rotative studio is an architectural
practice founded by Alexandra
Sonnemans and Caterina Viguera – architects, urban designers, researchers and educators. 

rotative studio is based in
Rotterdam and Zürich and
was founded in 2017. 


rotative studio continuously interplays design, research and dialogue. 

Characterized by an explorative and proactive approach we combine working on commissions with self-initiated projects and are engaged in all stages of a process – from intention or initiative to execution, construction and activation.

Since the beginning we reflect and react on contemporary issues and personal fascinations – such as urban transformation, the relationship between past, present and future and the importance of physical experience and imagination in architectural design – with the aim to open up new perspectives, to develop experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to architectural research and design and to stimulate a fresh and critical attitude to the role of architects today.

Dialogues play a central role: besides an ongoing dialogue between the two of us, our cities and cultures, we extend projects by engaging emerging and distinct voices from multidisciplinary groups and various contexts. We also encourage the involvement of a wider audience and local communities, through a.o. workshops, round tables, performances and events. 

The result is a diverse body of work that ranges from concrete architectural and urban projects, such as pavilions and transformations, to more experimental and interdisciplinary ones, like interventions in public space and the development of new approaches e.g. ‘1:1 on-site explorations’.