1. The studio has been working flat out this summer, creating this 50 sq metre model of Greenwich Peninsular, ready for the unveiling of the new plans for development.

    We created the ‘land’ from rubber coated MDF, and the viewer walks through the model as if they were in the Thames.

    The skyline of London is created with Plywood cut outs of some of London’s most famous landmarks and icons, whilst the buildings of Canary Wharf are created from high density foam coated in rubber.

    The peninsular is a riot of colour and materials, as each zone of the development is picked out in a different material. From glass to brass, dichroic film set into stainless steel to Lego bricks. We’ve cast resin, we’ve welded and soldered, we’ve all had fun with Lego and model trains and moss, and we’ve made and wired lit zinc signs. Then, to finish, neon picks a path through the model, representing the running track which will wind through the development.

    The model is on display to the public now, in the Gateway Pavilions, just outside North Greenwich tube station and across the plaza from the O2 Dome.

    In the same building is London’s newest gallery - NOW gallery is currently showing SImon Heijdens’ new work ‘Shade’ - LCD film on the gallery windows changes as the wind blows, projecting the sunlight into the gallery in an ever changing pattern.

    Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio designed the piece, for Knight Dragon, the developers, and it was made by Mike Smith Studio in our new workshop in West London.

  2. After a few frantic days of packing, we have moved into our new studio!

    We are in the Western Avenue Business Park, just off the A40, only a few miles from our old studio.

    You can now find us at:

    Units 4 & 5
    Mansfield Road
    Western Avenue Business Park
    W3 0BZ

    New telephone number:

    t: 020 8992 4218

  3. A large steel framework wall clad with hand-cast resin panels, for Céline’s London store, in Mount Street, Mayfair.

    We have just installed this wall into Céline’s fashion boutique, having made and test fitted it in our London workshop.

    Read more about it here.

  4. superarchitects:

    A Clockwork Jerusalem

    British Pavilion / Venice Biennale / 2014

    "A Clockwork Jerusalem is a witty and insightful exhibition that we hope will provoke debate about British architecture. The exhibition uses images and language brilliantly to link a series of complex issues that we hope will lead to a new debate about the UK’s plans for housing and New Towns."

    Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design, and fashion at the British Council

    More info

    A lovely picture of our mound!

  5. All our work at the Venice Architectural Biennale 2014.

    We produced the small scale models of the Thamesmead, Cumbernauld and Hulme estates - all examples of modernism and brutalism in architecture, once touted to be the answer to the UK housing crisis. Sadly all have now fallen into decline, and much of the architecture has been lost as the bulldozers move in and time marches on.

    The show asks viewers to consider the relationship between the modernist ideals of the past and traditional British sensibilities.

    We had the models 5-axis CNC routed out of a dense foam, and then hand painted and sprayed them with a mix of paint and concretious resin.

    Then they were drilled and displayed on stainless steel legs at precise angles, so the viewer could appreciate them not just as buildings, but as objects, away from their natural surroundings.

    The mound was made with a steel structure and then clad in plywood and MDF panels, all CNC routed to fit perfectly. The stairs were slotted into place and each element fitted and bolted on to the steel work, once on site in Venice.

    Then the mound was covered in a soil and adhesive mixture, and the paintwork was finished.

    The Venice Architectural Biennale opened to the public on the 7th of June, 2014, and will close on the 23rd November, 2014.

    The British Pavilion is called ‘A Clockwork Utopia’, and is curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians, supported by The British Council and sponsored by The Vinyl Factory.


  6. pelhamcomms:

    A Clockwork Jerusalem, The British Council’s commission for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, is a broad, thought provoking and reflective exhibition which explores the development of modernism in British architecture from a number of angles. Each of these are…

    (Source: pelhamcommunications)


  7. british pavilion by FAT architecture opens at the venice biennale



    entitled ‘a clockwork jerusalem’, the installation considers the effect post-war architecture had on the nation’s population, exploring the origins of the movement in britain.

    The post british pavilion by FAT architecture opens at the venice biennale appeared first on designboom | architecture & design magazine.

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    There is currently a Twitter-tour of the British Pavilion ‘A Clockwork Jerusalem’ happening on Twitter! For those not lucky enough to be visiting Venice themselves, follow @British_Design to see the show and ask any questions you have!

    We made the mound and the models of the Thamesmead, Cumbernauld and Hulme buildings.

  8. La Biennale is OPEN!

    Il padiglione della Gran Bretagna al Biennale del’ Architettura a Venezia e aperta! Speriamo che dara gusto a tutti gli nostri visitatori.

    We made multiple elements for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architectural Biennale.

    'A Clockwork Jerusalem' is co-curated by FATArchitecture and Crimson, and examines old fashioned British sensibilities confronted with modernism and Brutalist architecture.

    There was a great crowd for the official opening of the pavilion, and the Biennale runs until 23rd November 2014.

  9. Join the hunt!

    The Faberge Big Egg Hunt New York is on - can you find all the eggs, scattered around New York?

    And more importantly, can you find the one produced by Mike Smith Studios, for Leyla Aliyeva?

    Miss Aliyeva provided the studio with her original art work, and we then adjusted it to wrap around the 3 dimensional egg, and meticulously hand painted every detail.

    We also cut out the shapes of the flowers, and crafted a translucent red perspex piece to fit each one. We then made an LED ‘light pole’ and fixed it into the centre of the egg to give an even glow. The flowers jump from the design even in daylight, giving the monochrome design a real hit of juicy colour.

    A final coat of laquer, and off went the egg, from our studio in West London, to somewhere in Manhattan…here’s a clue - it’s Upper West Side!

    This egg is available to buy in the auction, at the end of the hunt.

  10. Sebastian Bergne - stools for the Ambiente Trade Fair, Messe Frankfurt 07 - 11 February 2014.

    Once again, Mike Smith Studio work in collaboration with Sebastian Bergne - this time to create a set of stools, which double as magazine racks.

    Each stool is made from Valchromat - a wood fibre panel made with organic dye, with one face of each stool covered in green Formica. This matches the colour scheme for the Trade Fair.

    We used our CNC router to cut each piece, laminated the green panels, and then built the stools by hand.