ZEST architecture is an architecture studio founded in 2009 by the Dutch architect Co Govers, after working with architects such as Max van Aerschot in the Netherlands and Josep Lluis Mateo in Spain. Co holds a Masters in Architecture from TU Delft with a specialization in sustainability. Her great talent, and something ZEST has always focused on, is the ability to combine sustainability with elegance, and this is why projects by ZEST architecture always stand out.



As well as working for private clients and developers on homes, housing, boutique hotels and offices, we have also had success with international competitions. Our mosque, the Ray of Light in Dubai, won a prize in 2010 and has been published in magazines and websites worldwide. Noted for its beauty and for the fact that it’s the first mosque design that provides equal access to both men and women, it has been exhibited in various museums in Germany in 2012 and 2013 as part of the exhibition “Kubus oder Kuppel”. It continues to play an important role in the discourse on Mosque design, as witnessed by the fact that Co Govers was asked to present and discuss it at the 2019 International Conference on Mosque Design in Kuala Lumpur. In 2014 ZEST Architecture took part in the Venice Biennale, presenting an installation in the exhibition “Time Space Existence”, organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation (LINK).


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We were delighted to work with Co Govers and Maria Matamala in all phases of the project, from planning to the final execution. Being based in Scandinavia much of the communication was done long distance with English as the working language. The professionalism and level of (friendly) service of ZEST architecture was and is exceptional. On our behalf they dealt with all parties involved in realizing the project, which included many bespoke and complex solutions. We have warmly recommended ZEST architecture to our friends and would not hesitate to do so to others.

John, Stockholm

Co Govers and her team really listen to your needs and wishes, and are full of ideas for spatial solutions and materials that really made our house special. They combined practicality with truly noble materials and delivered clever solutions throughout the house that are perfectly finished. The works were supervised with great care and the project was delivered on time, leaving us with a really content feeling about the project. And all of us really love our new home!

Isabel, Barcelona


James, London

Building turned out to be much more fun than we had imagined. Working with the team at ZEST was a pleasure every step of the way. From defining how we would generate our power to the workflow in our kitchen, everything seemed to be logical and stress free. And I am so proud when people walk into my home; they are always incredibly impressed.


We were very happy to let ZEST design our house in Barcelona. Co and her team are very professional and dedicated. They understood our requirements and gave us their professional advice. From the architectural work to the entire interior design of the house and the construction supervision, Co and her team provided us with top service. We are very satisfied!

Michael, Germany



We were delighted to be working with Co Govers and her team at ZEST architecture on the redevelopment of our estate in Barcelona Province. From the start we were impressed by the team's vision, knowledge, responsiveness and attention to detail. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending ZEST architecture.



Andrew, Sydney

Co and the team at Zest are exceptional. Importantly for me they spent time getting to know us, in order to understand our requirements. As a result they have designed an exceptionally beautiful home for my husband and I located in The Gavarres. They have held our hand every step of the way, and have filled us with confidence. I know our finished home will be everything we've dreamed of.


In a village on the Costa Brava our apartment with sea view was in need of a thorough renovation. In order to carry out these drastic works, we chose Zest Architecture. From Belgium we could follow the evolution of the renovation. A fine collaboration with Co and her team resulted in a great result and this within the set term. Highly recommended !!!

An, Belgium