Swartberg House Video Installation

Openstudio has collaborated with cinematographer Tatjana Meirelles to create a multi-screen installation which captures time, light and landscape in the Swartberg House.

The exhibitiom will be run concurrently with the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018 from the 26th May - 25th November


Openstudio attend RIBA launch

Openstudio attended the launch of the RIBA exhibition "Delivering the new urban agenda through competitions" as part of the International Week.

Swartberg House Architectural Record

Architectural Record features the Swartberg House

The Swartberg House has been featured in an artical in the Architectural Record.

Where Architects Stay

Swartberg House published in "Where Architects Stay"

The Swartberg House has been featured in a new book by Swiss publishers Braun on Where Architects Stay.

Taylor Wimpey Openstudio Architects competition winner prototype housing

TW 2020 Competition win

We have won the open RIBA competition to design a new set of prototype houses for Taylor Wimpey.

Westminster Fire Station on

Westminster Fire Station in

News of Westminster Fire Station being given the green light has been featured on

Westminster Fire Station

Westminster Fire Station granted planning consent

Westminster Fire Station in London Victoria for Alchemi Group was granted planning consent at Westminster City Council during Councillor Davis' planning committee.

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Swartberg House article on Dwell

The Swartberg House has been featured on Dwell. The article titled "A Minimalist Retreat at the Edge of South Africa's Karoo Desert" gives an indepth account on the house. 

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The Loft House awarded planning consent

3 Strutton Ground (The Loft House) in London Victoria for Alchemi Group was awarded planning consent at Westminster City Council during Councillor Davis' planning committee. All four councillors were unanimous in agreeing with the planning officer that planning consent should be granted.

Swartberg house on Archdaily

Swartberg House on Archdaily

The Swartberg House has been publish on 

Swartberg house published in wallpaper magazine

Swartberg House in Wallpaper*

The Swartberg House has been published in an article on - Remote lodging: a South African home in sync with nature and locally sourced. 


Taylor Wimpey 2020 RIBA shortlisted competition

OSA shortlisted for Taylor Wimpey 2020 RIBA competition

OSA has been shortlisted for our prototype house in the Taylor Wimpey 2020 RIBA competition.

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Swartberg House published in Metropolis Magazine

Our Great Karoo desert home has been published in a article celebrating passive houses from around the world.

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At home with nature - Toronto Star

Our Swartberg House has been published in Canada's Toronto Star as part of their 'Wow Factor' series.


Openstudio Book at the RIBA Bookshop

The Openstudio Book is available to buy at the RIBA Bookshop!

Openstudio Architects Book

Openstudio Book

Openstudio have launched a new book published by Circa Press. Available to buy at the RIBA & AA bookshops. Alternatively, Email us for a copy. 

NLA insight study

Infinite House Published in NLA's New Ideas For Housing

The Infinite House has been published as part of the New London Architecture New Ideas For Housing insight study.



Swartberg House Published in Visi Magazine

The Swartberg House has been published in South Africa's Visi Architecture Magazine. 


Openstudio on the 'Long list' for the WAN - House of the Year

The Swartberg House has made the long list for the World Architecture News - House of the Year Competition 2015. See our entry here.


Shortlisted: New Ideas for housing competition

Our submission "The Infinite House" has been shortlisted for the NLA New Ideas for housing competition.

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Centenary Square Birmingham City International Design Competition

Openstudio has been selected as a finalist in the international open design competition to redesign Birmingham's Centenary Square.

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Openstudio Architect of the week on Modern House

Openstudio have featured as architect of the week on The Modern House.

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Remodelista The Architects is in: A Passive Solar House for a Family of Stargazers

Jennifer Beningfield talked to Remodelista about the passive solar design of the Swartberg House in the Great Karoo, semidesert region of South Africa.

