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December 20th, 2013

CTA win One Off House Architect of the Year

Carl Turner Architects won One Off House Architect of the Year for Slip House at the Architect of Year awards last week. The judges described the project as being the “single most accomplished residence submitted” and have a “highly distintive presence without overbearing the adjoining houses”.

December 20th, 2013

Small: Thoughts and Projects

Small, a practice monograph, develops upon philosophies central to the firm’s work such as a belief in place-making and architecture’s being both process and product. The practice’s concerns encompass the mechanisms or organisations that produce both buildings and the spaces between, and how it can work with and influence them to produce an improved built environment.

December 20th, 2013

Supernature wins RIBA’s Housing Competition

CTA were joint winners together with Metropolitan Workshop with Sir Richard MacCormac, WT Partnership, XC02 and Lee Mallet, for the Housing in the Private Rental Market Ideas Competition, launched by The Wates Group together with the RIBA.

From the Judges: ‘This scheme uses the British gardening obsession to kickstart and maintain a new community, with a clear idea of how this might be facilitated and made to work. The courtyard cluster typologies provide a well resolved take on the requirement for spatial flexibility in a typology which seem eminently suitable for the PRS. A lively and engaging proposal, beautifully presented, which felt plausible for todays PRS market.’

October 3rd, 2013

Slip House wins the Manser Medal and RIBA National Award 2013

Slip House wins this year’s prize for ‘the best house in the UK’. The judges state: ‘Slip House demonstrates an admirable commitment to the creation of an exemplary low-energy house, with a suite of sustainable enhancements that are integrated effectively into the building design. However, at no point do the sustainable ambitions of the project crowd out or dominate the refined quality of the spaces that are created.’

October 3rd, 2013

‘Battersea River Beds’ proposal exhibited now at the Royal Academy

CTA team up with The Edible Bus Stop for the AF’s ‘London As It Could Be Now’ exhibition at the RA.

October 3rd, 2013

Slip House is shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2013

Slip House is one of six projects to be shortlisted for this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize.


June 14th, 2013

AJ Front Cover – Slip House

Slip House features on the front cover of the Architects Journal and makes the longlist for the Stirling Prize.

April 23rd, 2013

Regent Street Windows

Sampling NYC.

CTA were selected to work with American Men’s fashion brand Jack Spade as part of the RIBA Regent Street Windows programme 2013.

We were very taken by the collection of Americana that are housed alongside the for-sale-items in the Jack Spade Store. Our project continues this curatorial approach layering sampled NYC architectural motifs throughout the store.

April 9th, 2013

Outcast Editions: Detail in Contemporary British Architecture: 01 Slip House

Outcast Editions’ single building monographs are designed specially for 
iPad. The books feature commissioned photography and video, a comprehensive selection of architectural drawings, including floor plans, sections, elevations and construction details, as well as a descriptive text and project facts. The books offer a new way to explore and understand contemporary architecture through Outcast Editions’ unique navigation system and interactive contents.

Available to buy now from the App Store £6.99

March 4th, 2013

On the drawing board

A very busy start to the new year. We have commenced concept design for 8 new clients, including a rooftop pavillion in Shoreditch, the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II Listed Coach House at Scadbury Estate and are working with Crumbles Castle in Islington on proposals to provide a new workshop space for this community adventure playground and after school facility.

We are also helping London Orchard Project with their plans to create a new space at Hackney City Farm.

We are also looking forward to taking part in several exhibitions, publishing a book about Slip House and continuing to lecture at several Universities.

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March 4th, 2013

Runner up AYA 2012

After being shortlisted in the inaugural Small Project Architect category, CTA received a Highly Commended, special mention, joint runner up with Simon Conder. This is a highly contested award for a body of work produced by an Architect.

February 26th, 2013

Channel 4′s Grand Designs

Documentary film featured Slip House as part of the latest series of this iconic TV programme.

The film followed the project from inception through construction and is now the home of CTA’s Founding Director Carl Turner and his wife Mary Martin.

The project utilizes numerous fast track, off-site construction techniques and experimental low energy technologies, such as a solar assisted array ground source heat pump, combined with PV-T’s.

February 26th, 2013

NLA Award Winner

Magnificent Container at hackney City farm has won the NLA Don’t Move Improve Award 2011/12 for best small office space.

This project demonstrates what is possible with a budget of £7000, teamwork and community involvement. A repurposed shipping container forms a new home and education room for non-for-profit organisation Magnificent Revolution, constructed largely from found or recycled materials.

February 25th, 2013

Slip House makes WAN Shortlist

Slip House has made the shortlist (last 6) of the prestigious WAN (World) House of the Year 2013 awards. It is the only urban house on the list and we await the outcome with excitement.

The house has been designed to Code for Sustainable Homes level 5, and is an exemplar for brownfield, terraced regeneration. We have developed the concept with Slip Street, showing how this flexible house type can form new streets, squares and pocket parks.

We invite Housing Associations and Developers to explore a simplified version of this affordable terraced housing typology with us.

The house was also part of Open House 2012 and Green Sky Thinking.

January 26th, 2012

Shortlisted AJ Small Projects

Stealth Barn made the shortlist of this highly contested event.

January 1st, 2012


Working in partnership with the British Council and Architecture Foundation, CTA exhibited Home From Home at MUDE, Museum of Design and Fashion, Lisbon, Portugal.


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Carl to talk at RIBA South West, 4th June 2014

Carl will give a talk in Winchester for RIBA South West

An Evening With…Slip House, 3rd April 2014

Organised by Open-City, this evening event will give an exclusive opportunity to tour RIBA Manser Medal winner Slip House. To purchase a ticket, click here.

CTA to visit Shanghai, 24th March 2014

CTA will visit Shanghai for the installation and opening of RIBA Shanghai Windows 2014

‘Thoughts and Projects’ @ University of Liverpool, 6th March 2014

Carl to talk about ‘thoughts and projects’ at the University of Liverpool

‘Inside Out’ at Kingston University, 4th March 2014

Carl to give a talk at Kingston University about the intertwined relationship of the interior and exterior.

Carl to give a talk at Shoreditch House 20th January

Carl talks at Shoreditch House about the future of housing in the UK