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Frank la Rivière, Architects inc is a multi-disciplinary and internationally oriented design practice based in Tokyothat works in the field of urbanism, architecture, and interior design through to product and exhibition design whilst from time to time participating in art related events.
Our design approach is centered on a thoroughly contemporary design language, with recurring themes such as lightness, transparency, continuous flow of space and trueness to the nature of the materials used. We create richly varied environments that are responsive to the needs of its occupiers and result in intricate spatial experiences. Working from the notion that the creation of the human habitat must take place in relation to society as a whole and that construction projects are not stand alone undertakings, we belief that our designs should derive from the cultural, social and programmatic aspects relating to the design commissions, while the characteristics of the prevalent climate, the site and its restrictions, as well as the locally available construction techniques are other sources of inspiration. Technology, whether sophisticated or more traditional, helps us to redirect the conventions dominant in the production of architecture, resulting in innovative solutions. The improvement of the energy efficiency of our buildings is an important design parameter that needs balancing with other requirements. We belief that good projects will be achievable through a fusion of all these aspects and will therefore create more humane environments, at what ever scale and what ever the budget of the project, with more agreeable spaces for the people who use them. We engage in collaborations that bridge conventional disciplines. These collaborative teams are formed per project with either other architects, designers, artists or consultants allowing us to take on large-scale projects as well.
The practice is led by Frank la Rivière (The Netherlands Utrecht, 1961) who studied architecture and interior design at Delft University of Technology and in 1988 received his Masters degree (first class honors). In 1989 worked in Londonfor Llewelyn Davies Weeks, Architects and Planners. In 1990, moved to Paristo work for Renzo Piano Building Workshop and in 1991 was invited to Japanthrough an initiative by the GK Design Group and developed aluminium structures while working with Sumitomo Light Metal Industries. From 1999 until 2007 worked as representative and local architect for Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure (Maison Hermès, Tokyo) and parallel to this founded in 2001 Frank la Rivière, Architect and in March 2007 became Frank la Rivière Architects inc. Besides being registered architect in the Netherlands(obtained as the first Dutch National, based on 15 years of practical experience in Japan) the First Class Architects License in Japan.
Registered architect in the Netherlands(nr: 1.890201.136)
Registered architect in the Japan(first class architects license: nr: 312585) First Class Registered Architects Office (nr:53661)