Ellebo Garden Room

  • 2013 – ongoing
  • Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Client: KAB, Copenhagen
  • Project Status: Tender
  • Size: 20,000 m² 
  • Contract value: £26 million
  • Competition 1st Prize
  • Nordic Build Challenge 2013: Overall winner
  • AR Future awards 2014: Highly Commended

Adam Khan Architects were appointed as Main Consultant for the renovation and extension of a 1960’s estate in Copenhagen, Denmark. The project includes 224 refurbished and 52 new apartments.

The competition was won in collaboration with Daniel Serafimovski and Price and Myers

Tower Court

  • 2015 – ongoing
  • Location: Clapton Common, London, UK
  • Client: London Borough of Hackney
  • Project Status: Planning approved
  • Contract value: £37 million

132 new homes, ambulance depot

Adam Khan Architects are Main Consultant for the regeneration of Tower Court Estate for Hackney Council, with Muf architecture/art as landscape architects.

A model for higher-density urban family living, the brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Haredi community. Through extensive consultation and design research, common ground was found between Haredi households and other large households – and this translated into a set of principles for highly adaptable large family homes in a dense neighbourhood. The scheme includes 132 mixed tenure dwellings, a new ambulance depot, and a comprehensive landscape strategy.

Four buildings at six storeys with a single tower at 12 storeys, are arranged on the site to respect and benefit from the setting at the edge of Clapton Common.

Central Somers Town Community Facilities

  • 2014 – ongoing
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: London Borough of Camden
  • Project Status: Planning approved
  • Completion: anticipated 2019
  • Contract value: £7 million

Nursery school, Community Play Facility, 10 homes

The project is part of a wider £85 million regeneration of Central Somers Town by Camden Council, and our close collaboration with the other practices involved was a key feature of the project.

Pensthorpe Play Barn

  • 2013 – 2015
  • Location: Pensthorpe, Norfolk
  • Client: Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens
  • Project Status: built
  • Contract value: £1 million
  • Graham Allen Award for Design and
  • Conservation – Winner
  • BLUEPRINT Awards 2015 – Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2016 – Shortlisted

The Play Barn is a reinvention of that well known and much loved / despised type, the indoor play centre. Typically noisy hellholes with no daylight, full of plastic and smelling of urine and burgers, every parent has had to endure one of these at some point. Often they are very useful. The brief then was for adventurous play, close to nature in a place that would be a delight for parents and children. Key requirements were excellent daylight, natural ventilation and controlled sunlight with a visual connection to surrounding nature. The Play Barn Continues the theme of ‘natural play’ – play that allows young children to encounter risk, adventure, contact and appreciation of the natural world – set out in our masterplan for the reserve and already established in our adjacent outdoor play landscape.

Kristiansand Art Gallery

  • 2016
  • Location: Kristiansand Norway
  • Client: Municipality Kristiansand

Competition: Honourable Mention

South Dock Marina

  • 2015 – ongoing
  • Location: Rotherhithe,
  • London Client: London Borough of Southwark
  • Project Status: ongoing

Site regeneration including the retention of a working boatyard, c 200 new homes, a new riverside park, business hub, café and marina facilities.

Pembury Close

  • 2014 – 2015
  • Location: Pembury Estate, London, UK
  • Client: Peabody Trust
  • Project Status: ongoing

13 homes, public realm

Informed by a wider public realm study and extensive consultation, this small block shows that infill can have a wider ameliorative impact and receive consensus support.

The two Pembury estates – from the 1930’s & 1970’s – currently feel very separate due to severances in the landscape and public realm. Careful siting of the building within a public realm and play strategy unifies the open space into a single garden square, with the new building a bright lantern at the centre.

Kendal House

  • 2013 – 2014
  • Location: Kings Cross, London
  • Client: private
  • Project Status: built

The remodelling of a flat in the Priory Green estate designed by Lubetkin.

