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Lessons learnt in LatAm

Scroll down to read in Spanish After five years of operating in Latin America, our network of clients and collaborators has grown considerably and so has our portfolio of projects. This week, we’re attending Expo Real Estate Chile and we’re looking forward to connecting with some of the industry’s top […]
  1. The future of retail: from architects to experience makers

    Eva Diego García
    September 12, 2019
    Consumers have access to more information than ever before and as a result, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for brands to surprise or impress within a traditional brick-and-mortar environment. The rise of IoT (Internet of Things) has disrupted the traditional path to purchase and, in order for brands to survive and […]
  2. The A&F Challenge

    Eddie Miles
    September 6, 2019
    We’ve been working with Abercrombie & Fitch since 2005, when we were appointed as the local architect to support the opening of their first European flagship in London’s Burlington Gardens. In the intervening years, Hyphen’s network of offices across Europe have supported store openings in the Republic of Ireland, Germany […]
  3. Flexi-Friday

    Eddie Miles
    September 6, 2019
    On 7th June, Hyphen’s UK offices launched Flexi-Friday. For a trial period during the summer months, we closed our Winchester and London offices at 3.00 pm each Friday. This is not a new idea at Hyphen as our Madrid colleagues already enjoy something similar in Spain. So why did we […]
  4. Hyphen’s Mini-Triathlon

    Eddie Miles
    July 5, 2019
    On Thursday 4th July, Hyphen’s Winchester and London offices came together to compete in a mini-triathlon to raise funds for two very important charities. Our swimmers raced the clock (and each other) over 500m in the iconic London Aquatics Centre. They then handed over to their cycling team-mates who rode […]
  5. High Street real estate needs to get real, quick!

    Tony Luck
    June 17, 2019
    Following recent headlines about Arcadia, I can’t help but wonder if landlords and developers will finally wake up to the rapidly changing retail landscape and take action to protect our high streets. We are living through the most fundamental change to our High Street since the birth of the retail […]
  6. The future of data centre design

    Peter Agnew
    June 6, 2019
    As he attends Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco, we interviewed Hyphen’s data centre specialist, Peter Agnew about his experience and the future of data centre design. What are the biggest changes in data centre design that you’ve seen in recent years? The biggest change is the scale of the data […]
  7. Why are retail destinations enhancing and enlarging their F&B offering?

    Paula Martínez Vila
    May 17, 2019
    The food and beverage sector (F&B) has changed dramatically in recent years, not only in terms of the size of the market but also in the diversity and quality of offer. As rental prices continue to rise in Europe, spaces that were previously dominated by fashion retailers are now being […]
  8. From product offer to service offer – inside the biggest LUSH ever!

    Lucy Dewick-Tew
    May 3, 2019
    On 15th March 2019, we celebrated the opening of the biggest LUSH shop and spa in the world, so big – you could fill it with more than nine million bath bombs! Having delivered over 40 LUSH projects worldwide, this has been our biggest challenge to date. Spread across 1,380 sqm, […]
  9. Ship shape: extraordinary finds

    Alan Cheyne
    April 26, 2019
    Hyphen has a long track record delivering projects in conservation areas, from Rag&Bone in Westminster to Kate Spade in Glasgow. Many of these historic buildings include features such as decorative cornicing and glazed tiles that give a nod to their past. However, when we redeveloped a handful of properties in the […]
  10. Join the club?

    Wayne Taylor
    April 12, 2019
    Our recent design work on co-working offices led to one team member posing the question: Would Hyphen consider moving into a co-working office? Perhaps this warrants consideration, not only because we are now bursting at the seams in our London office, but also because we are looking to fit out […]
  11. Speeding up the permitting process in Italy

    Giacomo Spinelli
    April 5, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Milan-based director, Giacomo Spinelli, about his experience of permitting in Italy… Q: How does Milan compare with the rest of Italy?A: Compared to larger cities in Italy (such as Rome, Naples and Ravenna), it’s easier because things tend to be […]
  12. Making a quality meal

    Sarah Fox
    April 4, 2019
    If I am deciding on a menu choice, I am unlikely to choose soup. I can’t really understand why somebody would take some lovely fresh ingredients, boil them together in one saucepan, then liquidise the life out of them.  The end result is invariably non-descript in colour, unpleasant in consistency […]
  13. Blending the old with the new in Spain

    Ricardo Pariente Villasur
    March 28, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Madrid-based director, Ricardo Pariente Villasur, about his experience of permitting in Spain… Q: How does Madrid compare with the rest of Spain? A: In Madrid, we apply for permits online by filling out a ‘Declaración Responsible’ (Statement of Compliance). Although […]
  14. Can BIM rescue a project?

    Tony Luck
    March 21, 2019
    Thirteen years ago, we were approached by Trinity Winchester, a charity providing services for homeless people. They were in the process of being evicted from their previous home. Winchester City Council, a very supportive local authority had identified a fantastic site where they could develop a new centre. Substantial funds […]
  15. Is the UK permitting system the best suited to developers?

    Alan Cheyne
    March 18, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Alan Cheyne, a director at Hyphen, about his experience of permitting in London… Q: How does London compare with the rest of England? A: Quality varies across the boroughs but in the areas we are most active such as Westminster, City […]
  16. Permit tips and tricks for Germany

    Olaf Gröger
    March 7, 2019
    Following the recent launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Olaf Gröger, a director at Hyphen based in Berlin, about his experience of permitting in Germany… Q: How does Berlin compare with the rest of Germany?  A: In principle, permitting is 95% the same everywhere in Germany. Variations arise when […]
  17. Permitting in Paris

    Carole Netzer
    March 1, 2019
    Following the recent launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Carole Netzer, a director at Hyphen, about her experience of permitting in her home city of Paris… Q: How does Paris compare with the rest of France?  A: When applying for permits, Paris shares the same timeline and conditions […]
  18. What do international brands ask us every week?

    Eddie Miles
    February 25, 2019
    Through our network of seven Hyphen offices we cover a lot of ground – literally. Hyphen’s track record as architects across Europe is substantial and our clients rely on our knowledge of local code and custom when planning their projects. Uppermost in their mind is the matter of construction permitting […]
  19. Cooler underground, warmer homes

    Eddie Miles
    February 15, 2019
    Anyone who has visited our London office recently will have been struck by the huge amounts of construction being carried out in our neighbourhood. Much of this comprises new social housing on the old primary school site and over-looked by the dominant 150m residential tower of City Forum by Foster […]
  20. Today is Hyphen Day!

    Eddie Miles
    October 16, 2018
    Today is the first anniversary of our re-launch as Hyphen and we’re celebrating across all our offices with our first Hyphen Day! By way of a small birthday gift we had our brilliant friends at Another Studio make us these exquisite bookmarks that show the local landmarks of all seven […]
  21. Farewell Audi City

    Eddie Miles
    October 2, 2018
    Walking down Piccadilly yesterday I noticed that works to convert Audi City to a branch of Metro Bank have now started. Having worked on the Audi project in 2012 I got to know Devonshire House well. Whilst this building probably goes unnoticed by busy travellers emerging from Green Park underground […]