Anagram A-U is an architectural
studio based in Rotterdam (NL) since 2017 and works at the crossroads of
architecture and urbanism.
The name of the studio is inspired by the meaning of the word anagram that characterizes
words that the reshuffling of their letters produces a new meaning. The reshuffling
of the word anagrams produces the word Ars Magna that in Latin
means Great Art. The reshuffling of a meaningless word as anagram can
eventually produce a totally new meaning that can highlight something. In the
same way architecture has the chance to highlight or invent hidden spatial
This describes the design process of the studio. In our case the urban context,
the history of the place, the given assignment and the spatial typology are the
elements (letters) that the reshuffling of them could produce a new meaning and
eventual produce architecture.
The studio has a broad spectrum of assignments and competition entries from
public buildings such as museums and libraries up to transformation of existing
buildings, housing and open public spaces.