entire area" and commended the quality of craftsmanship thoughout.

For more information on the awards go to:

Museum of Croydon opens

The Museum of Croydon opens at the Croydon Clocktower complex. Sept 06

Islington Square on TV

Islington Square featured on the BBC Culture Show. Oct 06

Arena Men of the Year (!)

FAT were voted Arena's Men of the Year for creative endeavor alongside film director Terry Gilliam and musician Richard Hawley. Plus we got to sit on the same table as Heidi from the Sugababes. July 06

Meals / Peyton and Byrne

FAT have just completed two projects for London restaurauteur Oliver Peyton. The first - Meals - is a restaurant and cafe on the first floor of Heal's department store on Tottenaham Court Road. On the ground floor entrance of the same building is a new bakery shop called Peyton and Byrne, also designed by FAT. Sept 06

Real Architecture - Tate Modern

A talk on the “Sint Lucas Art Acadamy” at Tate Modern as part of the Architecture Foundations 'Real Architecture' series.

RCA Lecture

Sam, Sean and Charles are lecturing at the RCA on 25/04/06

FAT win Next Generation Award

Fat are this years winners of the prestigious Architecture Foundation Next Generation Award. Sean receives prize and gives address at MIPIM, Cannes. 03/06

'All You Can Eat'

Fat has a solo show at Stroom, Den Haag.

It is on until the 9th April. For more, see

RIBA Installation

'In a Lonely Place' opens at the RIBA in London. 16th March to the 2nd May 2006

An associated talk by Fat is scheduled for the 2nd May.

Dutch Stamp

Our 'Nonument' project will be featured on a Dutch stamp, issued on the 6th Jan 2006. It is part of a series of 5 stamps celebrating public projects in the Netherlands. The other stamps feature works by Robert Smithson, Daniel Buren, Olafur Eliasson and Sigurdur Gudmundsson.

FX Design Award

Fat were awarded 'Best Public Project' for the Nonument project in the Hague at the FX design awards.

Yale Lecture

Fat will be lecturing at Yale on 26th Jan 2006

New Islington Bus Shelters

Fat were selected as winners of the Old Mill Street Bus Shelter competition. The project moves into detail design now.

Bathroom Sweet Exhibited
'Bathroom Sweet' exhibited in 'Extra Ordinary', Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. Fat lead an associated workshop.
Berlage Institute Lecture
Fat will be lecturing at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, 30th November 2005
Walsall Pub Competiton

Fat were runners up in the Urban Splash 'Pub of the Future' competition.

AJ 40 under 40
Fat are included in the AJ 40 under 40 issue and exhibition at the V&A