In recent decades, with the exponential growth of the internet it has emerged that humans have an extensive capacity to process large amounts of information and data. Contemporary architecture has yet to have taken the full advantage of these inherent human capabilities. We are interested in using generative processes to enhance/create the immersive potential of architectural and urban experiences pertaining to the use of sound, light and movement. We believe that those phenomenological traits of architecture should be developed in their abilities to inform people, change their mood or improve their productivity or perhaps create feedback systems between people and their experiences in space.
We often explore opportunities in the intersection between advanced engineering and craftsmanship. The success of realising complex architectural designs often coincides with a strong collaboration between the contractors and suppliers from an early point in the design process. We believe that the architect’s knowledge of advanced fabrication tools and the ability to design intelligent fabrication processes can create new possibilities of architectural design within the industry. It is therefore critical that the architectural profession reacts to the changing role of the architect by integrating knowledge on strategic logic of assembly through hands on experimentation. This plays a key role in order to realize complex geometries when working with low skilled labour in the industry. For example Matthijs work with the Philips Lighting headquarter involved the automatic generation of drawings and smart labeling in order to convey a non-standard design to non-specialized construction workers in a simple manner.
MATTHIJS LA ROI
Matthijs la Roi, Dutch architect based in London. He studied architecture at the Hyperbody Research Group at the Delft University of Technology where he graduated Cum Laude. Currently Matthijs runs a cluster at the Design for Manufacture Master at UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture together with Jelle Feringa and Tim Lucas. The cluster RC101 focuses on robotic fabrication in relation to housing. Matthijs has a strong interest in bottom up design methods that involve simulation, performative evaluation and self-generation algorithms.
Matthijs won various architectural competitions such as the Belgian monument competition in 2016 with his proposal ‘Museum of Hospitality’. Another recent winning competition entry by Matthijs is the design of a permanent interactive sculpture for the city of Eindhoven. This project is currently under development.