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Dezeen online article: slot windows offer starry views from Swartberg House

'Swartberg House' was selected for an article in Dezeen. Dezeen


New address

Openstudio has moved to 50 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 7ND

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Remodelista One-room living: A shape-shifting studio apartment in London

'Le Cabinet" was selected for an article of one-room living in Remodelista.


Climb any mountain architectural competition

Jennifer Beningfield was a judge on a Climb Any Mountain competition to select an architect to design a new assisted-living facility for people with mental disabilities in South Africa

Bayswater Townhouse office space

Remodelista Considered Design Awards for the best office space

Openstudio was selected as a finalist in the Remodelista Awards for the best office space for our work in the Bayswater House.

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Remodelista Considered Design Awards for the best children's space

Openstudio was selected as a finalist in this Remodelista competition for the best children's space for our work in the Bayswater House.

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Remodelista The Architect is in: Living in a London Victorian

Jennifer Beningfield participated in an online session to answer questions about the Little Venice Apartment on Remodelista.



Urban Splash
Openstudio entered the competition run by Urban Splash in conjunction with the Architects' Journal. The brief was to design an 'Infobox' which will stand on the city-centre site for eight years, with the possibility of becoming a permanent fixture. Our 'Infocube' was a close rival to the final winner, which was also a three storey cube.


'Green technology is not something that can be bolted on'

Business Green - Amy Sims
Green buildings have emerged as a hot topic in recent weeks [...] But what constitutes a truly green building and why, when they can deliver significant long-term savings in terms of energy cost, does adoption remain so low? To find out, caught up with two of the UK's leading green architects. Read the full interview here.

rethinking boundaries

Rethinking Boundaries: Architecture, Culture and Socio-Political Change in the 21st Century

Jennifer Beningfield was one of four invited speakers, including Jane Rendall, Eyal Weizman, and Teddy Cruz, at this one-day conference at the architecture school at Liverpool University.

The speakers ranged from practising architects, to theorists, working in London, San Diego, Israel and South Africa.

Architecture after apartheid

Architecture After Apartheid: Shaping the Rainbow Nation

Jennifer Beningfield was part of a discussion panel to accompany an exhibition on South African architecture at the RIBA, linked to the publication of a special issue of the Architectural Review.

The exhibition 'Between Ownership and Belonging', investigated post-apartheid design and practice, from new public spaces to private homes.

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Winner - Smallest Coolest Apartments 2007

Apartment Therapy
Smallest Coolest Apartment 2007 - winner for 'Le Cabinet'.
This was an online competition run by the website Apartment Therapy looking at small apartments and homes all over the world less than 60 square metres in size. Judging criteria looked at the efficient and innovative use of a small space, aesthetics as well as creative problem solving. Our project was the unanimous winner.

The frightened land book launch

The Frightened Land book launch

Routledge sponsored a gathering to celebrate the publication of Jennifer Beningfield's ground-breaking work on the South African landscape and architecture. 
Albie Sachs, who wrote the foreword to the book , introduced it at South Africa's Constitutional Court.

Publication of the frightened land

Publication of The frightened land


The publication of The Frightened Land in October 2006 was the culmination of many years of research and work. It offers an original and thoroughly researched investigation into the spatial and cultural meanings that are embedded in the land.

The book is available in hardcover or paperback on order from bookshops or from Amazon.

The politics of making conference

The Politics of Making Conference

Oxford University

Jennifer Beningfield presented research work into contemporary architecture and landscape projects in South Africa.

The conference was held at Oxford University and brought together leading architects and researchers from the UK and abroad over a three day period. Jennifer Beningfield's paper was selected for publication in ARQ, as a result of this conference.

ASC05 architecture congress

ASC05 Architecture Congress

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Jennifer Beningfield was invited to be the opening speaker on the meaning of landscape at this conference at one of South Africa's leading universities.

She was also a judge of work for the Des Baker Award at the same event.

INHA/SAH conference

INHA/SAH Conference

Paris, France

We were part of a group of young architects and performers who presented a session at the conference in Paris, organised by the Society of Architectural Historians.