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Creative Practice Profile
Carmody Groarke is a London-based architectural studio established by Kevin Carmody and Andrew Groarke in 2006. A strong emphasis is given to a critical design process within the studio, we resist predetermining architectural solutions to a client’s brief prior to a thorough investigation of each project’s unique situation.
Our process creates buildings and spaces that maintain a close synthesis between the context of the project and the client’s requirements. As a result of this process-lead work and our abilities to undertake projects of highly varied typologies, the studio is pursuing a diverse range of projects in the UK and abroad for private, commercial and public sector clients.
In 2007 Carmody Groarke were recipients of the Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA). and in 2010 their Studio East Dining project was winner of the globally prestigious Emerging Architecture Award by The Architectural Review.
Carmody Groarke has seen off the likes of Niall McLaughlin, Terry Pawson and Adam Khan, to win the RIBA-run competition to overhaul the Windermere Steamboat Museum
The contest for the £10 million project in the Lake District National Park attracted 114 expressions of interest. An earlier OJEU-led procurement process for a larger £24.7 million visitor centre collapsed due to a funding shortage.
Eight schemes were shortlisted in the latest competition. Teams were asked to design a wet dock, a dry exhibition space and a conservation workshop. Entrants were also asked to engage with the landscape of the lakeside site.
Earlier this year, project-backer the Lakeland Arts Trust secured initial support for a £7.4million Heritage Lottery Fund bid, including £494,000 development funding, to take the project forward.
The judges’ comments about the victorious scheme:
‘Carmody Groarke has produced a memorable and sensitive set of design proposals which demonstrated an excellent understanding of the multi-faceted nature of the Brief and the Trust’s requirements. The conflicting demands of providing a functional museum to house, display and conserve the historic boat collection within a facility that will create a high-quality visitor experience and have broad audience appeal to encourage repeat visits had been addressed particularly well.
‘The simple forms of the cantilevered buildings were considered to resonate well with the heritage of the site, as well as the Lakeland landscape and steamboat architecture.’
Situated in the Barbican Art Gallery, Bauhaus: Art as Life is the largest exhibition focusing on the iconic art school to be held in the UK for almost 40 years. We collaborated with Carmody Groarke to design an installation of elemental forms, reinterpreting the spacial structure of the gallery to create a bespoke viewing experience for exhibition visitors. Graphically, the design is informed by an awareness of the Bauhaus’ own principles of colour, structure and typography – painted walls, bold panels and supergraphics draw together objects, themes and ideas, and the typeface used throughout is a contemporary revival of the letterpress typeface used within the Bauhaus itself, Breite Grotesk.