Plattenbau Studio is a young architecture practice founded and based in Berlin. The studio is led by Jennifer O’Donnell and Jonathan Janssens, both graduates of University College Dublin, and draws on their combined experience of working in both the Irish and wider European context to bring sensitive, perceptive solutions to all of their projects. The founding partners gained significant experience working for several world-renowned architects on a range of works from schools to universities, housing, public space, commercial/office buildings and cultural institutions, before combining their skills and competencies to form their own studio in 2017.
Our practice has its beginnings in research, in the study and analysis of existing urban conditions coupled with the development of new ideas for architecture. As a result, the studio draws from a bank of both accumulated and ongoing research and studies to inform our work and ensure that our strategies for architecture are relevant and observant. We believe in the potential inherent in collaboration, and as such seek to work closely with our clients and design teams, as well as with other architects, design professions and interest groups.
The practice is also active in the academic world, working with universities such as the TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig and UCD Dublin, connecting directly with students and staff through workshops, research and teaching. This dialogue between practice and academia allows us to further broaden our knowledge base and consistently update and build upon our insight into and understanding of architecture.
In the everyday, we use our constant curiosity about the built environment and how people use it to inform our work, from exhibitions to the urban condition. Our projects are grounded in context but attempt to highlight the user at every point, to make architecture that is place-specific, functional and beautiful.