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Data centres, the architect and the city

In this video, Carole Netzer, the director of the Hyphen office in Paris, and Hichem Djebali, the data centre manager, discuss their roles in developing the data centre market and team in Paris. Carole and Hichem emphasise the increasing impact of data centres on city architecture and the need for […]
  1. Hyphen director discusses data centre design with DCD

    Matías Menichetti
    September 20, 2023
    Matias Menichetti, Hyphen director in Chile, discusses data centre design in a new interview with Data Centre Dynamics. An expert on the Latin American region, Matias talks about the emerging trends for the sector, the role of the architect, and sustainable approaches to data centre design. Read the full interview […]
  2. New opportunities in new locations for Paris team

    Carole Netzer,
    Xavier Manera
    July 18, 2023
    It’s exciting times for our team in France, with two reasons to celebrate! To accommodate our growing team, we’ve moved to new premises in Paris, and to consolidate our experience in the south and its opportunities, we’ve established a permanent presence in Marseille. Our Paris team has moved to the […]
  3. Detail matters: balancing functionality and heritage

    April 4, 2023
    In architecture, details matter. Attention to detail is at the heart of what we do, from building materials and energy efficiency to strong collaborations with colleagues, clients and local authorities. Details are especially important in retrofitting projects, where heritage buildings are given a new lease of life, balancing historical significance […]
  4. Hyphen discusses development across borders at WA100 Live

    February 8, 2023
    We were delighted to take part in this year’s World Architecture 100 Live webinar, with our director in Latin America, Matías Menichetti, discussing development across borders with fellow industry experts. Following our inclusion in Building Design’s prestigious WA100 list of the world’s largest architectural practices, and its top 10 firms […]
  5. The project that took me halfway across the world to Fiji

    Grace Spencer
    November 3, 2022
    In August, I travelled to Fiji to help build a cafe run by the local community of Urata village. The eight-week project was split into two parts, and I joined on the second part. The cafe was funded by the Rotary Club of Savusavu, who received a Covid recovery fund from the US embassy. The […]
  6. London: we celebrate 25 years in the UK capital

    Eddie Miles
    July 11, 2022
    We celebrated Hyphen London’s 25th anniversary in Southwark which was appropriate as we actually opened our embryonic office in the capital very close to the party venue in Blackfriars Road. In 1997 our business (then known as Househam Henderson) was located in Winchester and Berlin only and we would never […]
  7. Data centres: architects and the early stages

    Matías Menichetti
    May 25, 2022
    We’re often asked at what stage the architect begins working on a data centre project. We spoke to Hyphen director, Matías Menichetti, to find out more… We find that clients come to us when they’re considering moving into a new region. We are seeing more and more requests now for […]
  8. Data centres: why should architects work in this sector?

    Victoria Ruiz Del Portal Urraca,
    Matías Menichetti,
    Ricardo Pariente Villasur,
    Bill Cross
    March 23, 2022
    Architects play an essential role in the development of data centres. Usually led by MEP engineers, with a strong emphasis on functionality, data centres are evolving, and architects will be needed more and more in this multidisciplinary sector. These structures are becoming an increasing part of our urban landscapes and […]
  9. Hyphen architects interviewed for Inside Data Centre Podcast

    Matías Menichetti,
    Ricardo Pariente Villasur
    March 23, 2022
    Hyphen architects Ricardo Pariente and Matías Menichetti discuss data centres in the context of the Spanish and Latin American markets in this week’s Inside Data Centre Podcast, hosted by Andy Davis. Ricardo and Matías talk about how we have worked on data centres since the 1990s and why architects play […]
  10. Chile: Santiago team grows alongside booming Latin American markets

    Matías Menichetti
    March 23, 2022
    Hyphen’s Santiago de Chile team is now bigger than ever and is set to grow even further in the coming months. Starting the year in a new larger premises, the team are expanding in response to rapid regional growth in the data centre and retail sectors.   Foundations in Latin […]
  11. Reimagining retail guidance

    Lucy Dewick-Tew,
    Eddie Miles
    March 23, 2022
    Our CEO, Eddie Miles, and architect and associate, Lucy Dewick-Tew, had the great privilege of updating the retail chapter in the latest edition of the Metric Handbook. In its seventh edition, this is the go-to-guide for architects, designers and aspiring students. We spoke to Eddie and Lucy to find out more…   […]
  12. BIM and the pandemic: two years on

