Tonkin Liu

Tonkin Liu is an award-winning architecture studio with a highly acclaimed portfolio of radical houses, large-scale public sculptures and regenerative urban landscapes.

Established in 2002 by Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the practice is proud to have won over 60 design awards, including 10 RIBA awards, which recognise ‘the best architecture in the UK and around the world’. In 2017, Tonkin Liu was named as one of nine RIBA Practice Role Models.

Recent projects include Ness Point house, built high on the white cliffs of Dover, shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA House of the Year prize and featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs; Promenade of Light, the instantly-recognisable urban regeneration
of Old Street; and Solar Gate in Hull, a 10m-tall sundial sculpture which uses solar alignment to mark significant times and dates in local history, and was built for Hull City of Culture 2017.

The practice aims to bring people closer to nature. Each project engages with nature through a
refined set of principles ranging from biomimicry, storytelling, adaptability, economy, and
integration with elements that nature gives generously for free: wind, rain, sun, shadows,