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"Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields or the woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary."
— Henry David Thoreau

Over the years we have been incredibly privileged to work amongst the most beguiling landscapes throughout Wales. Here is a small collection of photographs that capture those special places.
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Phenomena: Rain

Llangenith Beach, Gower, Wales - Force 8

I was recently approached by the Design Commission for Wales to write a short essay on practicing architecture in Wales.

The aim was to publish a collection of short stories to help mark the 10th Anniversary of the Design Commission for Wales. It reflected a range of perspectives from friends, colleagues and enthusiasts around the UK and from some of...

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Currently on site

Revisiting the ‘Bungalow’ Typology

The practice recently obtained planning for the following bungalow modernisation + refurbishment in Southgate near Swansea, South Wales.

"The purpose of Architecture is to improve human life. Create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life" John Lautner Architect

As a design studio we have always been interested in the humble and often understated typology of the bungalow...

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The Slip Bridge 'artefact'

Volunteers Wanted – Be part of the Olympic celebrations with Hyde + Hyde

Calling Students of Architecture …Volunteers Wanted.

Be part of the Olympic celebrations - Adain Avion: Artist Taking the lead’ commission for London 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games - Cultural Project Wales.

Hyde and Hyde Architects are participating with Welsh artist and creator Marc Rees, one of Wales’s leading exponents of contemporary performance and installation, in o...

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Elevation

Adain Avion – A Proposal: ‘The collective memory of the city’

Hyde + Hyde Architects are delighted to have been invited to participate in Adain Avion: ‘Artist taking the lead’ project, Cultural Olympiad 2012.

As the following cleverly choreographed Video explains; "Adain Avion, Incorporates the body of a DC9 airplane, transformed into a mobile art space. A social sculpture that comes to life in response to the transitory passengers that occupies i...

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Diamond tipped blade

Quarry Visit – Understanding Limits

As a practice we are interested in working with local craftspeople and applying their unique knowledge to making and constructing buildings that through time become a natural part of the landscape.

Continuing our research into local materials we recently visited a Sandstone Quarry in the Neath Valley to learn about the processes involved in extracting, cutting and working with a local mater...

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Exploring the Topography

Teaching Vertical Studio on Gower

The sensory allure of the Gower Peninsula has been the focus of one of this years Vertical Studios’ at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Every year ‘Vertical Studio’ proposals are invited from all teaching, research staff and external built environment professionals, designers and artists.

The summer term provides a great opportunity to broaden the students’ experience in researc...

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Concept - urban noise and the cube by day

A Room for London Competition – ‘Room 7×7′

The following post presents Hyde + Hyde Architects competition Entry for ‘A Room for London’. We created a monochrome cube ‘floating’ on London’s skyline, a contemplative space for its occupants and a simple object of reflection.

At night it’s back-lit form will appear suspended and physically isolated –  indifferent to its context, allowing its occupants to consider their me...

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Pennard house - door detail

Thoughts on Threshold + Detail

The way we connect - physically with the buildings that surround us everyday is often overlooked or given very little thought...

In our studio we spend time designing and discussing the way people engage with our Architecture. These tactile experiences can often evoke a metaphysical and sensuous reaction within us, between the real and the ideal, between memory and lived experience.

The ...

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