A rare find...

Tuesday 05 Apr 2011

Paris and London-based practice for research, architecture and experimentation

rare architecture (researcharchitectureexperimentation) is an office for research, architecture and experimentation. Projects range from the scale of the object to the urban.

The office has recently completed an acclaimed 9,000 sq m redevelopment project in London and is working on several residential and commercial projects for public and private developments. In parallel, the office pursues the design and manufacturing of furniture and object collections.

Co-founded by Michel da Costa Gonçalves and Nathalie Rozencwajg in 2005, rare operates from offices in Paris and London. The practice exercises an ethos of mixing their commissions with research and education to produce tailored work using new materials, innovative typologies and advanced modes of design and production.

They stress the need to establish a tailored response, which implies a singular design process for each project with an adapted use of their network of competence. Mixing different endeavours we sensibly apply transversal thinking between teaching, research and commissions.

Prospective work has been greeted by the Custerson Award, the final phase of the FEIDAD and several award nominations such as the Design Award 2011, FX Award and European Hotel award 2010. The office work has also been exhibited at the Royal Academy of London. They carry a particular ethic which experiments through teaching, in particular at the Architectural Association, in London since 2004, the ENSAPL in Lille and Design Centre in Singapore.

Town Hall Hotel - completion date: May 2010

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