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Fostering a culture of joy has always been at the heart of our practice.

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People should feel secure, cared for, and happy in the places they live and work.

Architecture that embodies joy is a unifying feature of our work. Whether through colour, form or materials, our buildings burst with optimism and identity. We create places that improve daily life by talking to individuals and communities to understand what they need from the places they live, work and play in. Positivity and playfulness in design can co-exist with quality, innovation and functionality. Our buildings are proof of this.

The MK40 Tower. Milton Keynes Gallery (MK-G) invited us to design a temporary artwork to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city of Milton Keynes.
The MK40 Tower. Milton Keynes Gallery (MK-G) invited us to design a temporary artwork to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the city of Milton Keynes.
Our response was a timber tower that allowed visitors to view their city from above.
Our response was a timber tower that allowed visitors to view their city from above.
Rundeskogen in Norway. On the ground floor, fins and bracing elements spread out like roots where children play and feast their imaginations.
Rundeskogen in Norway. On the ground floor, fins and bracing elements spread out like roots where children play and feast their imaginations.

Creating buildings that are unique, memorable and uplifting is our forte.

We approach every project brief as a blank canvas that enables us to truly engage with the potential of our buildings. What makes their context unique? Who are the people that will form their future community? What inspires, awakens and represents those people? In answering these vital questions, we create buildings whose unique identities instil a sense of pride in the people who use them.

We don’t make boring architecture.
Judith Stichtenoth
Judith Stichtenoth
Director

Insight: Judith Stichtenoth

dRMM collaborated with artist Petra Blaisse on the curtain for Maggie's Oldham.
dRMM collaborated with artist Petra Blaisse on the curtain for Maggie's Oldham.
The shimmering, silver full-height curtain loop allows separation to be created within the open plan space when privacy is needed.
The shimmering, silver full-height curtain loop allows separation to be created within the open plan space when privacy is needed.

We love colour and we’re not afraid to use it.

Colour can be as powerful as space, light and proportion in strengthening the impact of architecture. It uplifts urban places, provides a clear sense of identity and translates feelings of positivity into a visual form. Sensitive to context, we draw on the hues that exist within a building’s surroundings to inform colour choices.

dRMM makes architecture that strengthens identity—colour is a big part of that.
Tara Ryan
Tara Ryan
Associate, Head of Marketing and BD

Insight: Tara Ryan

A view of Wansey Street in Elephant and Castle. On projects like Harper Square, Clapham Manor Primary School, St Albans School and Wansey Street, colour announces itself boldly through highly pigmented façade materials.
A view of Wansey Street in Elephant and Castle. On projects like Harper Square, Clapham Manor Primary School, St Albans School and Wansey Street, colour announces itself boldly through highly pigmented façade materials.
Colour is used in a subtle way in the copper alloy cladding at Faraday House in Battersea.
Colour is used in a subtle way in the copper alloy cladding at Faraday House in Battersea.
When closed, the perforated metal screens create a play of light and shadows inside.
When closed, the perforated metal screens create a play of light and shadows inside.

Joyful architecture restores and transforms communities.

Architecture has the power to transform communities through strategic design with better public realm, high-quality amenities and the appropriate use of colour, form and beautiful materials. These elements are integral to every project we build, from a single house or micro-industrial unit to masterplans and large-scale residential projects. Although different in function and scale, each responds to one common ambition: to put people’s well-being, health and happiness first.

There are so many people involved in the process of making architecture. It touches so many people’s lives.
Philip Marsh
Philip Marsh
Director

Insight: Philip Marsh

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