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Jan 2015
New Book: TRANSLATIONS by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou read more
Dec 2014
April 2014
New Book: BAUKUNST 01 - Florian Beigel and Philip Christou The Idea of City read more
Oct 2013
Architecture as City, Saemangeum Island City is still available to purchase read more
May 2013
'Translations': ARU Exhibition at the Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, 2013 read more
March 2013
Florian Beigel awarded Akademie der Künste Berlin Art Prize 2013 read more
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Architecture Research Unit, London

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
London Metropolitan University

59-63 Whitechapel High St
London E1 7PF

t: +44 (0)207 320 1925