Nex is a London-based architect who designs distinctive buildings and places, often in landmark locations and heritage contexts. Our work spans multiple uses, including arts & culture, education, workplace, living, and leisure. This diversity is underpinned by a consistent focus on people’s experience and connecting our projects to the city with remarkable public realm.
We work with public and private clients who see themselves as stewards of their sites and buildings and we enjoy working with complex briefs that have long-term strategic vision. Current and recent clients include the British Museum, the RAF Museum, British Land, the Cadogan Estate, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and discerning private clients. Our studio has received international recognition, winning several architectural competitions and critical acclaim for our completed work, including AYA Public Realm Architect of the Year, AJ Leisure Building of the Year, and the UK Commercial Building of the Year.
Our expertise in designing imaginative public realms connects our buildings to outdoor spaces and the wider city. This strengthens relationships with local communities, enhances identity, and increases footfall to create vibrant, successful places. Considered design of the public realm also allows us to better integrate natural and built environments, enhancing biodiversity and making our cities a little wilder. In 2020, Nex was recognised by Building Design as the UK Public Realm Architect of the Year.
We are RIBA chartered architects experienced in designing within a wide range of complex contexts for new-build and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Our clients benefit from our exemplary record of securing consent, our communicative approach, and our design expertise in diverse uses. Our buildings bring people together through flexibly programmed spaces that are platforms for social interaction. We place a strong emphasis on sustainability, employing a passive fabric-first design approach and circular design principles.
Interiors are fundamental to our appreciation and understanding of a building. We value people’s experience of space, looking to create distinct atmospheres that can transform with time. Our design approach considers the qualities that affect all the senses — acoustics, light, shadow, and touch— combined with meticulous detailing, an understanding of how natural materials patina, and an inventive use of colour.