rotative studio continuously interplays design, research and dialogue.

Characterized by an explorative and proactive approach we combine self-initiated projects with commissions and teaching.

Since the beginning of rotative studio we reflect and react on contemporary issues and personal fascinations – such as urban transformation, architectural representation, the relationship between past, present and future, and the importance of physical experience and imagination in architecture –
with the aim to open up new perspectives, to transgress the established, to develop experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to architectural research and design, and to elaborate (on) the role of architecture and 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 of local communities, by organising 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’.

The two of us are both engaged in all stages of a process, from intention or initiative to execution, construction and activation – combining research, design and curating with contracting, project management and construction (supervision), always in direct contact and collaboration with other makers, clients, users and others involved.

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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 Zurich and was founded in 2017.


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