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Lecture Robbrecht & Daem, Dierendonckblancke and MDW/V+

Site VRT & RTBF, Brussel

Both VRT and RTBF will build a new house. Provisional houses both broadcasters still together. In the future they will each sit in a separate broadcasting building, and this side by side on the same site on the Reyerslaan in Brussels. Both agencies present their project and discuss about the meeting of two buildings on the site.

Lecture Love and architecture | love of architecture

OC De Leege Platse, Beselare

In Ghent we Alexander Dierendonck (1971) and Isabelle Blancke (1973) as husband and wife as well as partners to work on a fascinating architectural story. We let them have their say in one of their recent projects.

Miscellaneous Flourishing landscapes in South-West Flanders

Zuid-West Vlaanderen,

South-West Flanders is on the move. Numerous quality projects graft themselves in an increasingly urbanized landscape. We visitthe sometimes forgoten Flanders Fields where the ‘new challenges for the landscape often have a different meaning.

Visit Bustrip tough the South of West-Flanders

The eight buildings of the trip vary in typology – from hotel to an industrial building into a village hall or a cultural center – and the ride takes us to places where we would not make a special detour.

Dierendonck Blancke

The office of dierendonckblancke architects is located in Ghent since 1999, and was founded by Alexander Dierendonck and Isabelle Blancke. After graduating from the Sint-Lucas Institute for Higher Learning, they bote worked at various architecture firms in Paris.

The firm’s approach to design could be described as “no nonsense”. The starting point for the design is always the program of requirements, with its various paraeters and restrictions. There is no preset attitude, so it is never said that we are going to tackle a project like this or like that. No mannerism, no desire to create anything that doesn not ste fromt he preconditions of design. This leads to a design method in which the building is first marked out schematically and organisationally and where, by constant feedback, its materializtion and the constructional aspects are then developed. We see a building as a machine, where function prevails over everything else. This is the only way that an architect can adequately respond to the changing parameters of society. The poetry of architecture is only created after the regeneration of the obvious pre-existing conditions, into a building that can be built durably and used logically.