SELECTED PROJECTS:
ART

Liberty London - Arthur was good

RIBA award winning shopfront

PROJECT LOCATION
Liberty, London

PROJECT COMPLETION
March 2016

SERVICES PROVIDED
Narrative Based Exhibition – winner of RIBA Shopfronts 2016.
James was one of the founding members of Architecture Social Club and led the design for this Liberty / RIBA sponsored project. Collaborations still occur between Wignall and Moore and ASC. RIBA Stages 0-7.

This exhibit for Liberty London tells a fictional tale about Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the founder of Liberty London. It was awarded the RIBA best shopfront prize in 2016. The project is formed around a clear narrative that explores the history and importance of the shop to viewers of all ages.

James was the design lead on this project in addition to managing the critical relationship between the project team and the stakeholders in the client organisation. He worked closely with award-winning writer, Eley Williams, to define the concept for the piece.

The Guinness Tasting Rooms

International visitor exhibition design

PROJECT LOCATION
Dublin, Ireland

PROJECT COMPLETION
March 2015

SERVICES PROVIDED
International visitor exhibition design, Dublin brewery.
Definition of brief, scoping and research, development of narrative approach, concept design, design of interpretation signage, graphics and physical interventions, detailed design and co-ordination with fabricators of specials items. RIBA works stages 0-4.

 James Wignall working for Bompas and Parr, led the design of the Guinness tasting rooms – The best place in the world to drink Guinness.

In the first space, The Fountain of Truth, four Flavour Fountains present the key tastes found in a Guinness. These were determined in consultation with Fergal Murray, the Guinness Master Brewer. The Flavour Fountains, which present mysteriously swirling vapours of beer, malt, roasted barley and hops, are world-first technical innovations. This is the first time that powerful humidification equipment has been modified to generate a scented output and run indefinitely.

In the next tasting area, The Velvet Chamber, visitors learn the techniques to drink Guinness correctly. The design language is sensual and luxurious, reinforcing the taste and textural aspects of the beer. The chamber is further decorated with architectural ornaments, artefacts and motifs drawn from around the St. James’s gate brewery. These include the barley grains from Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt, which were excavated in the 1920s and sent to Guinness, the foremost cereals experts, for dating and analysis. This is the first time these grains have been displayed to visitors at the Guinness Storehouse.

Photography by Donal Murphy and Guinness Store House

Concrete Painting No. 2

Sculpture commission with landscape design

PROJECT LOCATION
Ilkley, North Yorkshire

PROJECT COMPLETION
June 2019

SERVICES PROVIDED
Sculpture commission with landscape design. Designed from concept design to fabrication and installation. RIBA Stage 0-7

The painterly approach to the sculpture captures a fantastical sense of excavation, imbuing a sense of mystery and discovery as one descends down the garden towards the structures. This experimental site responsive approach, is typical of the practice which prioritises imaginative solutions that are sensitive to the needs and personalities of their clients.

Working with our ceramicist client, who understood the unpredictable nature of firing and glazing, allowed us to embrace the serendipitous nature of our unique coloured concrete casting process to produce a spectacular series of sculptures.

“Working with Wignall & Moore was an exciting and rewarding experience. My project had been carefully planned and as a team they were thoughtful and reflective throughout. They created a wonderfully collaborative environment and managed their workmen in a calm and respectful way. Their professionalism ensured that my project was delivered on time and to budget and I am delighted with the result.” Azu Fletcher

Orleans House Gallery – Grottofying

Exhibition design with sculpture commission for art gallery and historic building

PROJECT LOCATION
Richmond, London, UK

PROJECT COMPLETION
October 2019

SERVICES PROVIDED
Scoping and research, concept design, detailed co-ordination with head curator, design of narrative strategy, design of graphics, layout and physical interventions, commissioning of site-specific poetry and soundscapes, detailed design and co-ordination with fabricators and co-ordination of installation. RIBA Stage 0-7.

Taking inspiration from Alexander Pope’s grotto, this exhibition distils the experience of a grotto into six essential elements: darkness, water, myths, transformation, nature and artifice. Designed as ‘empirical’ grottos from which experimentation can be launched, the objects in the gallery seek to express Pope’s understanding of the Grotto as ‘natural caves with sacred springs haunted by nymphs’.

For Pope, the grotto was a constant source of inspiration and his conception of how and what a grotto was and should be evolved over time. While the grotto was undoubtedly a place of escape, it was also designed as an immersive crucible for creative thought and work. Pope sought to create the ideal conditions to inspire both poetry and radical political thought and as such the grotto reflects contemporary understandings of what it means to inspire.

Free Play

Shortlisted competition entry for Eastleigh council

PROJECT LOCATION
Eastleigh, Hampshire

PROJECT COMPLETION
Competition 2018

SERVICES PROVIDED
A shortlisted scheme for Eastleigh Council to design a new approach to public playgrounds. Concept design with technical detail and costings. RIBA Stage 0-2.