    Ronnie Lammerts van Bueren
    March 23, 2022
    January 24, 2020 was the date when the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Europe. Just over two years on and its significance is obvious, as is the pandemic that followed and what this has meant to our daily lives. This has, of course, effected the way we work – […]
  13. Hyphen featured in Capacity magazine

    Matías Menichetti
    September 6, 2021
    Matías Menichetti, Hyphen’s Office Head in Santiago, has contributed to an article in the latest issue of Capacity magazine. In an article on earthquake protection in data centre construction, Matías talks about his own experience as an architect in seismically active Chile. The South American country is the site of the […]
  14. A fresh approach to the retail experience

    Eddie Miles
    September 3, 2021
    Londoners can now enjoy checkout-free grocery shopping in one of five Amazon Fresh stores. Amazon’s ‘just walk out’ concept had just been launched when I was completing my book, Contemporary Retail Design – A Store Planner’s Handbook. I was excited to see this for myself, so visited the Canary Wharf […]
  15. Omorovicza: taking inspiration straight from the source

    June 18, 2021
    Omorovicza recently opened the doors to its new home in Budapest. Inspired by the lines, colours and heritage of the renowned Rácz Furdo bath, this stunning project in the heart of Andrássy Avenue is the epitome of relaxation and sophistication. We interviewed directors at Hyphen, Wayne Taylor and Alan Cheyne, […]
  16. Chile: Latin America’s up-and-coming cloud region

    Matías Menichetti
    June 11, 2021
    Chile is the regional hub for some of the biggest names in the data centre industry and over the last year, we’ve provided tailored architectural services for cloud providers and operators across Latin America. But why are we seeing so much growth in this market and what role do we […]
  17. Flexible working: a natural step forward

    Sarah Fox
    May 14, 2021
    It really does feel as if the UK government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ is going to plan, which, after the year we have had is a wonderfully positive feeling! All of the signs point to being able to return to our ‘normal’ lives with the confidence that we are survivors […]
  18. Lockdown: One year on

    Eddie Miles
    March 23, 2021
    March 16th one year ago was the last time we sat together with our colleagues in the offices of Winchester and London. We’d already seen other Hyphen offices closing their doors, starting with Milan which experienced the first effects of the pandemic. On that day in March, the UK government […]
  19. Milan: One year after lockdown

    Giacomo Spinelli
    March 9, 2021
    Exactly a year ago today, Italy became the first European country to enter a nationwide lockdown, in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. – One year on, Office Head in Milan, Giacomo Spinelli, takes a closer look at the impact that the pandemic has had on the […]
  20. Permitting in Chile

    Matías Menichetti
    March 5, 2021
    Following the recent addition of Latin America to our international insights map, we interviewed Office Head, Matías Menichetti, about his experience of permitting in Chile. Q: How does permitting in Chile compare with the rest of Latin America? A: In Latin America, construction permits are split into two categories depending […]
  21. Permitting in Ireland

    Georgina Mullen
    February 19, 2021
    Following the launch of our new office in Dublin, we interviewed Architect and Associate, Georgina Mullen, about her experience of permitting in Ireland… Q: How does permitting in Ireland compare with the UK? A: Like in the UK, permitting in Ireland is split into two key parts: planning and building […]
  22. What is the ‘hub and spoke’ model and why is it so popular?

    November 20, 2020
    As IWG’s Spaces announces its new strategic partnership with EY Norway, we interviewed Hyphen’s workspace specialists Wayne Taylor and Matías Menichetti to find out more about the ‘hub and spoke’ model and what this means for the future of office design… – What do we mean by ‘hub and spoke’? […]
  23. Can you walk in someone else’s shoes?

    Sarah Fox
    November 12, 2020
    On World Quality Day, Hyphen’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Fox, takes a closer look at what underpins client value and how this can be enhanced by simply taking a walk in their shoes… When Covid19 threw our world into disarray earlier this year, the natural and immediate instinct for many […]
  24. Permitting challenges for data centres across Europe

    Tony Luck
    November 11, 2020
    As he attends DCD Europe’s virtual conference, Hyphen’s director and data centre specialist, Tony Luck, shares his insights into local planning regulations and how these vary depending on location. – With a network of offices across Europe and Latin America, Hyphen has obtained over 100 permits for data centre projects […]
  25. 20 ans à Paris

    Xavier Manera
    November 6, 2020
    Alors que nous célébrons les 20 ans de l’ouverture de notre agence parisienne, nous avons recueilli auprès du directeur, Xavier Manera, ses meilleurs souvenirs, ses projets notables mais aussi ce qu’impliquait de démarrer seul une activité… Pourquoi Hyphen décidait d’ouvrir un bureau à Paris? Plusieurs facteurs ont influencé la décision […]
  26. Can BIM rescue a project?

