Celebrating 20 years of Fisher Studios.

Founded in 2001, Fisher Studios has been working with clients in and around Oxford for the past twenty years. We are feeling nostalic and taking a look back at what we’ve been up to during this time.

One of our long-standing clients is Adrian James Architects – we first did a shoot for them in 2001 and we have spent the past two decades photographing a number of beautiful buildings designed by AJA.

This collaboration has been one of the most fulfilling, creative, and stimulating as a photographer, and our birthday year gives us a great opportunity to look back at some memorable images we have created together.

Check out our ‘virtual retrospective’ below!

Photographed by David Fisher in 2020.

“The formal parti of the house is the balance between the voluptuous quality of the elliptical section and the discipline of no projection or variation from that extruded section. And then there’s the spectacular interior too.”

The Rectory

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2020.

“The formal parti of the house is the balance between the voluptuous quality of the elliptical section and the discipline of no projection or variation from that extruded section. And then there’s the spectacular interior too.”

The Bluff

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2019.

“The Bluff is part castle, part butte, part crinkle-crankle Cotswold stone wall; a resonant form which sprouts organically from its hillside setting.”

Photographed by David Fisher in 2019.

“The Bluff is part castle, part butte, part crinkle-crankle Cotswold stone wall; a resonant form which sprouts organically from its hillside setting.”

The Black House

Photographed by David Fisher in 2018.

“Today, every self-respecting architect has a black house in their portfolio, just as they have a black rollneck or little black dress in their wardrobe.”

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St Michael’s Threshold

Photographed by David Fisher in 2018.

“Our front extension creates a new threshold for the church: a large entrance lobby plus those crucial ancillary spaces every assembly building needs.”

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Moser Library

Photographed by David Fisher in 2017.

“The transformation of a rather fusty Edwardian library into a bright, smart 21st century library/gallery/social hub – with added learning space and contemporary furniture throughout.”

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2016.

“The house is a viscous form petrified, an English butte which grows out of the organic folds of its setting. The strong sense of movement is expressed in the sinuous brick carapace. The local brick has a luminous earthy orange hue, seemingly still bright from the heat of the kiln; this house exploits both the extraordinary plasticity of the humble brick, and its rough, tough sense of rootedness.”

Winner: RIBA South Award 2017 and RIBA South Sustainability Award 2017

Photographed by David Fisher in 2016.

“The house is a viscous form petrified, an English butte which grows out of the organic folds of its setting. The strong sense of movement is expressed in the sinuous brick carapace. The local brick has a luminous earthy orange hue, seemingly still bright from the heat of the kiln; this house exploits both the extraordinary plasticity of the humble brick, and its rough, tough sense of rootedness.”

Winner: RIBA South Award 2017 and RIBA South Sustainability Award 2017

Hodgson Hall: Shrewsbury School

Photographed by David Fisher in 2015.

“The building is designed to provide superb teaching facilities but also to sit comfortably amongst the school’s august Edwardian piles and to feel as if it is built to last like the institution it embodies.”

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Sandpath

Photographed by David Fisher in 2014.

“The budget was tight so the house is really simple: a clean cuboid form with no frills, assembled from a flat pack of structural insulated timber panels.”

Awards
RIBA South Award 2016 and RIBA South Sustainability Award 2016
Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015
THE BEST HOUSE IN THE UK up to 2,500 sq.ft.

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Harlequin House

Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“The contextual pitched roofs required by the planners are subverted by the dazzle camouflage of strongly contrasting brick and render shapes. The solid body of the building is dematerialised into a harlequin-esque composition of stripes, planes and triangles.”

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“The seemingly weightless form of the house is achieved with some very serious steel gymnastics. The carbon footprint of the house is minimised by gathering energy from ground source heat pumps and a huge array of solar panels.”

Meander House

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“The seemingly weightless form of the house is achieved with some very serious steel gymnastics. The carbon footprint of the house is minimised by gathering energy from ground source heat pumps and a huge array of solar panels.”

The Laurels

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Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“A sleek sculptural casket in Ancaster stone, with a rippling copper roof, and at the heart of the house a stupendous double-height sliding glass wall glorying in the view of the woodland setting.”

Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“A sleek sculptural casket in Ancaster stone, with a rippling copper roof, and at the heart of the house a stupendous double-height sliding glass wall glorying in the view of the woodland setting.”

Broadmere

Photographed by David Fisher in 2013.

“It is not a loud house; it is a contemporary, sustainable, affordable home in a sensitive setting. Local materials are used to smoothly wrap a barn-like form.”

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St Hilda's Entrance

Photographed by David Fisher in 2012.

“A new forecourt to the college’s listed Hall Building. Not only wheelchair access but also a complete upgrade of the college’s public face, designed in close liaison with the city’s Conservation Officers.”

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Hill Top House

Photographed by David Fisher in 2011.

“It may sound hifalutin, but this house really is a kind of poetry: the design is all about expressing the base beauty of concrete: the very antithesis of bling. All the main elements of the building – the walls, floors, ceilings, stairs, roof – are polished panels of precast concrete, made off-site, delivered and assembled like a vast house of cards.”

Concrete Awards 2013 – OVERALL WINNER, the best concrete building in the country.

RIBA Downland Award 2012 – Shortlisted for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2012 awarded to the best building in the country for less than £1M.

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Walton Lane

Photographed by David Fisher in 2011.

Winner: Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2012

North Oxford Modern

Photographed by David Fisher in 2010.

White House Corner

Photographed by David Fisher in 2009.

Bothy

Photographed by David Fisher in 2007.

Victorian Wings

Photographed by David Fisher in 2006.

The Arches

Photographed by David Fisher in 2005.

Brick & Metal

Photographed by David Fisher in 2004.

The Dome

David’s very first commission with Adrian James Architects. This was so early in the days of Fisher Studios that the images were captured on film and then digitally transferred.

Photographed by David Fisher in 2001.