In this lecture, Bruther founders, Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot explore their commitment to flexible, public buildings and the principles that drive their influential practice.
Please note: this is an on-site event only
Bruther was established in Paris, in 2007, and has since produced projects that are characterised by a careful attention to public space, particularly in the French suburbs. Their design is focused on restoring the dignity of these places and improving the quality of the inhabitants’ life. Always thinking of the users and their needs, their mechanistic buildings are radically flexible and designed to endure regardless of changing requirements.
A prime example of this is the Saint-Blaise Cultural and Sports Centre (2014) for which the practice was nominated for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award. Located in the most densely populated district in Europe, the building has a reduced footprint and lifts almost 17 metres off the ground to extend an increasingly constrained pedestrian square. The practice describes the floors of the centre as ‘blank trays’, free from structure (and sometimes walls), ready to adapt to the users changing needs.
Since 2019, Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot are also professors of Architecture and Design in the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland.