Diploma Unit Two. Architectural Association School of Architecture

Tools for Architecture is a research unit based at the Architectural Association in London formed by a team of MArch AA Diploma students and lead by Space Popular directors Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg.

House Scale

The building stands apart from others due to is geometry, material and colour. However, after observing and animating the building and all the objects inside of it, inhabitants develop the habit of looking at forms in this manner, they might begin to project faces on to the facades on the neighbouring buildings.

library 1

Similar to the caterpillar sofa, the many legs of the chair causes us to think of movement. The chair is able to roll from side to side reminiscent of a crawling insect.


The bookshelf in the object library contains within it several abstract hand held trinkets. Inhabitants are encouraged to pick them up and inspect them.


The caterpillar sofa brings friends together, seeing the worm like structure at such a large scale gives people the feeling of a somewhat whimsical space. Where the objects appear animated and out of scale. The ‘legs’ on the sofa give the impression that at any moment the chair might pick itself up and start moving.