We enjoy using specific materials on several projects over time, threading their use from one project to the next to arrive at increasing degrees of mastery. An example of this is our work with Lignacite, a sustainable concrete block, which we first used on the Tower of Love (Blackpool, 2011) and are continuing to use on new projects including the NorthWest Cambridge Hotel, part of the Eddington Masterplan. It can also be seen through our pioneering use of Tulip Wood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), a material which we pioneered through the design of Endless Stair (2013) and brought into use as a healthy material for our Maggie’s Centre in Oldham (2017).
Parallel to the practice of allowing a relationship with specific materials to strengthen over time, we stay attuned to opportunities to work with new materials. As part of this, it is vital that we also reflect on the use of construction materials both throughout history and within other cultures as this results in fresh inspiration and new applications.