Seizure Gallery

  • 2012 – 2013
  • Location: Yorkshire Sculpture Park
  • Client: Arts Council Collection
  • Project Status: built
  • Contract value: £148,000
  • RIBA National Award 2014
  • AJ Small Projects Award 2014 – Shortlisted
  • YSP Art Fund Museum of the Year 2014

A new gallery made for one of the most celebrated and distinctive artworks of recent years, ’Seizure’ by Roger Hiorns. The relocation of the work from London to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park involved a fundamental re-invention of the work, requiring intense sensitivity towards the artwork and a close working process with the artist. The work was inevitably redefined in this process, and the architecture is therefore highly nuanced, balancing the primacy of the internal experience of the work with the history evident in its new object status. A condition of instability is achieved by the siting of the gallery on the threshold between public park and service yard.

The new gallery also required a sensitive response to its setting amongst a rich ensemble of historic buildings, gardens and landscape. At the same time the artwork imposed very particular conservation requirements – the mass of copper sulphate crystals requires precise environmental conditions for its long term stability.

The design reconciles these complex needs using the historical precedents of grotto, folly and cave. A robust contemporary interpretation of these precedents draws on agricultural and industrial building techniques, used with refinement and grace. The required free ventilation is provided by slits between the cladding blocks, creating an ethereal and mysterious atmosphere. Systematic use of bespoke pre-cast elements references the original site but can clearly be dismantled, a key part of the brief.

The visitor sequence has been carefully choreographed to allow adjustment, acclimatisation and preparation for the experience of the artwork.  The visitor experience is one of discovery and revelation.

Green Fuse Exhibition

  • 2012-13
  • Location: Garden Museum, London
  • Client: Dan Pearson Studio
  • Project Status: built

The design of the exhibition looks at how to convey both the delicate sensory qualities of Dan’s work and the complex design process behind them. From a soft warm darkness of humus-brown walls, a set of charred chestnut poles and thick cork flooring suggests the forest floor. A cluster of screens makes a digital pin board showing work in progress –a complex visual narrative of research, precedent, sketch and key detail. Dan’s early education is shown through a collection of physical material – childhood projects, influential books, notebooks and letters shown in a densely packed table display.

The paradox of an artist so profoundly tuned to sense of place working on such a global scale is a new phenomenon and forms the basis for this eclectic use of new and old media. Questioning the simplistic notions of interactive display, the exhibition offers a rich immersive experience in its non-linear intimacy.

Empire Studio Balcony

  • 2012
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Empire Studios
  • Project Status: built
  • Contract value: £15,000

Located in an Edwardian church building in east London, the studio has been used as recording studios, art gallery, and hub work space. The insignia of the Empire complex is a rampant lion. This piece of furniture provides a stair to the mezzanine level (the control room), a viewing balcony and royal box, and storage for 12’’ vinyl records.

Fawe Street

  • 2011
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: private
  • Project Status: built

The re-modelling of a double height loft apartment in East London for an artist client. A set of formal axes and enfilade rooms were established based on the powerful grid of the host building, to establish clarity and exploit the rich changing light conditions. Restrained but evident detailing is counterpointed with a relaxed expression of raw materiality and eclectic furnishing.

Brockholes Visitor Centre

  • 2008 – 2012
  • Location: Preston, UK
  • Client: Lancashire Wildlife Trust Project
  • Status: built
  • Contract value: £6.25 million
  • Size: Pontoon 2,795 m², internal area 1,400 m²
  • Stirling Prize mid-list 2012
  • RIBA National Award 2012
  • Civic Trust Award 2012
  • Civic Trust Special Award for Sustainability 2012
  • Wood Awards 2011 – Winner
  • BREEAM  ‘Outstanding’

Adam Khan Architects were lead consultants for the new visitor centre and associated landscape on the 67-hectare nature reserve. The buildings and open spaces form a village-like cluster, floating on a large pontoon. As well as giving unlimited flood protection, this brings the visitor into the magical territory amongst the reeds at the water’s edge.

Whilst the reserve is in one sense artificial – a created ‘taster set’ of landscapes – the design is experienced as highly natural, and even to some ‘timeless’. We are interested in architecture that establishes an emotional connection with the user and also articulates deeply held collective myths.

New Horizon Youth Centre

  • 2007 – 2012
  • Location: Somers Town, London
  • Client: New Horizon Youth Centre
  • Project Status: built
  • Contract value: £1.1 million
  • Competition 1st Prize
  • RIBA National Award Winner 2010
  • Civic Trust Awards 2012 Commendation

Adam Khan Architects were lead consultant for the refurbishment and extension of an established day centre for young homeless people.

