Nex create buildings and places defined by context, people and atmosphere.
We connect our projects with context and specialise in integrating transformational projects into sensitive historic or cultural settings. We create value by intimately connecting architecture to the city, creating long-term adaptability and enhancing the public realm.
We connect people to place through distinctive, and engaging design, bringing people together through flexibly programmed spaces that are platforms for social interaction. We enjoy creating dynamic places that prioritise sensory experience and flexibly accommodate different uses.
Our buildings and spaces are distinguished by their atmosphere. Our sensitivity to volume, material, texture, light and sound is perceived through meticulous design and beautiful craftsmanship.
Our work has been published and exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards and commendations.
Nex are a RIBA / RIAI Chartered Architects, Urban Designers and Client Advisors, working as a close-knit team on projects around the world from our base in central London.
Our diverse portfolio includes culture, leisure, workplace, education, infrastructure and residential buildings. All share a focus on their relationship with the city and landscape, and our record of securing challenging consents and approvals is exemplary.
Since our establishment in 2008 by Alan Dempsey, we have collaborated with ambitious clients including the Architectural Association, Ballymore, RAF Museum, Cadogan Estates, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, The Times, Facebook, Mercedes Formula 1, the LSE and the University of Brighton. Many have returned to work with us repeatedly.
"At Duke of York Square, we are introducing a state of the art new building into the historic environment: The Restaurant, with its stunning organic spiral form, retractable glass walls and roof garden, uses cutting edge technology and design, yet fits seamlessly into its historic surroundings."
"Nex worked with us both Client Advisors and Architects - playing an instrumental role in two successful HLF funding applications. Challenging us in the potential of our indoor space, the final scheme includes two imaginatively restored and transformed buildings that form the centrepiece of our site. "
“We were won over by Nex’s design, which combines functionality with a sense of elegant self-containment...We think it will intrigue passers-by and become a mini-landmark on the King’s Road.”
“We greatly appreciated your expertise in creating a unique central pavilion for the garden. Your meticulous attention to detail in pulling so many elements together made the project a thoroughly rewarding experience”
“DRL 10 pavilion at the AA by Alan Dempsey and Alvin Huang, hints at an emergent and beautiful architecture, and somehow remind us that Zaha, Rem, Peter Cook and Tschumi all began their revolutions here”
“You understand the success of a project depends on much more than artistic rigour but also on the ability of the team leader to motivate the design team and coordinate the execution and delivery of the project.”
"Clean lines, beautiful quality of light, practical and flexible...the design of our new home has completely transformed its atmosphere."
“At the start of every project you have a vague idea or a rough outline of what you want. The team at Nex— had vision and that made all the difference in delivering to us a result beyond our expectations.”
We’re a progressive design studio and with our approach comes change. Our clients aren’t afraid of this and know that inspired results come from new ways of seeing; they understand that real insight comes from challenging norms and they trust us to deliver.
Our clients come from a spectrum of industries and range from individuals to organisations and institutions. They share a common goal of seeking change for the better. This is why collaboration is at the heart of Nex. We partner, learn, question and transform. Together, we take a shared vision and craft it into a tangible, inspired space.
- Sir Ken Adam
- Architectural Association
- Bloomberg Media
- Buro Happold
- Cadogan Estates
- Dublin Docklands Development Authority
- Established & Sons
- Exception de MixMind
- Future Systems
- Liverpool Biennial
- London School of Economics
- Mountbrook Property Group
- MTV Music Television
- National Trust
- Rail Procurement Agency
- Royal Airforce Museum
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- The London Times
- University of Brighton