After working for Atelier Kempe Thill and ZUS, Estelle Barriol established Studio ACTE in Rotterdam in 2020. The studio focuses on exploring resilient architectures inspired by vernacular systems, emphasizing low-tech and geo-sourced designs based on reuse. Graduated in architecture from ENSA Saint Etienne (FR), Estelle regularly teaches design studios and workshops on bio and geo-based materials. The studio believes in raising awareness among audiences and stakeholders in the construction field, promoting cultural cross-over, and empowering women in the industry.
Studio ACTE focuses on a transdisciplinary approach through exploratory processes to propose positive ways of building and living in response to the ecological emergency. The work includes small and large-scale architectures, material research, self-building, and tends to look for possible applied solutions to answer the depletion of resources and the fragility of ecosystems. Through a Design and Build method driven by experimentation, Studio ACTE rethinks the act of building by involving a hands-on approach and exploring the process of reuse at a 1:1 scale.
Our selection for the Prix de Rome NL with the project “Cultivating the Metropolis”, the construction of a Green House made of 100% reused material from a deconstruction, and the design for a rammed earth large office building in South France, are great examples of our ongoing research and dedication to reflecting on available, locally sourced, and bio-based materials. Additionally, the selection for the ongoing Prix d’Architecture Charles Abella with the project Spolia settles a manifesto on the potential of the Paris urban mines, recalling new narratives around deconstruction, to draw optimistic and resilient architectures.
Through hands-on and on-site practices, studio ACTE seeks regenerative architectures that promote reuse, material, people, and culture, inviting craftsmanship and aesthetics as an equation towards sustainability.