Architect Marie-José Van Hee has resisted compromises for thirty years of practice, a period in which she has produced a very thoughtful and consistent oeuvre. She strives for an authentic, serene architecture with perseverance, tenacity and a healthy scepticism against the prevailing circumstances. Six architects view her work in the light of “unspoken”.
The Bruges Concert Hall becomes an open house. In 2002 the Concert Hall opened his doors. The architectural pearl of Robbrecht & Daem architects became a vibrant meeting place for art lovers, artists and the corporate business world local and from abroad. 15 years later, more precisely from September 2017, the Concert Hall reveals its secrets even during daytime.
This spring we’re off on a journey, not on an exotic destination like Chandigarh or Naoshima, but to the Flemish hinterland where the names of the hamlets vaguely sounds familiar and where cyclists tracks are guiding us.
A generation architects , graduated at St. Lucas in 1974 and all tutors say farewell: Paul Robbrecht, Marie-José Van Hee, Marc Dubois, Jan Maenhout, Luc Devos, William Lievens, Paul Lievevrouw, Francis Glorieux and Martin Herman. Also Christian Kieckens, Marc Felix & Gilbert Decouvreur, who taught for years at the institute, are part of this generation. Engineers as Guy Mouton and Patrick Lints joined the team.
Is it not true that architecture should be a slow job? With an installation with various time-lapse recordings one can discover an architectural gem of Marie-José Van Hee Architects in various scales. A mental framework of peace gives the viewer time.
In 1997 Marie-José Van Hee received, along with Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem, the Culture Prize for Architecture of the Flemish Community, in 1993, after an exhibition of her work in “de Singel” and a monograph was dedicated. Marie-José Van Hee keeps away from profound observations and statements to legitimize her work.