Architecture BRIO with offices in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and Mumbai (India) was set up in 2006. Over the years the studio has thrived with an energetic team of architects led by Shefali Balwani (C.E.P.T, Ahmedabad) and Robert Verrijt (Technical University of Delft).
The seed of Architecture BRIO was planted in Sri Lanka, where the founders met in the early start of their life as architects. They immersed themselves in the tremendous body of work by the late architect Geoffrey Bawa. His work is often situated in the most breathtaking, but sensitive environmental settings. His interventions are nonetheless bold and often extreme.
Contradictorily, this does not lead to a domination and submission of its surroundings. This duality, explored within the context of a drastically changing world, has become one of the main themes in the work of the practice. The studio strongly believes that architecture should remain a backdrop to life rather than taking centre stage.
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