Empire Gallery

  • 2007
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Empire Gallery
  • Project Status: built

Stockholm City Library

  • 2006
  • Location: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Client: The City of Stockholm
  • Project Status: Competition

Exhibition: Social Housing – Definitions & Design Exemplars


Karakusevic Carson Architects’ Social Housing – Definitions & Design Exemplars features Ellebo Garden Room, Copenhagen and Tower Court, Hackney.

Across the UK and Europe a new generation of practices are transforming public housing. Responding to continued high demand, new funding methods and a reinvigorated public sector, architects are re-addressing how homes are delivered at larger scales, piloting new methods to achieve new high standards of design.

Based on a new publication produced in collaboration with RIBA Publishing, this exhibition captures some of the best and most innovative examples of social housing at a critical juncture for the sector. Drawing together 24 case studies by 20 practices from eight European countries, it looks at a range of typologies, emerging design approaches and refurbishment strategies. Together they offer a challenge to housing professionals to rethink how we build and highlight the vital role of public and low cost housing in the life of our cities.

Date: 18.04.2017 – 28.05.2017
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00, Tuesday 10:00 – 20:00
Location: The Practice Space, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Tickets available here.
More information here.

Play Barn shortlisted for RIBA East award


Pensthorpe Play Barn, Norfolk, is one of 31 buildings shortlisted for a RIBA East award.

The winning submissions will be announced on 18 May at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Play Barn wins RIDBA award


The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association (RIDBA) has selected the Play Barn as the recipient of their award in the recreation and leisure category.

Formerly known as the Farming and Agricultural Buildings Awards (FAB Awards), the award recognises innovation and excellence in the industrial and agricultural building industry.

“This new indoor playground has been recognised for its excellent attention to detail and dedicated craftsmanship. It is set in a wildlife centre and, as such, is inspired by vernacular agricultural buildings and enhances the rural setting. The environmental qualities are abundant with excellent daylight, natural ventilation, controlled sunlight and fitted with high thermal insulation. The judges also noted the use of rainwater to help water the surrounding plants. This project has been built to inspire children and to teach them to care for the environment, as well as having pleasing aesthetics to fit into the surrounding environment.”

Jerry van Veldhuizen, Associate


Jerry van Veldhuizen is now an Associate. He is currently leading two London regeneration projects – Vaughan Road, Harrow and Marian Court, Hackney.

Tower Court wins planning approval

AKA_MUF_Tower Court_Figure Ground Plan

Designed in collaboration with muf architecture/art, Tower Court is part of Hackney’s Estate Regeneration Programme and will be delivered directly by the Council. It will offer 132 high-quality, modern homes for social rent, shared ownership and outright sale, and a new ambulance depot.

Anticipated completion date is 2020.

Adam Khan Architects’ Play Barn nominated for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award


The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has selected Pensthorpe Play Barn, Fakenham as a nominee for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

The prize is awarded biennially, and the Play Barn is named among 19 UK schemes. This is the second project by Adam Khan Architects to be nominated for the prize. Brockholes Visitor Centre was nominated and shortlisted in 2013.

For more details on the nomination, visit here.

Shortlist to be announced later in January 2017.

Book launch: Reminiscence

Crown Hotel spread

Reminiscence, which features an article by Adam Khan, is launching on 17 December in Munich.

Edited by Benedict Esche & Benedikt Hartl and published by Edition Architektur, it offers a collection of more than 100 international architects looking back and reminiscing about a particular building.

Date: 17.12.2016
Time: 12:00
Location: Architekturgalerie München, Türkenstrasse 30

Further details on the launch can be found here.

Flipping through the book.

Ten Years of Adam Khan Architects


Adam Khan Architects is ten.
Thank you for coming to celebrate with us.
Website takeover & associated print by Fraser Muggerige studio.

Adam Khan @ RA for ‘Future Estates’

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Adam Khan is a speaker at ‘Future Estates’ at the Royal Academy.

“Following a previous debate exploring the changing status of Britain’s post-war housing estates, this event looks at estate regeneration and the range of alternatives that exist to the growing threat of demolition.”

