BARCODE Architects (Buro for Architecture and Contemporary Design) is an international architecture, urbanism and design practice led by directors Dirk Peters and Caro van de Venne. With every project BARCODE Architects undertakes an intensive design process to anticipate upcoming changes and respond to the continuous transformation of the city and society. We continuously dare ourselves to question established values and architectural principles. We challenge ourselves and the design team, constantly pushing the boundaries of the imagination to achieve new and original concepts, strategies and visionary ideas; designs that provoke people’s emotional and aesthetic awareness. Especially now, in a volatile time of information, image and data overload, BARCODE Architects has been proven to create award winning designs with a global expression that are sustainable, buildable, and focused on a long term rather than short term thinking.
Dirk Peters founded BARCODE Architects in 2009. Today he is involved in all projects within the office, and leads the special Research & Design Studio of the practice. Peters has a long tradition in the planning and design of large scale international projects. As Project Architect at Herzog & de Meuron he has been collaborating on a number of ambitious projects, including the extention of the Tate Modern in London, W-Hotel Casino Las Vegas, Basel Concert hall, the Vienna Tower, and the Roche Headquarters in Basel. After Herzog & de Meuron Peters worked as a Project Manager and Design Architect for OMA/Rem Koolhaas on the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, Qatar Conference Center, the prize winning ‘Stadskantoor’ in Rotterdam, Prada Larco Isarco in Milano and the recently finished Rothschild Bank in London. Besides his activities as Director of BARCODE Dirk Peters is teaching at the University of Technology in Delft and the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture (RAVB), and is a guest speaker at numerous events for architecture and urbanism.
Caro van de Venne, became Partner/Director of Barcode Architects in 2010. Caro is currently involved with all projects in the office from concept-design to construction documents and building completion. Previously Caro collaborated with Dirk Peters at Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland, where she worked on the completion of the Bondstreet apartments in New York and the 1111 Lincoln Road project in Miami. After Herzog & de Meuron Caro van de Venne has been Associate at Foster + Partners in London (2005-2010), where she had a leading role in the design of Heathrow Terminal East, the National Museum for Afro American Art in Washington and the Wallbrook Square Complex in the City of London. Most recent she was responsible at Foster+Partners for the design of the new Ministry of Defence in Paris. In addition, Caro van de Venne is currently teaching at the University of Technology in Delft and Eindhoven and at the Academy of Architecture in Tilburg.