Architecture Society in collaboration with Art and DT departments hosted London based practice alma-nac. One of the founding members and Directors of alma-nac is OA Tristan Wigfall and alongside Chris Bryant, fellow Director, and Adam Shapland they took us on an exclusive tour of their Waterloo studio and gave insight into past and current projects. Re-imagining space including projects such as ‘slim house’ a 2.3m wide home to a ‘House within a house’ alma-nac are masters of problem solving the seemingly impossible. The sustainable element to their work is an overarching theme and they are at the vanguard of challenging how to ‘re-use’ ‘re-imagine’ and be sustainable at every opportunity. The Dulwich Pavilion at the Picture Gallery by Yinka Ilori is now a series of planters that are popping up in school and community environments. alma-nac's talk shone a light on life in the studio process, the collaboration of ideas and behind the scenes creative journey from a sketch to a building. It was overall an enlightening experience and will prove invaluable for those applying to architecture courses next year, those planning to in the future or anyone with an interest in the built environment. We are also excited to see what alma-nac do next especially as they are working on a commission very close to home, the redesign of our Lower School building.
Alex Whitwell, Year 12