Discover Germany, Issue 88, December 2022

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Swiss Architects and Interior Designers 2021

Morro Chico – A sustainable new main house and renovated farmstead at the edge of southern Patagonia, Argentina. Photo: © Cristobal Palma

VALUES AND INSIGHTS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW When it comes to meeting the specific needs of contemporary international architecture, RDR architectes build on a meaningful relationship with their clients, skillfully adding that special something which makes a project unique. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI

Based on intelligent discussions with their clients regarding their ambitions and means to develop the most appropriate forms, spaces and use of materials, RDR strive to meaningfully respond to the respective ‘brief’ – but also to subtly make it special. Each project searches for this identity in its own way: the SwissTech Convention Center, for example, needed a far stronger formal identity than urban housing which aspires to contribute as much to the well-being of its inhabitants as to the quality of the urban context in which it is inserted.

ingful has become apparent. The architect offers: “We place great value in the process as it is fundamental to the resulting building – one cannot attain meaningful results without a carefully managed process.”

A CAREFULLY MANAGED PROCESS RDR architectes believe in architecture as a service to society at large. They feel a strong responsibility, not only in providing the spaces and places that their clients hope and pay for, but also towards the rest of society. Architect Kenneth Ross explains: “We do not work around a specific formal style; each project is the result of a quest to solve the specifics of its unique needs.” In the end, each successful proposal is of value because the constraints have been transcended and something mean72  |  Issue 88  |  December 2021

Team leaders, Lausanne office – Kenneth Ross, Hilario Dahl Rocha, Antoine Barc and Frédéric Comby (left to right). Photo: © Mai-Thu Diserens

Based in Lausanne, Buenos Aires and Madrid, RDR have built a strong collaborative architectural practice over the years. Their wide range of projects for both private and public clients, of various sizes, programmes and complexities, have been acquired by winning numerous competitions and direct commissions. RENEWED VISION A multinational company, RDR comprises more than 15 nationalities that perpetuate the


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