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Founded by Michel Da Costa Goncalves and Amrita Mahindroo, DROO Architecture is a RIBA and RICS Award-winning practice operating worldwide from our offices in London, Paris and Melbourne. Da Costa Mahindroo, or DROO takes a wholistic approach to design from the object to the urban, each project is a culmination of the complex network of conditions, which are distilled into a singular poetic statement, which valorises its context – both physical and intellectual.

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DROO Architecture actively explore the implications of macro-economics and emerging technologies on aesthetic and formal undercurrents in contemporary design, and aims to situate this discourse in the environment through tangible, user oriented design solutions. Our research explores the evolution of historical spatial and formal typologies as they are put the tests of contemporary markets, environmental extremes and societal/cultural  differences. We seek to generate new layers of richness in our work, by perpetually challenging ‘type’ in architecture, and subsequently allowing us to speculate on the evolution of the future city as an amalgam of these individual architectural products. Each project is at once a tailored solution to the design problem at hand, but also apart of our over arching body of research which engages the community and is an armature for social and environmental agency.

Our work spans Europe, North America, Australia and South East Asia with a strong research focus on cities. We’re committed to developing and promoting architectural creativity to the world. We take part in leading-edge events such as the London Design Festival and our work has been recognised by the Custerion Award, FEIDAD awards, Wallpaper* Design awards, FX awards and in international publications including Architect’s Journal (AJ), RIBA Journal and Blueprint. Our work has also been exhibited at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of the Arts. In addition, we have been teaching at esteemed architectural schools and bodies across the world since 2004, including at the Architectural Association.

Latest News.

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RUE Magazine

DROO Architects’ Harrington Garden project is featured on RUE Magazine June 2018. Exuding a quiet strength of character, this West London Townhouse, play with the chiaroscuro effect of light and shade to create spaces of meditative calm. More

Concert Hall

DROO (formerly RARE) amongst the 6 honorary finalist for the Kaunas Competition in Lithuania for a Concert hall. With TPC, Theatre Projects Consulting.

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Fractal Tree

Fractal Tree, an installation by DROO (formerly RARE architecture) at the Geffrye Museum part of the London Design Festival 2017 and Shoreditch Design Triangle. With ParmarBrook.

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ARCHICREE European listing

ARCHICREE European listing, DROO (formerly RARE) selected amongst the 16 best architectural offices in Europe.