London architects move to St Ives

Estelle Doughty and Rex Henry
Estelle Doughty and Rex Henry

A London architecture firm is pushing boundaries in Cornwall with its combination of contemporary design and appreciation of the special local context.

architecture and relocated to the county from the capital when its partners Estelle Doughty and Rex Henry were inspired by its modernist artistic community, its ancient history, the local materials, and the potential of combining these with modern methods of construction, technology and design.

Since the move, the St Ives-based firm has been engaged with a number of local projects as well as initiating its own developments, including the conversion of a former Newlyn fish store into state-of-the-art homes.

Partner Estelle Doughty said: “Cornwall has so much to offer a design-led architecture practice like ours. We’re very much inspired by the landscape and light of West Cornwall, the evident use of local materials and how people and places are fused together.”

The company’s first self-initiated development, Tolcarne Stores in Newlyn, was completed towards the end of 2008 with three homes in the former warehouse currently on the market.

Future projects for architecture and include work on a subterranean home in St Ives plus the design and development of a combined-use building in Newlyn to house retail, residential and community units.