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.

The Space-Building Cockpit

Since the proposed space-building tool makes use of a fully immersive three-dimensional environment, it aims to discard the traditional interface of the screen and keyboard, instead opting for a more interactive setup.


A floating “cockpit” follows the user around the space as they build, with a style content-browser placed at the user’s dominant side, and a scale model of the room at the opposite side. Here, the user manipulates their space by placing objects into a scale model, then observing these changes applied in full-size to their room.