Pierre D’Avoine Architects


The lecture was really interesting as it discussed the idea of the different sizes of architectural practice. The speaker specifically represented the small practice and his project of the ‘Opera on the move’.

A photograph of the ‘Opera on the move’

A photograph showing part of the opera house floating in the water

The project was proposed for Busan Opera House in South Korea and it is a performing arts cent

re including theater and opera. ‘Possibilities to sail and dock at venues around the world transporting touring th

eater troupes will produce an iconic symbol for it’s home port city as well as a global phenomenon.’ This will generate an idea and experience to the visitors about the Busan city. As a piece of the building detaches and sails away around the world the architecture becomes a performance in itself.

Personally I thought that a small practice holding about 16 architects would be more engaging and better than a bigger practice. It would connect the architects much closely with what they’re doing in their projects. It will allow them to communicate and socialize with each other much more than a large or extra large practices. The leader of the team would have a better control on the project and stay in touch with his colleagues and what they’re doing.

Also the lecture touched on the idea of transforming spaces and how one can change small things in their house to make it more suitable for him/her. I really liked the idea of how a person can transform his own space to suit his needs. However, the lecturer also touched on the idea of how this might effect the price of a property and what kind of effects it may have on the person who will buy it.

A definition of “home” was mentioned, and that is “a theater of memories, accumulation of things”. I liked this very much and found it closely related to the first project he presented, in a sense that architecture can become a theatrical act. To what extent do people imprint their identity to a new house or do they just buy a house with an already imprinted identity? I very much support the idea that in order to create a credible design you have to understand what the client owns and needs to make it a very specific building and thus imprinting the client’s identity from the very first sketches.

“A house without identity is like a person without soul”, Pierre D’Avoine

Review by Riam Ibrahem

Sadie Morgan, dRMM


An unexpectedly large practice but focused on mainly small size projects,  dRMM Architects cover a variety of domains within its team. In my opinion a very clever idea to have such a complex practice that can provide you with the full experience of a design, leaving nothing to chance.

Sliding House

Designed as a hiding place after retiring, the Sliding House was a combination between the client’s desire to enjoy the countryside landscape and grow food, but also an affinity towards farm-like buildings, shared by the architect.

A seemingly simple concept containing three static structures -a house, a garage and an annexe, the spaces get much more complex once the outer shell starts moving. The structure moves on recessed railway tracks and the movement is generated by a motor hidden in the thickness of the walls.

Most likely a unique experience to live in a house that moves according to the weather or simply your mood. The Sliding House represents a step away from conventional architecture and towards a much more dynamic approach that has the main feature of changing over time.

Kingsdale School

A school with an existing spacious courtyard gets improved in order to give a boost to the self-esteem of the school community that ultimately affects the quality of teaching. A new oversized roof becomes the celebrity of the school, creating new spaces for students to eat, relax and hang out.

One of the main focuses of this project is an assymetric music performance and cinema auditorium, being part of the biggest space created within a British school.

What I liked about this project is the involvement of the “client” (in this case the students, the in the design process and the architect’s main focus on the wellbeing of the students.

Review by Alexandra Arad



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