rotative studio is a collaboration between architects Alexandra Sonnemans and Caterina Viguera, based respectively in Rotterdam and Zürich. 

Through the the use of a variety of formats, we aim to expand our notion of architecture, the built environment and public space. At the same time, we reconnect abstract ideas and experimental forms to concrete projects.

The movement that is referred to in the name of our studio and which is firmly embedded within our architectural practice, refers to this continuous interaction between an exploratory context and site-specific situations.

We work on commission and on self-initiated projects of various scales and uses.

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"rotate and change the perspective"

“rotate and change the perspective” 

Exhibitions, Events & Lectures

Online exhibition ‘Space in-between’ - London Festival of Architecture 2020

Exhibitions and events as part of the one-year residency at the gallery Kulturfolger, Zürich 2019
‘Rotation means relations’ & Vernisage - February
‘Cut - add- play’ - March   
‘Fragments‘ - April   + invited guest: Pavle Stamenovic (RS)
‘Marking transformation’ - June  + invited guest: Emma Hoette (UK)
‘Continuum’ - July  + invited guest: Ravian van den HIl (NL)
‘Inside outside’ - September 
‘Replicas’ - November  + invited guest: Elettra Carnelli)
‘The sound of transformation’ & Finnisage - December  + invited guests: Ramon Landolt, David Meier (CH)

Event series ‘L’eau a la rencontre de la ville - La Dérivée II’ Yverdon-les-Bains 2018
in collaboration with Margaux Genton
invited artists: Simon Rouiller, Le Collectif Necto, Bazil Felix, Maëlle Gross and Ramon Landolt & Tapiwa Svovse. 

Lecture ‘rr-dialogues.org’ - Nische, Zürich 2018

Lecture ‘Waterfronts’ - La Derivée, Yverdon-les-Bains 2017 
in collaboration with Myriam Treiber 


Workshops & Teaching

Online round table ‘Space in-between’ - London Festival of Architecture 2020

Tutoring ‘Intercultural Bench’ - International Design Workshop Week 2020 ‘Commons’ -
University of Antwerp 

as part of the one-year residency at the gallery Kulturfolger, Zürich 2019 (self-initiated):
Round table ‘Rotation means relations - February
Round table ‘Cut - add - play’ - March 
Round table ‘Fragments’ - April
Round table ‘Marking transformation’ - June
Round table ‘Continuum’ - July
Open Studio ‘Inside outside’ - September

Workshops ‘Urban transformation as event’ & ‘rr-dialogues.org’ - Rotterdam & Zürich 2018 (self-initiated) 

Workshop ‘Along the Line’ - La Dérivée, Yverdon-les-Bains 2017 (self-initiated)
in collaboration with Myriam Treiber

Round table ‘Zürich, les cooperatives reinventent le logement social’ - La Dérivée, Yverdon-les-Bains 2017 (self-initiated) in collaboration with Myriam Treiber
invited speaker Martin Lepoutre



Caterina Viguera (Barcelona, 1986) MSc ETSAB Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (2011), MAS Urban Design at the ETH Zürich (2015). Storefront for Art and Architecture, Departament d‘Historia d‘Arquitectura ETSAB, Vito Acconci Studio New York, Ammann Albers Stadtwerke Zürich.
Alexandra Sonnemans (Belgrade, 1986) MSc TU Delft Faculty of Architecture (2011). TENT Rotterdam, VMX Architects, ZUS Rotterdam, Blauwdruk Stedenbouw Antwerp, Stichting Beeldmix, Operator culture radio, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.  

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