Monthly Archives: August 2012

dRMM AT 2012 VENICE BIENNALE - 31-08-2012

The Dutch Way 1 The Dutch Way 2 The Dutch Way 3

On Monday the 27th August 2012, the British Pavilion, presented by the British Council, for the 13th Venice Architectural Biennale was officially launched.

The ‘Venice Takeaway’ project, curated by Vicky Richardson, Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council, and Vanessa Norwood, Head of Exhibitions at the Architectural Association,invited ten architects to make overseas expeditions to conduct research relevant to UK issues which answered the question,‘What and who makes great architecture?’ The project corresponded with the theme of this year’s Biennale, curated by David Chipperfield, entitled ‘Common Ground’.

‘What great cities have in common is not ground but water’ said de Rijke in his presentation at the UK Pavilion at the Biennale. dRMM studied and documented IJburg, a prototype floating housing scheme in the east of Amsterdam designed in major part by Architect Marlies Rohmer, with additional self-build units also forming part of the scheme. The Ijburg project was analysed in terms of its leglisative, infrastructural and economic context, and for it’s potential as a design departure to the problem of regeneration, housing shortages and flood zone land use in the UK.

The dRMM team was Alex de Rijke, Isabel Pietri, Jonas Lencer and Merlin Ayrs.
For more information on the dRMM Venice Takeaway project, known as ‘The Dutch Way’, visit the following sites:

The official Venice Takeaway site
The Independent Observations: Intelligent anarchy for the UK
Dezeen UK should ‘Learn from the Netherlands’
The Observer Venice architecture biennale – review
Port Magazine Common Ground: 13th Architectural Biennale, Venice
Port Magazine The British Pavilion, Venice Takeaway

Images ©Cristiano Corte

- 20-08-2012

Tower of Love

ja+u, prestigious Japanese architectural publication website have featured dRMM’s RIBA Award winning project – the Tower of Love, on their website

The piece provides information on the project’s materiality, site, and context and features some great shots of the building. Photographed by Alex de Rijke.

VENICE BIENNALE – 15 DAYS TO GO - 14-08-2012

Venice Takeaway

Venice Takeaway: Ideas to change British Architecture

The British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale presents the work of ten architectural teams that have travelled the world in search of imaginative responses to universal issues. Venice Takeaway charts their course in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Thailand and the USA and demonstrates the creative potential of sharing ideas across borders.
dRMM have explored Ijberg, a floating community that has thrived under an advanced culture of planning, procurement and design to the east of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. See us in Venice from 29th August – 25th November.
Visit to read more.

Also, read the designboom feature.