Detail photos of Global Platform Denmark by Nick Ierodiaconou

Update: detail photos of the interior and exterior fit out of the new Global Platform at Action Aid.

00 developed the designs, as well as supporting ActionAid in the co-build refurbishment of their Global Platform in Copenhagen. Within a tight budget of £30k and 6-week timeframe, the building was refurbished by young people (16-30 years) with previously limited construction skills.

Greenhouse style meeting room with OpenDesk furniture (cafe table) and writable glass walls.

Bespoke project desks for private working or Skype calls.

Platform seating made from recycled milk crates.

Top floor cafe and community area.

One of the classroom / learning / presentation spaces with moveable whiteboard, a pallet stage and alphabet chairs.

Outdoor greenspace and greenhouse meeting room.

Pallet garden for flexible outdoor seating and presentation space.

Global Platform Denmark is a community of 13 organisations, academics and social entrepreneurs, who collaborate on creating activities, which engender global sustainability and democratic participation, and fight poverty and injustice.

All photos by Lynton Pepper.

- DS

Social Justice Centre announced by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 has won planning consent for the new Social Justice Centre in Vauxhall. The centre will act as a base for organisations working in social justice and human rights, as well as an events space and a community learning resource.

Located behind the Oval cricket ground, the site is currently occupied by a former factory building.

The work will include the restoration of the original three-storey building, providing flexible office space for human rights organisations, and the addition of a two-storey extension that will act as the public frontage of the building on Oval Way.

With principles of social justice in mind, 00:/ has designed the centre to facilitate exchange and collaboration between the organisations housed within it and the local community, with informal “breakout” spaces and a communal atrium.

The ground floor entrance space has been designed as highly transparent with a glazed front facade and public seating to attract passers-by. In the centre is a large reception desk, described as a “kitchen table”, which will incorporate storage and bookcases, as well as a café servery and laptop bar.

Adjacent to the reception area there will be an exhibition gallery and meeting space. Inspired by Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park, 00:/ has designed a concrete stage for talks and lectures called the “speakers’ step”.

Externally, there will be a garden on the rooftop and external spaces on the first and second floors. The rooftop garden will feature planters containing intensive green roof spaces, moveable seating for informal meetings, picnic areas and beehives. A strip of currently disused land to the south of the site will be transformed into a garden with an allotment, a playground and secure bicycle storage.

Text from, written by Cate St Hill

Launch of 'The Future Is Here' by Nick Ierodiaconou

More photos from the launch of 'The Future Is Here' at the Design Museum - congratulations to the team at Wikihouse and Opendesk for all of their hard work!

The Wikihouse and Opendesk set up, ft. Wikihouse version 3 and the OpenDesk Cafe tables, Edie tables, and Edie stools. All designs can be downloaded for free and printed on CNC machines.

View of the exhibition as it fills up

A range of 3D printed items on display

A big crowd pleaser, a pair of Kuka industrial robots forever building and unbuilding a set of panels.

... And last but not least, a team photo of Wikihouse and OpenDesk! From left to right we have Ian Bennick, Lynton Pepper, Joni Steiner, Nick Ierodiaconou, Sarah Gold, Alastair Parvin, Alice Fung and James Arthur. Many thanks to all of those who have also contributed so far and are not pictured.

Photos from the event taken by Joni Steiner, Debbie So, and The Institution of Education & Technology.

Read more about the launch here.


The Future of Open: Photos by Nick Ierodiaconou

The Future of Open research project by the London OI included live events starting 1 July - 3 July through an exhibition, with fringe events in the evening, followed by a live speaking event on the 6th July 2013 at Mother London.

An exhibit of projects illustrating Open across a range of sectors and domains, including education, community projects, technology / hardware, and finance.

Taking the Future of Open exhibit to Mother London at 10 Redchurch St, EC2.

Tristan Copley-Smith presents Open Creatives, a proposed archive of open source digital files across the creative field.

A shot of the Share Your Idea session at the Future of Open event where individuals pitched ideas that could be shared or supported through an Open Institute.

