Openstudio Architects was founded by Jennifer Beningfield in 2006 and has built a portfolio of projects whose poetic language intensifies a sense of being present. Their tactile designs quietly unfold through the fundamentals of time, light and space. Thoughtful details and carefully selected materials contribute to the sense of place, which is particular to the context and history of each project.
Openstudio is a RIBA Chartered Architecture practice, specialising in the design and delivery of contemporary projects from commercial and residential buildings to furniture and landscape design. In 2017, Jennifer and her team won the international open RIBA Taylor Wimpey 2020 competition to design prototype housing across the UK. Today, the studio is implementing these prototypes – the ‘Infinite House’ – in order to deliver the houses across Taylor Wimpey’s wider standard portfolio of homes.
The studio has a track record of success, having been shortlisted for the NLA New Ideas for Housing competition and the WAN House of the Year award. Previous awards include shortlisting for the Birmingham Centenary Square competition and winning the international Smallest Coolest Apartment of the Year. The practice is currently exhibiting an installation as part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and is featured in Architects’ Houses by Michael Webb, documenting thirty of the best architects’ houses from around the world built in the last ten years.
Over the past ten years, Openstudio have worked successfully with a range of cultural, commercial and residential clients. Their clients understand the dedication and teamwork necessary to build with intelligence and care. They are passionate about the spaces they create and want to achieve distinctive design solutions. Most importantly, they recognize Openstudio’s ability to analyse a brief, maximise potential and add value. An emphasis on the interaction of space, light and materials, and a simplicity that endures over time, results in refined and cohesive work.
Jennifer leads her team in completing new-build and refurbishment schemes across the globe, primarily in the UK and South Africa. Past projects include The Loft House in London, Victoria, the Swartberg House in the Karoo, South Africa, and most recently Westminster Fire Station.