Studio Visits, instigated by Het Nieuwe Instituut, is a series of evenings dedicated to contemporary architectural practice, its challenges and its possibilities. The series invites professionals, students and the broader public to cross the threshold and take a peek into the architect’s workplace. Powerhouse Company will kick off the series as host for this event.
Hosted and curated by an architectural studio in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, each evening will be organized around a tour, a presentation, an open conversation and a celebration. The gathering will serve as a catalyst for debate and architectural discourse; for strategizing urban policies and actions; for collaboration, forms of solidarity, and friendship as well as competition; and for - why not? - architectural gossip. Studio Visits is also a space in which to reformulate the social position of the architect in a fundamentally changed field of influence, by collectively exploring possible roles and responsibilities.
This first series of visits will be hosted by studios with diverse spatial configurations, forms of practice and portfolios, including Powerhouse Company, Casanova+Hernandez, and LOLA Landscape Architects.
Powerhouse Company is an international architecture and design company. Its projects are the result of extensive research, strategic choices and smart creativity that leaves room for unexpected solutions. Its work shows a fascination with the shifting role of the architect in the current day and age, and a desire to find new directions and positions for the profession.
During the Studio Visit, founding partner and architect Nanne de Ru and a number of the ambitious and committed people working at the company will share their fascinations and experiences, their visions and opinions.
ArchiNed publishes a series of articles that builds on the Studio Visits. Read the article The Lessons of the Crisis: the Architect as Omnivore, based on a conversation between Andrea Prins and Nanne de Ru of Powerhouse Company.