Visit the to share your ideas, and stay tuned for upcoming events.

You can also follow the Open Institute on twitter @OI_Ldn


Manor Works on site by Nick Ierodiaconou

Work is progressing at Manor Works, our 1600sqm enterprise and community centre currently on site in Sheffield. With the concrete superstructure largely finished, the timber top floor has sprung up. Major site works are currently focussing on the entrance bridge.

Big thanks to Jack Marshall (Seed Landscape) and Austen Cook (Momentum Engineering) for their continuing input and guidance.

The ramp to the works yard with rear elevation behind

A forest of (FSC) timber on the top floor.

Office & meeting rooms will have exposed timber soffits.

Concrete specialists Northfield construction have stripped the shuttering, the interior is emerging.

- JS

Smart Cities, Smart Citizens, and Smart “Professionals” too? by Nick Ierodiaconou

On Friday, February 22, 2013, David Saxby, director of 00, participated in the "Smart Cities" debate organised by EDGE.

On Friday, I participated in one of the most engaging debates that I have witnessed so far on the theme of  “Smart Cities”. Organised by EDGE, and supported by the Italian  & Danish Embassies in London, and hosted by Buro Happold, the assembled group of circa 80 people managed to quickly move the debate beyond techno-utopias/dystopias of Big Brother type surveillance under-pinned by ubiquitous sensors and data. Yes, such an Orwellian possibility exists, but allowing the definition of Smart to be hi-jacked by corporate interests looking to monetise this domain, would be to capitulate at the first obstacle.

Re appropriating the much appropriated term, which Wikipedia helpfully defines as unlocking the “social and intellectual capital” of our cities, seems an essential first step in this task. Understanding smart cities as an opportunity for us to radically transform the “intelligence” that we as citizens and society at large can utilize to progress towards the ultimate goals that underpin aspirations such as the ubiquitous sustainability e.g. social justice, human knowledge, biodiversity, resource efficacy, etc.

Sensors, data, computing, are essential underpinnings of this greater “awareness” and create new abilities for micro-coordination in our actions - although I note we already have over 9 billion of the worlds most advanced sensors already distributed across the surface of our planet, and developed speech over 40,000 years ago (I wander whether the first thing uttered was a fear that someone could now report on your behaviour?) . That said, rather than the narrow technological potentials of the Smart City in , it is its ability to change our values and behaviours that seems most profound e.g. if we are can be aware of the provenance of everything we consumer, no longer we will be able to claim ignorance of socially or environmentally unjust acts; will new platforms provide us with new forms of (mediated) trust to share and cooperate in radically new ways.  The potential in this respect seems even more enormous, and relevant to today’s challenges than a fridge that tells me when to buy milk.

However, after a day of genuinely thought provoking  presentations and intense discussion – all anchored to a programmatic reality (there was a high proportion of engineers in the room) , the inevitable question of what shall we do arise. Compared to the genuine energy of early sessions, a relative silence fell over the room; a telling silence.

In the past two decades it seems that intelligent professionals, and I use this term uncritically, have become accustomed to expecting leadership to come from outside; to wait to be asked and to act as consultants to those who initiate or lead. We have become a source of answers, on a pay as you go basis. We have not needed to ask deep questions, make the fundamental propositions, or take the real risk of attempting something radically new.

As Wikipedia helpfully pointed out, Smart Cities are about unlocking our “social and intellectual  capital”. Perhaps that starts by considering how we are selves are doing things.


A civic commons for Silicon Roundabout by Nick Ierodiaconou

Architecture 00 are continuing to lead proposals for a new civic institution for London at Old Street Roundabout. In the last few years, the emergence of an extraordinary cluster of young creative and technology startups around the area of East London have lead Old Street Roundabout to be dubbed 'Silicon Roundabout, and been part of the wider support from the government for Tech City across East London. Yet the roundabout itself remains something of a neglected underpass.

Working with local partners,  00 are developing proposals for a new civic space for London; an open 'commons', owned and operated in the community interest. It will be a building providing workshop spaces, exhibition spaces, event hosting, free workspaces, education and innovation accelerators: in short, a low-threshold point of entry for everyone – from the international investor to the London teenager who wants the opportunity to turn their idea into a startup.

