Patrick and Claudia Lynch

An outspoken and unusually thoughtful architect, Patrick Lynch has quickly risen from carefully crafted and compelling small structures through to large-scale commercial commissions and urban plans in a seemingly seamless transition, without losing any of the passion or intelligence of the earlier work. His extraordinary little house, Marsh View, a brick and timber structure which seems to huddle up against the warmth and certainty of its chimney, was published around the world and his London houses created a refreshing language of the ad-hoc, the found and the particular. Lynch Architects have recently been at work on major schemes, most notably a group of civic-minded commercial and cultural developments in Victoria, for which the Vicky handles were originally conceived. The idea was to reconcile the rigorous geometries of the square and the circle in a section which morphs from one to the other, giving a comfortable round grip but presenting the beginnings of a square section to the thumb as it pulls. Simple and surprising, the D handle addresses and brings together two archetypes of handle design, the tube and the bar. Claudia Lynch then developed the concept with Patrick creating a complimentary Lever handle.