Public playgrounds are very rarely designed by the users and our proposal offers a safe framework for children to have their adventure-play ideas realised. We used children’s design ideas to guide our proposal for a safe, adventurous play area. We saw our sculptures as a 3D framework for the children’s ideas, celebrating their games, activities and imaginations.

Sculpture

Original works by Wignall & Moore

The studio uses sculpture to test ideas for larger scale proposals, sculptures are often sketches of architectural elements that are woven into projects. James Wignall has shown sculpture at The Royal Academy of Art on numerous occasions and sells limited edition proofs of the works shown.

Prices on application – please visit the bespoke products page of our website for further details of items for sale.

Beam Camp

Educational syllabus based upon ancient myths of flight

PROJECT LOCATION
New Hampshire, USA

PROJECT COMPLETION
July 2011

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design and delivery of educational syllabus based upon ancient myths of flight. Kinetic sculptures and event design. Winning competition entry. RIBA Stages 0-7.

Beam Camp is a residential summer camp that meets for four weeks each summer in New Hampshire. Beam Campers hone their maker skills with hands-on activities throughout the day working on various modules and ‘The Beam Project’.

With this competition win Wignall & Moore were commissioned to design The Beam Project and develop a narrative-based making workshop on the theme of flight. We designed a series of kinetic sculptures and machines which were then built by the campers and flown through the New Hampshire forest in ‘The Final Flight of The Machines’

The Beam Project is the centrepiece of each Beam session. It’s an ongoing demonstration that a good plan, perseverance and a skilful crew can bring the biggest schemes to life. It serves as inspiration for the campers to formulate their own plots, plans and projects. Every summer Beam commissions a different artist or architect as Project Master to conceive each camp’s Project. They design it, the children and staff work together to make it happen.

Flower Bar

Feature bar for bohemian events venue

PROJECT LOCATION
Harewood, North Yorkshire

PROJECT COMPLETION
June 2019

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design and realisation of feature bar for bohemian events venue. RIBA Stage 0-4.

As Dr Johnson observed:
“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn” 

The Flower Bar is part of a new luxury wedding venue at Wharfedale Grange in Yorkshire. Wignall & Moore were commissioned to review the Cart Barn along with designing the exclusive fully-equipped cocktail bar as a centrepiece for the venue.

The wildflower meadow surrounding the venue was a natural starting point for our design. The flowers were picked and pressed between the glass shelves of the bar, creating a wave of wildflowers which embraces those approaching the bar.

The King & The Minotaur

Temporary gallery and performance art venue

PROJECT LOCATION
Kings Cross, London

PROJECT COMPLETION
April 2011

SERVICES PROVIDED
Temporary gallery and performance art venue with feature bar.
Scoping, concept design, technical design and delivery of the gallery space. Curation and events programming. Marketing and sales collaboration with Sipsmith.  Winning Competition Entry (Art Funding from Ideas Tap) RIBA Stages 0-7.

Critical Reviews:
“Ephemeral clouds of fabric have expanded to neatly fit the brick shell of a historic brewer’s barn to form a labyrinth, within which are nestled film and sound installations, live performance, artworks and an approach to edible art to rival upcoming events at the Barbican”

“A mid-spring night’s dream. Cliché as it may be, that is the only way I can describe “The King and The Minotaur”. The fact is, 5 minutes inside and you forget all about London I felt like I was in someone’s cottage, ready to see meadows and lakes when the exit door opened. This was by far one of the most interesting, original and pleasurable experiences I’ve ever had here in London. Or anywhere else, for that matter…”

Within the Labyrinthine Art Gallery, we invited the visitor to engage with a rare piece of architecture that would otherwise be inaccessible to the public. Using a showcase of young, up and coming artists, we wanted to create a space that would be a mysterious, beautiful and unconventional gallery.

Set Design

Design and fabrication of complete sets and one-off props.

PROJECT LOCATION
Various

PROJECT COMPLETION
Various

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design and fabrication of complete sets and one-off props for TV and Film use. RIBA Stages 1-6.

Wignall and Moore have been engaged as set designers and prop builders on multiple films for Furnace and the BBC.
The studio has provided both art direction on set and built installations and functioning props. The stills shown here are taken from ‘Everything & Nothing’ an epic journey from infinity to nothing and back, ‘Secret Life of Chaos’ Winner Best Film: International Science Film Festival 2010 and ‘Order and Disorder’ – the story of energy and information.

St Mary Somerset

Interior and fit out design for Grade I Listed Christopher Wren Tower

PROJECT LOCATION
City of London, UK

PROJECT COMPLETION
Ongoing

SERVICES PROVIDED
Interior and fit out design for Grade I Listed Christopher Wren Tower. Architectural consultants for exterior elements including new Portland stone extension. Gross Internal Area – 200sqm.RIBA Stages 0-7.