Date: 28.11.2016
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Location: Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

Other speakers include:

Geraldine Dening – Architect and founder, Architects for Social Housing
John Lewis – Executive Director Thamesmead, Peabody
Oliver Wainwright – Architecture critic, The Guardian (chair)
Sarah Wigglesworth – Architect, director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

More details here.

Adam Khan Architects in Baumeister

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Following a studio visit in September 2016, the November issue of Baumeister features a profile of Adam Khan, founding director of Adam Khan Architects.

Words: Erik Wegerhoff
Photography: David Grandorge, Lewis Khan, Ioana Marinescu & Ed Tyler


Adam Khan Architects was formed in 2006 and has rapidly established a reputation for built work of sensitivity, elegance and refinement which addresses key issues of our time – social inclusion, sustainability and the vitality of public space. This is based on careful study of context, collaborative working methods and an active process of client and user engagement, underpinned by a commitment to the social potential of architecture.

We work with a diverse portfolio of private, public and third sector clients, at a wide range of scale- landscape, city, building and room- enjoying the cross-fertilisation that this allows. Our strategies for renewal typically include both renovation and new building, looking to exploit the latent potential in any found condition.

Across the projects there is a commitment to achieving beauty and sociability, and to finding this through a process of collaboration and engagement across disciplines and social boundaries – our approach and working methods are open and inclusive. This has allowed the delivery of complex projects ranging from high-performance sustainable buildings to community renewal projects bringing together diverse stakeholders and user groups.

We are highly experienced at Contract Administration with an excellent record on delivery – complex projects delivered on time and budget. We pursue delight and sensual pleasure in buildings with the same rigour that we bring to sustainability and cost control. Our clients value our high level of service, and our realism combined with imagination. We enjoy working in a collaborative way and see constraints as a vital and useful spur to good design. We work in a way that is fast, flexible, and creative.

Completed projects have been widely acclaimed and extensively published with awards including RIBA Awards in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and the Civic Trust Awards ‘Special Award for Sustainability’. Adam Khan Architects were winners of the ‘Architect of the Year’ for Public Buildings in 2012.

The practice carries Public Indemnity Insurance, is registered with the Architects Registration Board and is a RIBA Chartered Practice.


Arts Council Collection
Empire Gallery
Garden Museum
GX Gallery
Hannah Barry Gallery
KAB, Copenhagen
Knight Dragon
Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Le Fraysse Mairie, France
London Borough of Bexley
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Hackney
London Borough of Harrow
London Borough of Southwark
Lydney Park Estate
New Horizon Youth Centre
Moca Gallery
Dan Pearson
Lorraine Rutt
Peabody Trust
Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens
Sevenhills Estates
Roy Voss
The Arbour Centre
Yorkshire Sculpture Park


  • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –Mies van der Rohe Award 2017, Nominated (Pensthorpe Play Barn)
  • Graham Allen Award for Conservation and Design 2016, Winner (Pensthorpe Play Barn)
  • RIBA Awards 2016, Shortlisted (Pensthorpe Play Barn)
  • RIBA National Award 2014, Winner  (Seizure Gallery)
  • MIPIM AR Future Award 2014, Highly Commended (Ellebo Garden Room)
  • Nordic Built Challenge 2013, Winner (Ellebo Garden Room)
  • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 – Nominated (Ellebo Garden Room)
  • Architect of the Year Award 2012: Public Buildings Category, Winner
  • RIBA National Award 2012, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • RIBA Regional Conservation Award 2012, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Civic Trust Special Award 2012: Sustainability, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Civic Trust Awards 2012, Commendation (New Horizon Youth Centre)
  • Civic Trust 2012, Commendation (New Horizon Youth Centre)
  • RICS Awards North West 2012: Project of the Year, Leisure and Tourism, Design and Innovation, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards 2012: Best Sustainable Project, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Greenbuild Awards 2012: Leisure buildings, Shortlisted (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Building Awards 2012: Sustainability Project of the Year, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment 2012: Architectural Design Excellence, Bronze (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Sustain’ Award 2012: Architecture and Design category, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • North West Regional Construction Awards 2012: Sustainability, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • Wood Awards 2011:Commercial and Public Access Category, Winner (Brockholes Visitor Centre)
  • RIBA Awards 2010, Winner (New Horizon Youth Centre)



