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Birdhurst Avenue

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Birdhurst Avenue was completed in the summer of 2016. The accoya extension to the rear will be left to weather naturally and the structural wine rack which gives access to the basement forms the heart of this family home.


Bear Grylls Fitness

WMOR are excited to announce that we are currently in the process of designing and constructing a series of indoor OCR training courses for Bear Grylls Fitness and Oxygen Freejumping. 

 

 


Ride2Rebel

It has been an exciting week for WMOR, with lots of attention from the press for our Ride2Rebel bus - we have made it as far as Dubai and Australian Radio. Here are just a few examples of some of the blogs and editorials which we have featured in: 

The Evening Standard

The Metro

The Stylist

Top Gear Magazine

Design Week

Architects Journal

Coach Magazine

Gizmag

Sheerluxe


News release 17 May 2016

London based architect firm designs world’s first gym inside a moving bus

London based architect firm, WMOR, has released images of its designs for the gym of the future. With time being a precious commodity for London commuters, WMOR created the concept with King of Gyms 1Rebel combining the commute with a HIIT workout by designing the world’s first gym studio inside a moving bus.

The firm has been working on the concept for several months, which features a spin studio inside a fully working bus. Commuters will sweat on their way to work - a safer and weatherproof alternative to the usual morning cycle.

WMOR teamed up with gym 1Rebel to create the concept, which will transport commuters from outer London to the City’s 1Rebel gym club where they can use the club’s five star showers and changing rooms.

WMOR is famous for its unusual projects including a mobile hotel, transportable eco pods and indoor assault courses as well as the more usual residential and commercial projects.

Director of 1Rebel, James Balfour, and Director of WMOR architects, Jon Beswick, worked on the design while on a recent trip to North Korea. The pair have also previously skied to the South Pole together, ran from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea and have climbed numerous mountains.

Jon Beswick, Director of WMOR comments: “This futuristic concept needs to match the aesthetic of their current gyms, industrial bunker meets metal spaceship. Expect sleek interiors for the high intensity commute of the future.”

The revolutionary class, coined Ride2Rebel, will launch to the public in the summer of this year. Classes last 45 minutes and will range from £12 - £15. Tickets are available at 1Rebel.co.uk.

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors 

Interviews with Jon Beswick are available on request.

 About WMOR

WMOR was founded in 2009 by Jon Beswick and Charles Curtis while on a nine month expedition along the West Coast of Africa. WMOR's work primarily consists of residential and commercial projects in central London where they undertake both architecture and interior design including bespoke furniture. Due to their passion for adventure, they have acquired some unusual projects including humanitarian shelters, mobile hotels, pop up markets, transportable eco pods and indoor assault courses.


London Festival of Architecture Open Studio - June 2016

Event Description

WMOR Architects welcomes you to join us for a summer BBQ and open studio day at our offices in Clapham. As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the theme of 'community' is particularly relevant to our practice as we regularly design and deliver homes to members of the local area. This is an opportunity for friends and families to visit us for an informal chat and to participate in fun, creative activities which will allow you to find out a bit more about how architecture is for everyone.

Our BBQ is kindly being supported by: 'This is Clapham', Cactus Kitchens, Oppo Ice Cream, Growing Underground and Moen Butchers - all local Clapham Businesses who are happy to help our community.

Please register for this free event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wmor-architects-open-studio-tickets-24785445936


Pod Update

Clients can choose from various modular sections which are then configured in a linear arrangement. 


REBAR Lighting update

In addition to being able to be used as a table light or as a pendant, our REBAR light can be tessellated to form a modern chandelier. Prototype in production.


Malcolm Road

Creating a visual for the basement extension to Malcolm Road, which has just gained planning permission.


Birdhurst Avenue

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The wine joinery has finally been installed on site in our project on Birdhurst Avenue!


Concrete Pendant

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Experimenting with concrete mixes to create a lightweight, durable concrete pendant.


REBAR Lighting

More than 400 million tonnes of materials get delivered to site each year. Of these, 60 million tonnes go straight to tip due to over ordering, damage resulting for poor storage or because of inappropriate ordering. 

The industry produces 109 million tonnes of construction waste each year (24% of total waste), of which up to 13% is delivered and unused. It produces three times more waste than all UK households combined. Although around half of this waste is reused or recycled, the amount that is simply disposed of remains alarming. 

WMOR have been designing upcycled lighting and furniture as part of a focus on the REUSE idea. Not just reusing them for their original purpose, but finding a way to make a beautiful, unique piece from something which would otherwise be sent to landfill.

This Rebar Pendant has been designed to be formed from waste rebar used in concrete construction which can be tessellated to form a large chandelier.


WMOR Furniture

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Our new table and benches under construction - we are very excited to have these in our new meeting room!


Kensington Gardens

Photoshoot for Kensington Gardens complete thanks to the following suppliers from Chelsea Harbour"


Pimlico Riverside

This lower ground flat is ideally placed riverside in Pimlico but suffered from a lack of space and light so common with subterranean properties. We rationalised the layout and extended into an existing but poorly used conservatory. The focus was upon simple lightweight materials and glazing and their contrast against the large structural elements of the site. The result is a very large two bedroom lower ground flat that has the space and feel of a penthouse apartment.


Kensington Gardens

Backing onto Kensington Palace, this once forgotten studio apartment has been transformed into a luxurious one bed property with original features and stunning entertaining space. Undertaken for a client looking to develop an impressive development property we have created a beautiful kitchen and dining room taking full advantage of high ceilings and reinstated original features. The large double bedroom and light open study look out onto a significant landscaped garden.