The project will also include a significant upgrade to the whole public realm, including proposals to create a pedestrian peninsular, and safer cycle routes across the junction, which has become notorious as a cycling black-spot in the city.

Driven by the impetus of the local community and startups, 00 are working with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Hackney, the Tech City Investment Organisation to progress the project through technical feasibility stage.

SOAR wins 2013 Civic Trust Award by Nick Ierodiaconou

What a fantastic way to start the new year - SOAR Works Enterprise Centre was awarded a 2013 Civic Trust Award.

The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design, but only if they are judged to have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.

As one of the longest standing built environment awards schemes in Europe, we have given over 6,500 awards during the last 52 years.

SOAR is a community regeneration charity that provides a range of services designed to improve a person’s health, well-being and employability. SOAR also developed and manages SOAR Works Enterprise Centre, a purpose built enterprise centre in north east Sheffield which includes serviced office space, workshops, studios, business meeting & conference rooms, and hot desking space.

A sign of many other great things to come, watch this space in 2013.


Association of Photographers by Nick Ierodiaconou

00:/ have recently completed offices for the Association of Photographers, who have moved to a canal-side location in Dalston, East London. Working within an existing concrete shell, their new home provides 300 sqm of largely open plan, flexible space, opening via a wall of folding glazed doors onto a long terrace overlooking a basin on the Regent’s canal.

Concrete has been left exposed where possible, whilst a new timber floor and ceiling make good use of boards bought direct from a local scaffolding supplier. Bespoke joinery provides concealed storage and a number of discrete folding and sliding partitions, which in turn allow spaces to be closed off & reopened easily as needed - creating a reception, bar, small gallery, workshop, boardroom and workspace depending on the configuration.

- JS

Winner of National "Regeneration & Renewal Award for Boosting High Street Vitality" by Nick Ierodiaconou

New Windows on Willesden Green, in Brent, was announced as the winner of the 2012 Regeneration & Renewal award for boosting high street vitality. Voted by industry experts, New Windows on Willesden Green was up against tough competition. In the category were:

  • High Street Recovery Programme, submitted by Birmingham City Council
  • Improving Local Retail Environments, London, submitted by Facility Architects & Consultants
  • Leyton High-Street-Life, submitted by Waltham Forest Council
  • Love Kettering Markets, submitted by Kettering Borough Council
  • New Windows on Willesden Green, submitted by the London Borough of Brent
  • Regeneration of Bridge Street, Worksop, submitted by Bassetlaw District Council

This award was given to a project that has "successfully revived a local high street, or sustained its vitality against the odds", with "objective evidence that entries have improved or helped to improve the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of a community".

Queens Parade
Queens Parade

New Windows in Willesden Green was the GLA's Outer London Fund project delivered in partnership by Brent Council, The Architecture Foundation, Meanwhile Space, Blue Consulting and 00:/. The legacy of the project is still very much in place with Queens Parade, The Library Lab and now Electric House offering exciting opportunities to local people and businesses in the Willesden Green area of Brent.

The Library Lab is so proud to be part of the winning team, congratulations and a big thank you to everyone who was involved!


The Common Room by Nick Ierodiaconou

The Churches Conservation Trust is trying out a new concept to bring St Laurence’s church on St Benedict Street, Norwich into re-use. It is a called The Common Room. Working in collaboration with The Churches Conservation Trust, 00:/ and Social Spaces are introducing the idea to the local community by bringing it to life for a day, on November 10, 2012.

What is The Common Room?

The Common Room could transform St Laurence’s church into a new type of shared space, made and shaped collectively by the community, and run on the principles of collaboration, connection and resourcefulness. Working through a co-operative membership model you could have access to the space, to meet people, experiment with ideas and start new projects for a small regular membership cost.

