Alexis was born in Munich, Germany in 1981, where he grew up inspired by his ancestors and family members being into aviation, art, engineering, photography and design.
Alexis studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts and interned for Asymptote Architecture, OMA-NY and Rex between 2004-2007 in New York City, and opened up his design studio in Berlin in 2009. In 2013, he moved his practice to Bali.
With a rapidly growing body of work, Alexis is intrigued by recalibrating his design approach for each task, experimenting with different materials and structures, styles and methods. He strongly believes that well built environments are a result of respectful collaboration and a positive team spirit. Architectural design, just like anything else, should aim to become an act of mindful expression.
Aside from architecture and interior design, Alexis is intrigued by entrepreneurship. He has co founded several businesses, his latest firm www.stilt-studios.com he founded with his former client and now friend Florian Holm in 2019.
The philosophy behind Alexis Dornier’s architecture is to combine and reformulate design methods for each architectural design task. An architectural task is its own case, its own matter, problem and affair. A set of rules form a logical and comprehensive design narrative that leads to efficiency and a strong expression of our built environment.
Dornier’s architectural projects endeavour to formulate a design aesthetic that mediates between elements of tropical modernism and industrial architecture with an underlying ambition for formal and tectonic innovation. This design aesthetic is realised through an iterative design process and careful selection of locally available natural materials, spatially composed to respond to the site and natural setting in which they are placed.
Tectonics, in its essence, is the activity that raises construction to a form of art. In this regard, Alexis Dornier’s projects are driven by structural and formal exploration; by the studio’s desire to push the limits of its own tropical-tectonic language. This comes hand in hand with the ambition to amplify the experience of the landscape through architectonic design.
Made in bali
The Studio’s projects are designed within the tropical, forested hills of Ubud, Bali’s cultural epicenter. Practicing architecture in the tropics and especially in a place like Bali, Inspires us on a daily basis and also reminds us to slow down and appreciate the importance of balance and well being.
With a team of talented, devoted designers, the studio strives to explore new typologies, forms and structures while learning from the rich heritage and ‘know how’ embedded within the local vernacular architecture.