Eco Pods

A robust off grid pod made from marine steel, which can be transported to any location or climate. It can comfortably support up to two occupants, with living space, kitchen, shower room and sleeping quarters. 


Welcome to Vicky, our new Project Architect

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Vicky forms part of our management team, running projects in our studio alongside office and practice management. She has worked for various London practices including Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, specialising in high end residential architecture at a range of scales. Vicky also has experience on commercial, hospitality, healthcare and education projects. 

 


In memory of James Horner

Very sad news regarding the death of James Horner. An incredible talent and a pleasure to work with. Took a chance and gave us our first big project as a practice and allowed us to really push on design. Fascinating guy who always had incredible stories.


Eaton Place starts on site

Eaton Place started on site in May 2015. A grand terraced building to be restored to its former grandeur with the careful addition of modern extensions at the rear of the property.


WMOR features in Sunseeker and Quintessentially magazine

Covent Garden Penthouse features as a double spread in both Sunseeker and Quintessentially magazine.


10x10 Drawing the City 2014 - The Shard

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This year 10x10 partnered with The Shard for the annual design exhibition. As such all of the pieces were focused around this iconic building.

We were struck by the huge amount of building work being undertaken in our square and the constant development of all of the local structures. We wanted our piece to reflect the way in which change in the area had made way for iconic landmarks such as The Shard and so collected materials from building sites in our area.

Using reclaimed pallets, scaffolding boards and even nails we created a canvas using the materials that had already been used once to help create the buildings we were drawing.

At 2.25m tall we wished to produce a piece that was befitting the tallest building in Europe and would have a striking impact within a room as does The Shard within the skyline of London.

We are proud to continue our involvement with Article 25 and to be able to raise money for such a worthy cause with the sale of our piece. We were especially pleased that it was purchased by someone intimately involved with The Shard itself.


Flying for Heroes Kenya Expedition

In 2014 WMOR architects was proud to be part of the organising team for Flying for Heroes. This venture is a not for profit enterprise providing pilot training scholarships for wounded services personnel and veterans. It launched in July 2014 with a three-week expedition, flying Para-trikes and Para-motors across Kenya in partnership with Help for Heroes. Both Jon and Charlie were able to join for portions of the expedition acting in the advanced ground team.

It is important that we recognise and acknowledge the bravery and sacrifices made by our wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen and to demonstrate to potential employers the capabilities, positive attitude and determination shown by all those that have served our country, been injured and are looking for new opportunities. Learning to fly is an exciting, enlightening and enriching experience.

WMOR architects has committed to ongoing support and sponsorship of the programme in the future and Flying for Heroes aims to create a bursary to continue offering flying scholarships to our wounded heroes. http://www.flyingforheroes.org/


Sky News Discussion of Antarctic Expedition

Jon spoke about his successful expedition to the Antarctic, where WMOR tested their prototype Extreme Shelter, on Sky News.


UNI Sushi Open

UNI Sushi is open for business! Located near Victoria Station in the heart of London, the restaurant serves up exquisite food in a contemporary and functional space. More information on this project can be found here.


10x10 Drawing the City - 2013 Entry

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We were honoured to be invited to submit a new design for 2013's 10x10 London auction in aid of Article 25. Our piece focused on the British Land building in Shoreditch. These stunning example of modern design formed of glass and steel sits amongst crumbling Victorian brickwork factories and graffiti covered walls. For more information on 10x10 or to bid on any of this years entries, please click here.


LED Headboard Publication

Our Covent Garden project was featured in Appletec's Autumn 2013 Newsletter for its innovative use of an LED Light Sheet as a bespoke headboard. More information on this exciting project can be found here.


Sky News

Jon was filmed drawing the RBS building for a feature on Sky News as part of his continued collaboration with the broadcaster on architectural news and developments.


A video journey through our latest project in Covent Garden

A video of WMOR's exciting new project in the heart of Covent Garden. More information on this project can be found here.


10x10 London - 2012 Entry

Following the success of last year's event, WMOR Architects have been invited to enter the 10X10 Drawing the City London event in support of architectural charity Article 25.

The event sees contributions from some of the biggest names in architecture and design including, Lord Norman Foster, Paul Smith and Sir Terence Conran.

WMOR hopes to surpass the success of last year's piece which was entered into the final auction and raised almost £1000 for the charity.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has endorsed the event, saying: “Article 25′s work to design and build shelter for people affected by natural disasters is a very welcome initiative. This latest project is a fascinating idea with some of the biggest names in architecture creating a unique snapshot of London’s landscape."


Antarctic Olympic Challenge

A film following Jon's expedition to the South Pole, for which WMOR developed and tested a prototype shelter for use in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. More information on the tent can be found here.


10x10 London - 2011 Entry

As a young company, we were honoured to be invited to join the 10x10 Drawing the City London charity auction.

10×10 is a project which divides an area of London into a 10 x 10 grid, with the resulting squares being allocated to 100 prominent architects, designers and artists, who come together in the summer to create 100 pieces of work, giving 100 perspectives of London.

10×10 creates a unique snapshot of London and raises money for Article 25, the UK’s leading architectural and construction aid charity.

We decided to give the public of London the opportunity to draw their interpretation of Liverpool Street Station and collected some of the most eclectic and interesting for our submission.


On The Edge of Africa

In 2009 Jon Beswick and Charlie Curtis departed on an expedition to circumnavigate Africa by land, partnering with One to One Children's Fund to develop a prototype shelter for their clinics. More information on the shelter can be found here.


Article Series for The Architectural Review 


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