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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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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…

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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 and…

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FRAME AWARD Jury

Thank you to FRAME Magazine for inviting DROO’s director Amrita Mahindroo to be a part of FRAME AWARD Jury. Its fantastic to see so many exciting projects coming up from across the world. After so many months of restrictions we are all itching to see an exhibition, go to a restaurant or work in collective…

DROO Architects in International Panorama by THE PLAN

DROO in International Panorama

We are delighted for DROO Architects to be featured in, International Panorama, Vol. 1 a book curated and designed by THE PLAN.“First volume of a journey into international architecture, in order to interrogate the experimentations, the forms of the project that intertwine innovation, compositional, and building technique needs” Publisher Gruppo Maggioli S.p.A. Designed THE PLAN…

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Fostering Diversity

For the start of this new year, we are pleased to have become spokespeople for the Diversity Pledge and encourage the Future of London’s Diversity Network which “is a group of individuals and organisations bringing new voices to the urban debate”. Together with our Team, DROO endeavours to support this core ambition in its work and practice.   #futureoflondon…

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DROO at The Perspective: Winter program 

Amrita Mahindroo to speak at The Perspective: Winter program  The Perspective Virtual is a think tank on Architecture and Interior Design.   https://bit.ly/3fsH9tP https://www.theplan.it/eng/whats_on/perspective-virtual-winter-forum-a-rich-program-of-events This virtual forum, organized by international architecture magazine THE PLAN, will bring together the design supply chain, offering a busy and varied program of panel discussions on highly topical architecture and design issues. The stars…

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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,…

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DROO featured in AMC

DROO featured in AMC Magazine following this year Architecture MasterPrize where DROO Architects is amongst the winners in the Residential Multi-Unit category for our Castle Lane Project. The Architecture MasterPrize celebrates the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design. The awards program is dedicated to showcasing and…

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Thanks to the AA School for sharing our Award win. 

Thanks to the AA School, Architectural Association, for sharing our Architecture Master Prize news: DROO, Da Costa Mahindroo Architects, co-founded and co-directed by AA alumnus, Emergent Technologies graduate and former tutor Michel da Costa Gonçalves have been awarded an Architecture Master Prize 2020 for their project VI Castle Lane in Westminster, London. The residential building…

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DROO are Architecture Master Prize Winners!

We are delighted for DROO Architects to be amongst the winners of this year Architecture MasterPrize Winners in the Residential Multi-Unit category. The Architecture MasterPrize celebrates the very best in design excellence and innovation from the worlds of Architectural, Interior, and Landscape Design. The awards program is dedicated to showcasing and promoting exceptional talent, and…

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Amrita Mahindroo guest host for Parlour

DROO’s director Amrita Mahindroo will be guest hosting the Parlour (@parlour) instagram this week and will be sharing thoughts, musings and our work on some of the bigger questions we have been asking ourselves as a practice in 2020. Parlour is a fantastic platform giving a voice to women working in the built environment. “PARLOUR:…

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New definitions of Growth.

In a recent interview I was asked ‘how we continue to challenge our design thinking and if we had ever deliberately tried to change the way we work?’ In short the answer was yes, but it was a challenging question. As a sense of urgency surrounds us, whether it be climatic, social, economic or political…

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