Menno Trautwein Architecten has a context driven design approach, resulting in comfortable and sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods.
In a human oriented design of the space around us, not the architecture plays the main role but the people that make use of it. Therefore, every assignment starts for us with studying the qualities of the site and the needs and wishes of its actors.
'Make a place of every door and window.
A bunch of places of each house and each city.
Make of each house a small city and of each city a big house.'
[Aldo van Eyck, 1962]
The studio is founded by Menno Trautwein and Isabela Ledo in 2015, when they opened the office in Rio de Janeiro. The Amsterdam office was opened in 2017.
Menno Trautwein (Amsterdam, 1971) graduated as Master in Architecture at the Academy of Architecture Amsterdam with a design research on a covered market as social economical catalyst for Amsterdam North. He worked as architect on all scale levels of housing design, designed a top end cinema theatre with innovative techniques at Bart Duvekot Architecten and worked on two massive projects at UNStudio. Currently he works on housing and office designs, mostly in collaboration with other independent designers. The assignments contain often combinations of existing and new parts, some of them including monuments. Great care for existing qualities and surroundings is always a starting point.
Isabela Ledo (Rio de Janeiro, 1982) holds a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2008) and a Master's degree in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology (2013). As urbanist she has worked in Brazil and in the Netherlands in projects related to cycling mobility, as architect she is involved in small scale/interior design projects, and since 2020 she teaches urban planning part time at the Hogeschool Rotterdam.
Menno Trautwein Architecten
WG-plein 75, 1054 RB Amsterdam
register of architects in Holland 1.141015.041
telephone +31 6 41122728
register of architects in Brazil CAU A92444-0