Studio 11 is motivated by the diverse approaches and creative methods our students develop in their making, drawing and investigations over the course of the full year. PLEASURE, the theme of this year’s studio, is arguably the heart of the distinctive city we inhabit. Inspired in Term One by the intangible and evocative qualities of the site, located this year in the dense cluster of the Lanes bordering Brighton Beach, concepts of time, place and representation have been challenged by the students’ creative enquiry. Studio 11’s experimental work reflects and amplifies the unique
interactions of the world that we are part of, and gives form and context to that which is often overlooked. Term Two and Three have resulted in a diverse range of architecture not afraid to occupy these newly evolved design territories. Each project acts as a creative lens for understanding more deeply the pleasures that make up our communities and drive our future visions.
Studio 11 + Studio 06 Trip to Margate
March 5th 2020. Studio 11 off to Margate for an amazing experience with Studio 06. We visited the Turner Gallery, walked by the beach and through the old town, got pleasurably disturbed in the Shell Grotto (thank you Sarah Vickery for opening especially for us – it was an unforgettable visit!), had an inspiring chat with the co-owner Alex Ratcliffe (thanks Sara Ratcliffe for inviting us!) of the “smallest theatre in Europe” – the Tom Thumb, which was originally a Victorian coach house. It is now a unique cultural hive of Margate with music, food, theatre, and much dedication and love from those involved. We also visited the very special and surreal Walpole Bay Hotel where they were the unbelievably gracious hosts.
This is a spectacular place to visit, with floor after floor of galleries of the strangest collections, and drawings from all around the world, inspired by memories of Margate rendered on linen napkins especially for Jane Bishop and family, the owners of this fascinating place. Overall a very unique adventure full of contradictory, challenging, warm, monumental and thoughtful architecture.