Nanne de Ru is has won the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young architects 2011 and was therefore invited to at May 10.
Powerhouse Company was founded by Charles Bessard (1970, France) and Nanne de Ru (1976, the Netherlands). Bessard and De Ru launched Powerhouse Company as a European firm, simultaneously opening two offices, one in Copenhagen, Denmark and one in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Powerhouse Company works on commissions that range from furniture design to architecture, planning and research, in the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Finland, Norway, Russia, Turkey and Cyprus. Their first projects such as Villa 1 and the Spiral house brought Powerhouse Company international acclaim. Powerhouse Company is currently working on a wide range of projects, from furniture and yacht design, to villa’s, office buildings and urban planning.
Conscious of the gap between high and low culture, theory and design the Powerhouse Company neither only wants to build, nor just to theorize on the reasons for a new architecture, but instead bring back architecture as an encompassing, constructive and innovative practice