About us

Rotor is a cooperative design practice that investigates the organisation of the material environment. We develop critical positions through research and design. Besides projects in architecture and interior design, we also produce exhibitions, books, economic models and policy proposals.

In 2016, we launched the spin-off project Rotor DC. This is the place to buy salvaged building components.


  • Design

    We are able to undertake interior design projects crafted around reclaimed elements. Merging design and construction allows us to develop projects as a bespoke answer to the client's needs.

  • Design assistance

    We can assist design teams and building commissioners in providing guidance for missions such as: identifying the reusable elements in an existing building (reuse assessment); establishing reuse strategies, setting reuse targets and create evaluation tools; scouting suitable reclaimed elements; writing down bespoke specs for integrating reuse strategies; and design the projects so as to maximize the integration of reclaimed construction elements.

  • Publication

    Publications are an integral part of our work. These allow us to share our findings and experience more largely.

  • Exhibition

    Exhibitions are a format that allows us to deepen a specific theme that makes us curious. We usually carry out ourselves the research process, the curating and the scenography of the exhibitions. We often realize the installation as well.

  • Research

    Research is central in all Rotor's projects. Yet, some projects are more specifically oriented towards the investigation of specific topics, such as sustainability, circularity and the material economy. If some of our research project are quite theoretical, others are more action-oriented. In every case, we rely on a strong empirical approach.

  • Education

    We intervene in architecture, design, arts or engineering schools and universities, for periods varying from a 1-day lecture, a 1-week workshop or a 6-months studio.


Current collaborators

Sophie Boone, Lynn Cailliau, Martha Delagrange, Nicolas Delaunoy, Géraldine Durieux, Gaspard Geerts, Michaël Ghyoot, Valentin Guerineau, Louise Huba, Florence Meessen, Victor Meesters,  Alix Nadeau, Olivia Noël, Tom Schoonjans, Arne Vande Capelle


Rotor has been founded in 2005 by Maarten Gielen, Tristan Boniver and Lionel Devlieger.

Scientific collaborators

Lionel Devlieger (UGent), Aude-Line Dulière (AA School), James Westcott (AA School)

Our executive board

Ariane d'Hoop, Léa Bottani-Dechaud, Michaël Ghyoot, Benjamin Lasserre, Sebastien Paulet

We have also worked with...

Victoria Abelsen, Alex Basile, Lola Bazin, Alice Beiglig, Koen Berghmans, Lionel Billiet, Fani Bihr, Iveta Bláhová, Tristan Boniver, Lea Bottani-Dechaud, Anne-Lise Bouillon, Florent Bouillon, Jessica Butzberger, Amaury Caeyman, Livia Cahn, Celia Chaussabel, Stijn Colon, Emmanuel Cortes Garcia, Alison Creba, Ariane d'Hoop, Koen Daems, Caroline De Decker, Rein De Wilde, Leander Decloedt, Elena Dell'Oro, Fien Deruyter, Marius Deslis, Camille Drion, Leila Eerens Sarango, Elise Erard, Arthur Etard, Victor Everaerts, Al Fajersztjn, Andrea Ferreri, Matthijs Fieuws, Elise François, Melissa Garipuy, Celine Ghyselen, Maarten Gielen, Beatrice Godon, Pauline Gonieau, Cécile Guichard, Camille Guilloteau, Renaud Haerlingen, Mathilde Haine, Anne-Catherine Hittinger, Sarolta Hüttl, Melissa Jin, Samuel John Little,  Muhammed Karabelen, Ruth Kennivé, Josefien Lagrou, Romane Lavoine, Benjamin Lasserre, Aliki Loizidis, Katja Lorencic, Hélène Mariage, Louis Merle d'Aubigné, Jelena Milanović, Benoît Molhérat, Lauriane Morin, Susie Naval, Eva Neefs, Raoul Nguety Wandji, Tiffany Obser, Sebastien Paulet, Hanne Platteeuw, Catherine Plenevaux, Manon Portera, Marie Annick Rabefiraisana, Bernardo Robles Hidalgo, Tim Rottiers, Margot Schurmans, Tine Seghers, Sophie Seys, Karen Steukers, Celeste Ivon Suarez, Emilie Thabard, Melanie Tamm, Sandrine Tonnoir, Daniel Van Drimmelen, Florence Vaes, Adeline Van Hoof, Victoria Van Kan, Giulia Caterina Verga, Jeroen Verrecht, Robrecht Verstraete, Pierre-Yves Volont, André Warnier, Arthur Wéry, Kent Wilson, Jean-François Wyseur, Uri Wegman, Beate Zavadska, Benedikte Zitouni



Rotor asbl-vzw
3 Avenue de Bâle -1140 Brussels
We are located in the Da Vinci business park by citydev.brussels

+32 488 05 22 00

Entreprise number : 0885 331 173 - RPM Brussels
IBAN : BE98 5230 8082 2293