St. Mary Somerset was a church in the City of London first recorded in the twelfth century. Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, it was one of the 51 churches rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren. The tower is located in Upper Thames Street, the body of the church being demolished in 1871. The tower was originally marked for demolition but due to the Hawksmoor finials it was retained by the City of London.  

Wignall and Moore are currently working on site directly with the client/contractor to ensure that the designs harmoniously integrate with Wren’s original tower.

Notting Hill Regency House

Architectural and interior design for key heritage building

PROJECT LOCATION
Notting Hill, London

PROJECT COMPLETION
September 2020

SERVICES PROVIDED
Full architectural and interior design services from concept to completion on site. Project and cost management. Planning permission for two extensions to a key heritage building in the Ladbroke Conservation area. 320sqm including extensions, re-modelling and refurbishment. RIBA Stages: 0-7

The Yellow House falls within the early nineteenth-century townscape of the Ladbroke Estate. The historic boundaries of this estate are presently reflected in the extent of the Ladbroke Conservation Area, a designated heritage asset. The site was developed in 1824 as part of the earliest phase of building works within the estate. It was undertaken by Joshua Flesher Hanson, a housebuilder of independent means, also known for the construction of Regency Square in Brighton.

The proposal addresses the rather fragmentary and plain appearance of the rear façade, increasing the habitable space at first and Lower Ground levels whilst restoring the decorative detail and quality of the rear elevation, as well as the general appearance of the terrace row and the interiors throughout. Construction started in spring 2020.

Etching by Celia Lyttelton

Christchurch Tower

Renovation of two key areas within the Grade I listed walls of a Christopher Wren tower

PROJECT LOCATION
St Pauls, London

PROJECT COMPLETION
June 2018

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design and project delivery for the renovation of two key areas within the Grade I listed walls of Christopher Wren’s Christchurch Tower. RIBA Stage 0-7.

The Church was fire bombed and destroyed in World War II but the bell tower and the north wall survived. With this commission Wignall and Moore were conscious of the great significance of the building and its Grade I listing, each design decision was carefully considered to ensure the works were both beautiful and respectful.

Built on the site of a Franciscan monastery, Christchurch “Greyfriars” is a Sir Christopher Wren church built after the devastation of the great fire of 1666. It was said that anyone buried at Greyfriars would get passage past St Peter at the pearly gates no matter what earthly crimes they had committed. Isabella of France (1295 – 22 August 1358), sometimes known as the she-wolf of France, is said to be buried on this site with the heart of King Edward II whom she had murdered with a red-hot poker.

Kensington Mews House

Remodelling of traditional mews house into luxury home

PROJECT LOCATION
Kensington, London, UK

PROJECT COMPLETION
June 2020

SERVICES PROVIDED
Successful planning application for remodelling of traditional mews house into four bed luxury home with interior design.
Briefing and concept design, development of options for client review, planning application in the Kensington conservation area with permission granted. RIBA work stages 0-3.

Wignall & Moore were appointed to document and investigate the existing property, proposing a range of potential development options to our client and ultimately securing a planning permission for the favoured design.

A charming Kensington Mews which lies to the north of Chelsea and south of Notting Hill. The area has been favoured by the British monarchy since the 17th century when William III built Kensington Palace to escape the smoke and dirt of central London. Today the area retains a huge share of London’s green space, with Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park only a few minutes’ walk away.

Sitooterie

Riverside writer’s hut

PROJECT LOCATION
Otley, North Yorkshire

PROJECT COMPLETION
July 2018

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design of riverside writer’s hut from concept design through to completion on site. Main contractor for the works. Project and cost management. RIBA Stage 0-7.

Sitooterie is a Scottish colloquial term meaning “a place in which to sit out”. For this riverside writer’s hut Wignall & Moore were tasked with creating a place a to watch the world swim by, a place to watch the clouds float over, a place to hear the sheep fall in.

Architectural Painting No. 1:
The proposal uses architecture as a canvas, painting a landscape with low carbon coloured concrete. Earthy pigments in the meandering layers of the concrete wall provide texture and colour. The wall acts as a three-dimensional painting, enveloping the chimney breast and staircase, referencing the strata of the river and the undulations of the land. 

Knaresborough Folly

New folly in listed cliff face

PROJECT LOCATION
Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

PROJECT COMPLETION
Ongoing

SERVICES PROVIDED
Design and pre-planning process for sculptural folly to be inserted into listed cliff face overlooking Knaresborough. Geological and measured survey, heritage impact assessment, designed from concept to pre-application. RIBA Stage 0-2.

Arguably the most recognisable view of the beautiful medieval town of Knaresborough, painted by Turner and overlooked by a scheduled ancient monument our site is one of the most complicated and delicate places that we have encountered. Conversations with the council are ongoing.