More than a coffee shop, restaurant, gallery or theatre alone - more than a traditional community centre, club house or office. You might pop in to make yourself a cup of tea have a chat and read your emails. Bring a dish and share a meal with others. Learn how to fix your bike, or the toaster. Or try and build your next big invention.

The idea of the Common Room is that it could be a social engine room for developing your ideas and projects.

What happens here would be up to you.

Logo design and artwork by Sarah Hollingworth Copy by Laura Billings

Open Institute to be featured at City Hall by Nick Ierodiaconou

00 have been commissioned to exhibit an interactive display of their plans for the Open Institute to a global audience at London House (formerly known as City Hall) during the Olympics and Paralympics. The Open Institute will be a new civic accelerator institution for London, and the UK as whole; its aim is to do for technology, invention and creative entrepreneurialism what the Tate & Barbican have done for the Arts.

In recent years, 00s former home at Old Street has witnessed the explosive emergence of a cluster of technology and web startups. So much so that it has been dubbed ‘Silicon Roundabout’. Yet the roundabout itself, from which the area has taken its name, remains a conspicuous gap. The Open Institute will transform the roundabout into a civic institution; an extraordinary public space, a peer-to-peer university, a platform for investors and startups, and somewhere to go if you want to learn to code, to invest in the next big innovation, host events, or to turn your invention into a profitable business.

If you’re interested in shaping, supporting or being part of the project, do get in touch with us.

The Rise of the Civic Corner Shop by Nick Ierodiaconou

00s Timothy Ahresnbach reflects on 'the slow but sure rise of the civic corner shop' in the latest edition of New Start Magazine.

Whether rural or urban, the examples above show us it is possible not only to maintain, but also expand the quality of service provisions in our neighbourhoods through ingenious combinations of mixed-mode investment and creative reutilisation of community assets.

What, then, can be done in order to foster the growth of such civic ventures?

Simply showing that these initiatives are indeed viable alternatives to the Big Four would seem a good start. Community shops require high degrees of community buy-in, and in order to encourage this we need to convince residents that such initiatives are indeed worth investing in.

Read the full article here.

Grand Opening of SOAR Works by Nick Ierodiaconou

To our great delight, 00:/ have completed their latest new build:

On Friday 09th December 2011 SOAR Works (, 00:/’s latest project, was officially opened by Sir Bob Kerslake Permanent Secretary Communities & Local Government, Cllr Julie Dore Leader Sheffield City Council & David Blunkett MP.

The building was commissioned for SOAR Enterprises Ltd, the trading arm of a community-led area regeneration partnership, and Sheffield City Council. The building provides artists’ studios, workshops, and workspaces for start-up enterprises and community organisations along with meeting and conferencing spaces in a flagship centre in Parson Cross, North Sheffield. SOAR Works aims to revitalise and improve the long term social and economic prospects of the local community through supporting and furthering arts and enterprise.

The design of SOAR Works represents the strategic aims and ambitions of the client and multi-headed grant funders. With a fixed capital budget from the outset, 00:/ led their multi-disciplinary subconsultant team, which included responsibility for cost control, from design competition to completion. Deploying the budget strategically to deliver both a landmark building and also affordable workspace, was fundamental to creating something of design excellence. The cantilevered entrance canopy and playful use of dichroic glass behind perforated security shutters on the South facade, provide a highly functional yet surprising statement at the heart of the regeneration area.The steel-framed and steel-clad (inside and out) design builds on Sheffield’s cultural heritage of industry and progressive workspaces.

SOAR Works was led by architects Sarah Hollingworth and David Saxby from 00:/, with the help of their partners Steve Fisher & Austen Cook (Momentum), Philip Boulcott & Michael Perkins (AppleyardsDWB) and Trevor Barrett & Lujun Zhou (pha/Foster & Partners) and their respective teams.

See photos of the interior design below, more photos to come!

The Hub starts to fill in... by Nick Ierodiaconou

The team from 00 spent a sleepless weekend filling the Hub Westminster, but oh was it worth it! Take a look at the bespoke furniture, which includes the East London Furniture Pallet Project (shelves out of reclaimed ceiling tiles), the greenhouse meeting room, and 00's own collection of CNC-cut Wikitables. And there's still MORE to come… stay tuned for the Hub Westminster Wikihouse.

