Stolon Studio is an ethical, ambitious and inventive architectural practice. 

We offer a powerful combination of  idealism and pragmatism.  

 

We work closely with our clients to understand what matters most to them, drawing out the subtleties of a brief and the real human needs that sit at a project’s heart. Our work is unashamedly optimistic, with projects that speak to the hidden aspirations and ambitions of our clients, and which support the way that people want to live and work, both now and in the future. We create simple yet transformational projects, whatever the budget, with designs that are functional, adaptable and achievable.

 

We never lose sight of the role design has to play in addressing the bigger societal challenges we face, such as climate change, flood-risk, public health or an aging population. We look to maximise social, environmental and economic value in all our work, with built projects that demonstrate our commitment to problem-solving, and which are genuinely innovative in terms of concepts, materials and technology.  We have designed and delivered a number of award-winning housing projects notably Kaolin Court, in which we work, and Forest Mews in which we live, both of which exemplify our approach to ‘sociable architecture’: design which supports and enables community cohesion.

Our entrepreneurial spirit is rooted in sound commercial understanding. As architects we are also involved in realising schemes in conjunction with a development partner, as a result of which we have significant experience in assessing site suitability and producing rapid feasibility options. We have worked on a wide range of complex sites and have a high success rate in achieving planning for schemes that add value not just for clients, but for the wider community. 

We are skilled at guiding individuals, developers and local authorities through the design process with well-honed consultation skills which ensure long term success and lasting value for a variety of stakeholders

 

It has never been more important to be able to make the maximum impact with the minimum of resources. We have a lean approach to resources addressing critical issues including energy, materials and water management, and work closely with our clients to deliver climate-adaptive buildings and landscapes that reduce demand on the environment.

 

Stolon Studio was set up by Jessica and Robert Barker who together have delivered a portfolio of ambitious and ground-breaking projects and who have individually featured in Grand Designs.  Our work is typified by a bold and playful geometry, tactile and distinctive materials and human-scaled detailing, and makes a positive and uplifting contribution to the built environment.  

Selected Awards:

2021 RIBA Award Shortlist

2020 Blueprint Award Highly Commended

2020 RIBA Award Shortlist

2020 LHC Framework

2019  RIBA Award Winner Emerging Architect

2019  RIBA Award Winner

2019  RIBA Award Small Project Winner

2015  RICS Award Winner, Residential Development of the Year

2015  Green Dot Awards, Winner

2015  TOP Sixty Housing, Commendation

2014  Brick Awards, Winner

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