Founded formally in 2005 by Nathaniel Kolbe and Lida Charsouli, Superfusionlab is an international architecture studio based in London.
Active in teaching and research, the studio’s approach is nonetheless very hands-on with a firm understanding of craftsmanship even when pushing the boundaries of production through design innovation.
Kolbe and Charsouli share an interest in how surface and materiality inform design. The pair and their team are experienced in innovative modelling techniques and the use of parametric tools but believe that simple solutions offer the best response to complex issues.
Tired of walking, the nomad unrolled his rug to sit upon the hot desert sand. A hard wind began to blow and the sun burned bright above. He lifted the edge of his rug folding it over his head with one arm sheltering himself from the elements. His architecture suddenly appeared.
Superfusionlab’s work has been exhibited widely including at the Royal Academy and the studio has also designed exhibition concepts and interactive experiences for clients, for example, American Express and Kew Gardens in London.
Completed projects consist of apartments, private homes, an eco-resort as well as UK and overseas shops for an international juice bar brand.
PROJECTS ON SITE
We work as a collaborative laboratory, the research materialises in our built work. We have the privilege to work in London, where the front-runners in terms of construction on one hand and theory in academia compete for the limelight. We absorb, interact and filter both to enhance our work.
Lida Vanessa Charsouli
Lida is a London-born Architect, registered in both the UK and in Greece (TEE), and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Following her graduation from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the ETSAB in Barcelona, she continued her studies at the Architectural Association DRL in London earning a Master in Architecture and Urbanism.
She worked for eight years for the offices of Zaha Hadid Architects, Future Systems and Grimshaw London and New York before joining Superfusionlab full-time as a Partner in 2008.
Her projects include the Wolfsburg Science Centre in Germany, the original Marni stores in New York, Paris and Kuwait, fit-outs in Selfridges Birmingham and Selfridges Oxford Street and large transport rail and airport projects.
Lida covered the 14th Venice Biennale for magazine Ellinikes Kataskeves as an architectural critic and recently lectured at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
She has been a visiting critic at the Architectural Association and the University of East London for 12 years and a part-time Lecturer at London Metropolitan University in 2009.
Nathaniel is a Director with 17 years in Design and Construction. Following his graduation from the University of Colorado and an MArch in Architecture and Urbanism at the AA, he worked in London before establishing Superfusionlab. He has worked on a series of projects that include the 600m tall TV and Sightseeing Tower in Guangzhou, China, the Louis Vuitton pavilion in Tokyo, and various residences in London including furniture. His interests lie in material processes and construction techniques.
Nathaniel is a committed educator, Unit Master at the Architectural Association (AA) in London for 8 years, Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader at London Metropolitan University in the Post-Graduate School for the last 6 years. Nate is recipient of the RIBA Silver Medal for teaching in 2012, the RIBA Bronze Medal in 2003 and the SOM Tutor Award in 2006.
Since 2001 he has been a guest lecturer in the Landscape and Urbanism course at the AA, the Royal College of Art, University of Belgrade, University of Cambridge, Nottingham University, University of Creative Arts Canterbury, University of East London, University of Nebraska and University of Pennsylvania to name a few.
He taught at the Architectural Association Visiting School in Sydney in both 2011 and 2012 and in Brighton University in 2012-13.
Team: Past & Present
Maria Carmen Gonzalez
Antonia Garcia Lopez
In Sub Lee
Superfusionlab team did a great job with our shop, it looks effortlessly cool!
Evan Richards / Retail Client
Superfusionlab are great designers with an experienced team. We were very happy with the collaboration.
Peter Bird / Estate Agent
'Superfusionlab team is hard-working, friendly and creative. They took our project through all the phases of design and construction and we ended up with a stunning house.'
Donna Williams / Residential Client