See the Hub Westminster for yourself at the Changemakers' Fayre, Oct 27-28th! Get your free ticket now:


A new home for Mint Digital by Nick Ierodiaconou

00:/ have been working with the lovely folks at Mint Digital to design (and in some cases, help build) them a new home. We took a deliberately light approach to developing their space as a canvas to be both grown into and adapted as their needs, workflow and circumstances change – but rather than elaborating, we’ve got the following words from the Mints themselves:

“After a search that began in April last year, a spat with the Crown over a potential property and a two-month build, this has been a long time coming. But here we are. Last week saw Mint London move into its fancy new digs in Exmouth Market. The new place is more than double the size of our previous office in Vauxhall, giving us much more space. So much so that when all our boxes turned up, they only took up one small corner of the new office.

When we first laid eyes on the vacant lot, we quickly realised it would be silly to attempt this all by ourselves. We reached out to who, by now, I can call our friends and future collaborators, 00:/. The 00s would most likely be insulted if I was to call them architects; architecture just happens to be one of the things they do. They recently released the 'Compendium for the Civic Economy' and are currently working on an iPhone app. They took our ideas for the space, added a few of their own - in retrospect, Nick admits he's glad we didn't go for the 'stairs above desks' - and transformed an empty shell into what Mint now calls home.

There's a lot I could mention about the space but I'd like to draw particular attention to our desks. A bespoke design by 00, they are CNC cut and hand-finished. They feature two different tops, which can be flipped in four different ways, giving an insane 64 permutations per desk. Power and data is delivered to each desk via the ceiling, each made a feature of with LED lit pendants hanging above.

The best part, however, is that our desks are open source. Along with 00, we'll be releasing the CAD files for the desks, meaning anyone can get them CNC cut and made, or, improve on the design and share it back with the community.

We're not quite there yet with the space. In fact, I doubt we'll ever call it 'finished', but already, there seems to be a buzz about the place. Plus, the radically improved lunch options that Exmouth Market has to offer definitely help.

To mark the occasion, we'll be throwing a party mid-June. Look out for invites coming soon. Or, feel free to come round for a coffee sometime if you fancy a look-around. We're at:

Mint Digital Unit 100, Exmouth House 3-11 Pine Street, London EC1R 0JH

Lastly, a string of thanks. None of this would have been possible without Nick and Joni from 00, who did everything from designing the space, haggling prices on our behalf to building desks with us at 1 am, when I think Joni was meant to be on a date with his girlfriend. Thanks also to Indy and Alice at 00, who from our first meeting had me thinking about the project in a completely new light. Thanks also go to Iain, the project manager, who took every crazy idea us and 00 threw at him in his stride and only said no very occasionally, mostly to save us from ourselves. Thanks to Colin at Mint who has been slaving at this since we started looking, to David for letting us spend amounts of money that kept him awake at night, thanks to Andy and Cameron for trusting me and at no point saying 'What the hell are you doing?'. Finally, thanks to the Mints for bearing with 'we'll move in two weeks' for the last two months. I hope the wait has been worth it. “

Our collaboration with Mint looks to be one of ongoing fruitfulness, and 00:/ would like to add some extra special thanks; to Ian for the CNC cutting, to Owen for building up & finishing all the furniture & baffles so beautifully… and of course to the Mints themselves (particularly David, Utku and Colin) for inviting us to collaborate…

(ps: the open source table, the Open Desk, is coming very soon...)


Hub Furniture: Wikitables by Nick Ierodiaconou

Using the same open-source technology as Wikihouse, Architecture 00:/ has partnered with the Hub Westminster to develop a series of Wikitables for flexible use as a workspace, boardroom meeting table, and workshop environment. Designs will also be published online for others to adapt, improve, and produce anywhere, anytime. Hub Westminster is set to launch on October 10th, 2011, details here.

See the prototype Wikitable in action:

*More info at and on twitter #wikihouse *