DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

Suspended gardens

Floating, hovering, suspended gardens… How to make a garden fly? At the heart of our Paris Gateway project, our suspended garden aimed to resolve conflicting constraints. The very valuable « ground plane » needed to be used for transport whilst other underground infrastructures occupying the whole site made it impossible to plant. Simultaneously, the elevated…

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The Skewed church 

Spatial sequencing  Without theological commentary intended, our answer for a new Russian Orthodox Church was the literal sequencing of its spatial DNA.  Simultaneously as an answer to the trapezoidal site and its oddness in regards to contemporary design, we choose to slice and displace an archetypal model to create a new species. The gradient translation…

DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

A memory in stone

Born of our investigations into material reuse, the Castle Lane was at his inception a opportunity to study of a special brick aggregate. Giving a second life to the demolished building, we studied the solution composed wit aggregate panels made of the crushed brick from the site itself. One of expectations when working in an…

DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

Fractal Tree

The Fractal Tree is the manifestation of geometrical play stemming from the growth logic of tree branches. Operating as a city sculpture and a sustainable device, the timber structure transforms itself and its environment over the course of the day. Both metaphor and abstraction of its natural source, DROO’s fractal tree is an active abstraction…

DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

Floating fields

Zero waste. Architectural gesture are often expensive, materially expensive. Our approach in reducing waste was here driven by a better use of the cutting patterns. Achieving near zero waist is possible by the very organic nature of the topographic fields.  The temporary cafe for the Architectural Foundation was defined by two contoured surfaces. One soft…

DROO Architects - Michel da Costa Gonçalves - Modern Theatres

MODERN THEATRES 1950-2020 is OUT

MODERN THEATRES 1950-2020 which includes a contribution by DROO Architects’ director Michel da Costa Gonçalves is a fantastic book edited by David Staples and published by Routledge. Michel explores today’s perception of the Opera Bastille in light of its very political inception and using his past experience designing cultural venues such as the Onassis Opera…

DROO - Da Costa Mahindroo Architects

Civic Ecosystem, Song Do Library

  Research through design, our Song Do Library proposal. Designed with both a sense of material frugality and experiential monumentality, our proposal sees the Library as a dynamic movement of ideas within an ecosystem defining by two interacting environments: the central garden and main library’s stepped agora. Symbolic and active, the engineered timber shell closes…

DROO Architects - FAIRE 2020 Finalist

DROO finalist for FAIRE 2020

DROO is a finalist for FAIRE 2020, the Paris accelerator for innovative architectural and urban projects.  We are delighted to be selected for the final round for our post-pandemic urban revitalisation project.  “FAIRE platform invites multidisciplinary teams to propose innovative research and experimentation in the face of major urban challenges: climate, materials crisis, new technologies,…

Essentiafluous

Essentiafluous: Semantic Design by DROO.

Essentiafluous: Semantic Design by DROO’s director Michel da Costa Gonçalves. This speculative exercise through terminologies questions how the current pandemic might influence design in the coming months or years. Thanks to Inst_inst_inst and mapa arq for the collaboration request.    

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