    Tony Luck
    October 13, 2020
    We’re proud to be supporting homeless charity, Trinity Winchester with its ‘Under One Roof’ project, providing on-site accommodation for people who are sleeping rough. Yesterday, I attended the groundbreaking event and was delighted to see Hyphen’s design for a new residential wing beginning to be built. This new residential wing includes […]
  27. Atlético Madrid: An experience like no other…

    Pablo Herráiz de la Fuente
    September 4, 2020
    When Atlético Madrid revealed their slogan ‘Another Way of Living’ at the beginning of this year, we couldn’t have imagined how apt this would be as a slogan for 2020 – not only for Atlético supporters such as myself, but for people everywhere. The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound […]
  28. Chile: Latin America’s new digital hub?

    Matías Menichetti
    August 20, 2020
    The coronavirus started to significantly affect us in Chile around two weeks after it forced the closure of our offices in Europe. As One Hyphen, our teams have experience working together from opposite sides of the world however, whilst working from home we quickly discovered that the connectivity we’d previously […]
  29. Too early to call time on the mall?

    Eddie Miles
    August 14, 2020
    Last month, work took me to a dozen malls to undertake visits to stores on behalf of a client. Seeing a variety of malls, in a number of countries, over a short span of time offered a useful insight into the current state of the mall market. As might be […]
  30. Flexible working: embracing the future, today

    Sarah Fox
    July 28, 2020
    Life might seem very different from how it was at the beginning of the year and there’s more uncertainty to come. With that in mind, it’s vital that we can hold onto the positives that have come out of life in lockdown. Much has been spoken, and written, about how […]
  31. We are wherever you need us to be!

    July 17, 2020
    Last month, Hyphen was commissioned by a client whose brief required us to visit 107 sites across Europe in the space of just two weeks. For this, we mobilised 20 staff from five of our offices and set about organising visits to 12 countries. Some sites were literally within walking […]
  32. Data centre design: it isn’t just about scale, it’s about reach

    Peter Agnew
    July 10, 2020
    Members of our data centre team have been attending the virtual DCD ‘Building at Scale’ conference this week. It has been interesting to see how our experience is reflected in the industry as a whole. The phenomenal growth of the sector that we have seen over the last few years […]
  33. A new era of retail

    Eva Diego García
    July 3, 2020
    Just a few years ago, experts and analysts were predicting that by 2020, online retail would take over physical retail and drive it almost to extinction. Add to this an unforeseen global pandemic and people start to ask the question: is this the end for brick-and-mortar stores? Before the Covid-19 […]
  34. Investment opportunities in Milan

    Giacomo Spinelli
    April 29, 2020
    This week, we were due to meet up with friends and clients at MAPIC Italy and although we all have to wait a little bit longer for this event, opportunities for investment in Milan remain strong. We interviewed our Office Head in Milan, Giacomo Spinelli, to find out more… Over […]
  35. What makes a successful data centre design?

    Peter Agnew
    March 25, 2020
    In this interview, data centre specialist, Peter Agnew, provides further insights into what makes a successful data centre design… A data centre, very simply, is a building designed to house computer servers (rather than people). Those computers have specific environmental requirements, and are required to run continuously, without interruption, no […]
  36. EuroShop on trend

    Eddie Miles
    February 20, 2020
    EuroShop drew to a close today and I now look forward to resting tired feet. As a first timer I was unprepared for the vastness of the expo, spreading as it does over 17 halls. Any visitor counting steps this week should have racked up a good score! The vast […]
  37. We’re still One Hyphen

    Eddie Miles
    January 27, 2020
    On Friday, the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union. It has been a long and to some, a frustrating three and a half years since the referendum narrowly decided for Brexit. It has also been a process that I have followed closely. Firstly, due to Hyphen’s commercial interests but […]
  38. The role of the architect in logistics

    Leo Faoro
    January 17, 2020
    Hyphen has worked in the industrial sector for more than 25 years and is currently delivering projects for some of the logistics industry’s key players across Europe. In this article, Berlin-based director, Leo Faoro, explains our role in this dynamic market… What are the main factors that you need to […]
  39. Flexi-Friday

    Eddie Miles
    January 6, 2020
    On 7th June 2019, Hyphen’s UK offices launched Flexi-Friday. For a trial period between June and December, we closed our Winchester and London offices at 3.00 pm each Friday. This is not a new idea at Hyphen as our Madrid colleagues already enjoy something similar in Spain. So why did […]
  40. In the spirit of the season

