Matthijs la Roi Architects is an international architecture studio based in London. The practice is founded in 2017 by Dutch architect Matthijs la Roi. Our studio specialises in design of all scales including architecture, interior architecture, public artworks and furniture.
In the recent years, the studio won various architectural competitions such as the Belgian Monument competition in Amersfoort with our proposal: museum of Hospitality. In 2017 Matthijs la Roi architects won the competition: Sectie-C with the proposal of 10m interactive public sculpture. Other projects in the recent years include large complex architectural proposals like the new Nuremberg Concert Hall and a 180m landmark tower for the city of Rotterdam, but also small installations like the Candelabrum 2.0 installation for the Festival Filosofia in Modena.
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 with new digital tools. 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 (Hengelo Ov, 1988) graduated Cum Laude from the faculty of architecture at the TU Delft in 2012. In his career he has worked on a wide range of design disciplines including Architecture, Urbanism, Naval Architecture and Public Art.
Matthijs has been involved in conceiving and executing complex projects in Europe, the Middle-east and the United States including large scale office buildings, and master plans. The majority of this experience was at renowned design studios such as the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture in Stuttgart. During this time Matthijs worked as a project leader on projects such as the Philips Lighting headquarters in Eindhoven. He has taught at the Delft University of Technology and the Bartlett at the University College London. As a tutor at Design for Manufacture Master at the Bartlett UCL, Matthijs has run a research studio focused on Robotic fabrication, and non-standard architecture. He has a strong interest in bottom up design methods that involve simulation, performative evaluation and self-generation algorithms.