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AR_EA UK: Adam Khan Architects

AR_EA London: Adam Khan Architects

Who are you? 
Adam Khan, founder of Adam Khan Architects.

Where are you based?
London.

Why did you become an architect?
To create possibility and friction. I wanted to articulate the mysterious relationship of inhabitation and material presence, to offer resistance to alienation and the commodification of experience. Because building is an amazing, intense activity.

What kind of work do you do?
Public projects that have strong, radical agendas.

What is it like being an architect where you are?
Exciting! There are lots of talented people to work with, as well as clients who have strong social agendas and great vision.

What is the context in which you are working?
We work with dynamic, entrepreneurial charities, trusts and local authorities who understand the value of architecture.

Pensthorpe_Play_Barn

A competition win gave Adam Khan Architects the opportunity to bring to life its design for the Play Barn at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens in Norfolk

What inspires you these days?
Trying to make work that is clear, strong and reflective.

What project are you most proud of and why?
The New Horizon Youth Centre near King’s Cross in north London - to see that intense, experiential spaces can be so transformative.

What is unique about your work?
Intensity and openness.

What is your favourite building material or technique?
It would have to be tectonic layering - it is suggestive of time, suggestive of inhabitation and suggestive of construction.

How do you get ideas?
Keep on working.

What are your favourite design tools?
Anything and everything.

What would be your ideal project?
The ones we’re working on.

Where do you hope to go from here?
I hope to maintain intensity and focus.

What would you like to be remembered for?
That’s not a priority for me.

Lead Image

The scheme to be designed for Tower Court in Hackney, London, will include 130 mixed-tenure new homes and a depot for the Hatzola orthodox Jewish ambulance service