ARU is an architectural design laboratory primarily concerned with the exploration of ideas about space. These ideas are tested in live projects. We consider these live projects to be design as research. During recent years ARU has investigated concepts of space appropriate for designing in contemporary complexity such as:
Significant projects of ARU and Florian Beigel Architects include: the Half Moon Theatre in London; Bishopsfield, a regeneration of a courtyard housing estate of the 1960’s in Harlow New Town, England; Lichterfelde Sud, a citylandscape on the southern edge of Berlin; ARU are the lead designers of the urban landscape of Paju Book City in Seoul, Korea an industrial estate for the publishing industry in South Korea; the YoulHwaDang Publishing House in Paju Book City, (ARU as joint architects with Kim Jong Kyu / MARU, Seoul); Jazz Café, Art Gallery and Private Residence at G-39 at the Heyri Art Valley, a new sustainable community near Seoul, Korea. (ARU as joint architects with Kim Jong Kyu /MARU, Seoul). Projects of FBA and the Architecture Research Unit have been exhibited internationally and published widely in international journals.
The design studio of ARU is located at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University. Design research projects carried out by ARU are independent from the projects carried out by students at the university.Architecture Research Unit