Studio Bruther: new urban infrastructures

by Web Staff

Compasses Magazine

In May 2021, the Paris-based Studio Bruther won the seventh edition of the Swiss Architectural Award 2020

Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot founded the studio in 2007 and work on issues of great relevance which they translate with clarity and effectiveness in their architecture.

The starting-point of their design process is this: to reevaluate the outer city – a place too often neglected – as an opportunity for transformation and fertile ground for new perspectives, considering materials not only as simple components of construction but as an economic and social process, absorbing and translating into architecture the social, cultural and above all political issues of their context.

Bru and Theriot draw on heterogeneous influences – from Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Aldo Van Eyck, Cedric Price and Lacaton-Vassal – in designing resilient architecture capable of adapting to new transformations.

The Saint-Blaise Cultural and Sports Center, Paris (2010-2014), the New Generation Research Center, Caen (2013-2015) and the Residence for University Researchers “Maison Julie-Victoire Daubié”, Paris (2014-2018), are some of their most recent works: new urban infrastructures that add new values to the city and trigger transformation in the most fragile of contexts.

The design process always begins with the definition of a clear structural idea that accommodates spatial matrices adaptable to new uses. Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot enrich their professional practice with some didactic experiences – lectures at ETH Zurich, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Technische Universität Berlin Institut für Architektur – which offered the chance to meet the younger generations and further develop a proactive yet always realistic approach.

Photo credits

Cover: Cultural and Sports Center – Courtesy Bruther

  1. Cultural and Sports Center – Courtesy Bruther
  2. New Generation Research Center, ph. by Filip Dujardin – Courtesy Bruther
  3. The Residence for Researchers, ph. by Maxime Delvaux – Courtesy Bruther


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