Powerhouse Company was founded by Charles Bessard and Nanne de Ru in the beginning of 2005 simultaneously in Rotterdam and Copenhagen. It was founded consciously as a European office. Commissions range from furniture design to architecture, planning and research. Powerhouse Company works internationally on projects in the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Russia and Thailand. For a full list of projects, please see our website
www.powerhouse-company.com. Powerhouse Company's combined offices are currently employing 7 people: 2 partners, 4 architects and 1 academic researcher.
Since 2005 Charles Bessard and Nanne de Ru have been guest professors at: the Royal Art Academy of Copenhagen (DK), Aarhus University (DK), TU Delft (NL), Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), Academy van Bouwkunst Rotterdam (NL) University of Aalborg (DK), AHO Oslo School of Architecture (NO) and The Icelandic Academy of the Arts (ICE). In 2009 Charles Bessard will start a research and design PhD at the Royal Art Academy of Copenhagen, that will research the consequences of the rising sea-water levels on the urbanization of Denmark.
Work of Powerhouse Company has been exhibited in amongst others at the 2005 Rotterdam Architecture Biennale, The 8th Sao Paulo Biennale of architecture and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. Powerhouse Company has been published in amongst others Domus, A+U, Mark Magazine, A10 and de Architect.
In 2008 Powerhouse Company has been awarded the Dutch Design Award 2008 for the category 'best private interior design'. the AM/NAi prize for the best building by architects under 40 and the Prix Speciale for best office of Ecole Superieur d’Architecture in Paris. The office was shortlisted for the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 and the Marcus Prize of Milwaukee Univercity, US.
2009 - Winner Europe 40 under 40 Award for emerging architects.
2009 - Nomination Marcus Prize - Award for best upcoming practice in the world.
2008 - Winner Prix Speciale d'Architecture - Ecole Speciale d'Architecture a Paris
2008 - Nomination Mies van der Rohe Award - European Award for best building in Europe
2008 - Winner AM / NAi Award 2007-2008 - bi-annual award for best building by architect under 40.
2008 - Winner Dutch Design Award 2008 (category: best interior design)
2007 - Runner up - Simplicity competition Almere
2006 - Runner up - Float houses Den Bosch