© Christian van der Kooy
Powerhouse Company is an international architectural practice established in Copenhagen (DK) and Rotterdam (NL). It was founded in 2005 by two partners: Charles Bessard in Denmark and Nanne de Ru in Holland. Before founding Powerhouse Company, both partners have forged their experience and skills in internationally renowned practices such as Atelier Jean Nouvel and OMA Rem Koolhaas. Through this collaboration, they acquired an in depth experience in complex buildings, ambitious realisations and high design standards. Powerhouse Company is a medium sized office developing an international profile with projects in Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Cyprus and China.
Powerhouse Company's approach is based on a cocktail of a creativity and engagement with the context. We aim to be both visionary and realist and we see reality as an adventure and not as a limitation. The architecture of Powerhouse Company is not limited to the quest of the optimal solution but extends into a humanist approach: the systematic injection of pleasure in the daily life. For us architecture is not a luxury but something as necessary as pleasure.