  • Erik Wegerhoff, ‘Flirt mit dem Historischen’, Baumeister (November 2016, issue B11): pp. 8-12
  • Pamela Buxton, ‘La Tourette’ in 50 Architects 50 Buildings: The Buildings That Inspire Architects, London: Batsford, May 2016. pp. 150-153
  • ‘Crown Hotel’ in Reminiscence, Munich: EA – Edition Architektur, 2016. pp. 257-258
  • ‘More not less!’ in Building Upon Building, ed. J. Engels & M. Grootveld, Amsterdam: Nai010 publishers, pp. 86–88
  • New Architects 3: Britain’s’ best emerging practices, London: Merrell publishers, pp. 26-31
  • ‘Play for Today’, Wallpaper* (January 2016, issue 202): pp. 61-62
  • ‘Mellemstore Faellesskaber’, Arkitekten (May 2016, volume 118.) pp. 26-31


  • ‘Visionary Retrofitting of Social Housing’ in 30 Sustainable Nordic Buildings, Oslo: Nordic Innovation, pp. 6-11
  • ‘Urban Blocks’ in Book of Copies V, San Rocco, 2015. Unnumbered
  • ‘Emerging Architects: interview with Adam Khan’, The Architectural Review (September 2015, issue 1423): p. 29
  • ‘Ellebo’, Domus (June 2015, issue 992): pp. 40-43
  • ‘Ellebo Garden Room’, Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe (issued with Architects Journal, June 2015): pp. 30-33


  • ‘AJ Small Projects: Seizure Gallery’, Architects Journal (14 February 2014, No. 6 Vol. 239): pp. 56-57
  • ‘New landscapes of wooden architecture’, A+U (May 2014, issue 524): pp. 108-119
  • ‘Reassessing local identity’, C3 (2014, issue 362): pp. 44-55
  • ‘Ny Orden’, Arkitekten (January 2014, issue 116): pp. 28-33
  • ‘Espaces de Travail’, D’a Interieurs (October 2014): pp. 67-77


  • ‘Extending dwellings out into the courtyard using galleries’, A+T – Reclaim domestic actions 2 (Autumn 2013): pp. 56-59
  • ‘Life Class – Adam Khan’, BD Online (18 October 2013, issue 2081): p. 20
  • ‘Brockholes Visitor Centre’, Domus Green (September 2013, issue 972): pp. 32-39
  • ‘Office Affair; Octopus installation by Adam Khan and AHEC’, Wallpaper* Handmade (August 2013, issue 173): pp. 85-86
  • ‘Florian Beigel’s ARU Central House’ Architecture Today (January 2013, issue 234): pp. 46-51


  • ‘Surface Detail’, Port Magazine (Winter 2012): pp. 104-111
  • ‘Empire Balcony’, Building Design (24 August 2012, issue 2026):
    pp. 16-17
  • ‘Visitor Centre, Brockholes’ TRADA Magazine (Summer 2012): pp. 10-16
  • ‘Pouillon made public housing with a bit of swagger, showing the opposite of the mean spirited’, Building Design (6 July 2012, issue 2021): pp. 12-15
  • ‘Portiques pour forte pente’, AMC (May 2012, issue 215): pp. 108-110
  • ‘Anspruchsvolle Randfiguren’, Hoch Part Erre (April 2012, issue 4): pp. 32-35
  • ‘Die Romantiker’, Baumeister (February 2012, issue 109): pp. 80-83


  • ‘Brockholes Visitor Centre’, L’architecture d’aujord’hui (Nov/Dec 2011, issue 386): pp. 16-17
  • ‘Full steam ahead’, BD Online (28 October 2011, issue 1987): pp. 10-11
  • ‘Floating Signifier’, Architecture Today (September 2011, Vol. 2011, issue 6): pp. 46-59
  • A Floating World’, Building Design (9 September 2011, issue 1980): pp. 10-15
  • ‘Brockholes Visitor Centre – consumption, landscape, infrastructure’, Quaderns (August 2011, issue 262): pp. 14-17


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