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Internationale Gastprofessur Alex de Rijke

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dRMM is a multi-disciplinary design practice, committed to the realisation of exceptional architecture. We are concerned with the quality of all aspects of the built environment, and seek rigour, integration and client satisfaction in our projects. Our work is characterised by conceptual clarity and innovative construction; our intention is always to provide different clients with different architectural solutions, making each project unique.

Our energetic design team is skilled at working at large and small scales, inside and out. We have been in practice since 1995, employ a team of twenty and enjoy working on a careful selection of public and private projects. We like to work simultaneously with engineers and contractors, computer programmers and artists. This has allowed for an informed diversity in design for each project.

All of our completed projects have received critical acclaim and professional recognition. Our own office/apartment building, No.one Centaur Street, won seven awards including ‘RIBA London Building of the Year’ and the ‘AJ first building award’. dRMM was awarded ‘2004 Best New Architectural Firm’ and in 2005 won the ‘Next Generation Award’ at MIPIM.

In 2006, dRMM completed the government-funded Kingsdale School project, a scheme specifically intended to set new standards for education design. Kingsdale School features a number of innovative designs, including the world's largest 'variable skin' ETFE light-controlling roof, and three cutting edge prefabricated engineered timber buildings. The project is generally regarded as an architectural and technical tour de force.

Also completed in 2006, Wansey Street Housing, was a competition win for a 31-unit apartment development, the first opportunity to express London Borough of Southwark’s ambition for the regeneration of Elephant & Castle by creating mixed tenure housing. BD awarded to dRMM 'Public Housing Architect of the Year 2006' for Wansey Street Housing. We continue our work with LB of Southwark on 100+unit Harper Square Housing.

In 2007, dRMM installed a 20m lookout tower outside Milton Keynes Gallery and exhibited three completed projects at the gallery, demonstrating our lead in the design of all-timber buildings. After this intervention, we won the competition to work with Tate to design the ‘Mobile Tate’, a travelling structure which will bring contemporary art programmes to cities across the UK. Work with Milton Keynes Gallery progresses as we develop a new multi-use arts and education facility.

The practice is now developing 160 residential and commercial units for Kings Cross Central as part of one of the largest urban regenerations in Europe, plus further residential buildings as part of The Athletes' Village for the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond. Also in development is the Timber Towers project in Norway, in collaboration with Helen & Hard architects. Working with researchers, engineers and manufacturers, the project demonstrates the possibility and practicality of timber high rise.

FH Düsseldorf
20.03.2009 - 15:20

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