    Sarah Fox
    December 12, 2019
    It was a particularly hot August afternoon this year, whilst queuing at the checkout in my local supermarket, that I was forced to listen to a tuneless rendition of “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer” which was being played in the background.  I have to say that in the heat of the […]
  41. Don’t talk about ISO 9001:2015

    Sarah Fox
    November 28, 2019
    As Hyphen marks 25 years since our first quality management registration, I’ve been reflecting on what we’ve learnt and what changes I would like to see in the future… If there is one thing that fills me with trepidation when buying a new product, it’s the instruction manual that comes […]
  42. The new retail mix

    Paula Martínez Vila
    November 27, 2019
    Industry leaders from around the world recently gathered in Cannes for the 25th edition of MAPIC. Last week, our team shared their most interesting finds from the event and following this, we interviewed architect and Madrid-based business development specialist, Paula Martínez Vila, to find out more… Q: What themes stood […]
  43. Retail logistics

    Eva Diego García
    November 19, 2019
    With the continued rapid growth of online retail and consumer expectation of next day delivery, the demand for distribution centres has never been higher. The retail logistics industry is experiencing a time of rapid transformation, so we interviewed director at Hyphen, Eva Diego, to find out more… Q: How has […]
  44. A matter of principle

    Sarah Fox
    October 21, 2019
    Somebody said to me recently that because I have spent over 30 years working with architects, I must be quite knowledgeable about design.  The truth is I know very little about building design, but if I had to describe what successful design is, I’d say that it provides something that […]
  45. Aider les marques à prendre leur envol dans les aéroports

    Xavier Manera
    September 24, 2019
    Nous avons réalisé des projets dans une trentaine d’aéroports dans le monde et dans le cadre de notre présence à la Paris Retail Week, Xavier Manera, directeur d’Hyphen, partage son expérience travel retail au sein des aéroports les plus fréquentés de France.   _ Notre équipe à Paris a un […]
  46. The future of retail: from architects to experience makers

    Eva Diego García
    September 12, 2019
    Consumers have access to more information than ever before and as a result, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for brands to surprise or impress within a traditional brick-and-mortar environment. The rise of IoT (Internet of Things) has disrupted the traditional path to purchase and, in order for brands to survive and […]
  47. The A&F Challenge

    Eddie Miles
    September 6, 2019
    We’ve been working with Abercrombie & Fitch since 2005, when we were appointed as the local architect to support the opening of their first European flagship in London’s Burlington Gardens. In the intervening years, Hyphen’s network of offices across Europe have supported store openings in the Republic of Ireland, Germany […]
  48. Ce que nous avons appris en Amérique latine

    Eva Diego García
    July 11, 2019
    Cinq ans après notre implantation en Amérique latine, notre réseau de clients et de collaborateurs, de même que notre portefeuille de réalisations, s’est considérablement enrichi. Cette semaine, lors de notre participation au salon Expo Real Estate Chili, nous avons l’intention de nous entretenir avec les plus grands innovateurs du secteur […]
  49. Hyphen’s Mini-Triathlon

    Eddie Miles
    July 5, 2019
    On Thursday 4th July, Hyphen’s Winchester and London offices came together to compete in a mini-triathlon to raise funds for two very important charities. Our swimmers raced the clock (and each other) over 500m in the iconic London Aquatics Centre. They then handed over to their cycling team-mates who rode […]
  50. High Street real estate needs to get real, quick!

    Tony Luck
    June 17, 2019
    Following recent headlines about Arcadia, I can’t help but wonder if landlords and developers will finally wake up to the rapidly changing retail landscape and take action to protect our high streets. We are living through the most fundamental change to our High Street since the birth of the retail […]
  51. Concevoir les data centers de demain

    Peter Agnew
    June 6, 2019
    Lors de notre passage au Datacloud Global Congress à Monaco, nous avons interrogé Peter Agnew, spécialiste des data centers chez Hyphen, au sujet de son expérience et de l’avenir de la conception de data centers. Quelles grandes évolutions avez-vous remarquées dans la conception de data center au cours des dernières […]
  52. Pourquoi le secteur commercial mise-t-il sur la restauration ?

    Paula Martínez Vila
    May 17, 2019
    Le secteur de la restauration s’est radicalement transformé au cours des dernières années, que ce soit la taille du marché, la diversité et la qualité de l’offre. À l’heure où les loyers sont à la hausse en Europe, les espaces autrefois dominés par les enseignes de mode sont désormais occupés […]
  53. D’une offre de produits à une offre de services : découvrez la plus grande boutique Lush au monde !

    Lucy Dewick-Tew
    May 3, 2019
    Le 15 mars 2019, nous avons fêté l’ouverture du plus grand magasin et spa Lush du monde. La preuve : il pourrait contenir pas moins de neuf millions de Bombes de bain  ! Après la réalisation de plus de 40 projets Lush à travers le monde, celui-ci a constitué un défi de taille. Réparti […]
  54. Ship shape: extraordinary finds

    Alan Cheyne
    April 26, 2019
    Hyphen has a long track record delivering projects in conservation areas, from Rag&Bone in Westminster to Kate Spade in Glasgow. Many of these historic buildings include features such as decorative cornicing and glazed tiles that give a nod to their past. However, when we redeveloped a handful of properties in the […]
  55. Bienvenue au club ?

    Wayne Taylor
    April 12, 2019
    Après avoir conçu plusieurs bureaux de co-working, un membre de notre équipe s’est posé la question suivante : serait-il envisageable pour Hyphen de s’installer dans un espace de co-working ? La question est sérieuse pour plusieurs raisons. Premièrement, parce que nous commençons à nous sentir un peu à l’étroit dans notre bureau […]
  56. Speeding up the permitting process in Italy

    Giacomo Spinelli
    April 5, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Milan-based director, Giacomo Spinelli, about his experience of permitting in Italy… Q: How does Milan compare with the rest of Italy? A: Compared to larger cities in Italy (such as Rome, Naples and Ravenna), it’s easier because things tend to […]
  57. Making a quality meal

    Sarah Fox
    April 4, 2019
    If I am deciding on a menu choice, I am unlikely to choose soup. I can’t really understand why somebody would take some lovely fresh ingredients, boil them together in one saucepan, then liquidise the life out of them.  The end result is invariably non-descript in colour, unpleasant in consistency […]
  58. Blending the old with the new in Spain

    Ricardo Pariente Villasur
    March 28, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Madrid-based director, Ricardo Pariente Villasur, about his experience of permitting in Spain… Q: How does Madrid compare with the rest of Spain? A: In Madrid, we apply for permits online by filling out a ‘Declaración Responsible’ (Statement of Compliance). Although […]
  59. Is the UK permitting system the best suited to developers?

    Alan Cheyne
    March 18, 2019
    Following the launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Alan Cheyne, a director at Hyphen, about his experience of permitting in London… Q: How does London compare with the rest of England? A: Quality varies across the boroughs but in the areas we are most active such as Westminster, City […]
  60. Permit tips and tricks for Germany

    Olaf Gröger
    March 7, 2019
    Following the recent launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Olaf Gröger, a director at Hyphen based in Berlin, about his experience of permitting in Germany… Q: How does Berlin compare with the rest of Germany?  A: In principle, permitting is 95% the same everywhere in Germany. Variations arise when […]
  61. Permitting in Paris

    Carole Netzer
    March 1, 2019
    Following the recent launch of our international insights map, we interviewed Carole Netzer, a director at Hyphen, about her experience of permitting in her home city of Paris… Q: How does Paris compare with the rest of France?  A: When applying for permits, Paris shares the same timeline and conditions […]
  62. What do international brands ask us every week?

    Eddie Miles
    February 25, 2019
    Through our network of seven Hyphen offices we cover a lot of ground – literally. Hyphen’s track record as architects across Europe is substantial and our clients rely on our knowledge of local code and custom when planning their projects. Uppermost in their mind is the matter of construction permitting […]
  63. Cooler underground, warmer homes

    Eddie Miles
    February 15, 2019
    Anyone who has visited our London office recently will have been struck by the huge amounts of construction being carried out in our neighbourhood. Much of this comprises new social housing on the old primary school site and over-looked by the dominant 150m residential tower of City Forum by Foster […]
  64. Today is Hyphen Day!

    Eddie Miles
    October 16, 2018
    Today is the first anniversary of our re-launch as Hyphen and we’re celebrating across all our offices with our first Hyphen Day! By way of a small birthday gift we had our brilliant friends at Another Studio make us these exquisite bookmarks that show the local landmarks of all seven […]
  65. Farewell Audi City

    Eddie Miles
    October 2, 2018
    Walking down Piccadilly yesterday I noticed that works to convert Audi City to a branch of Metro Bank have now started. Having worked on the Audi project in 2012 I got to know Devonshire House well. Whilst this building probably goes unnoticed by busy travellers emerging from Green Park underground […]