The ‘older’ generation of architects who had to have an infinite admiration for studies of proportion, detail and ‘minimalism’ gives way to a generation that stands firmly on the ground with both feet.
Brussels is the European city with the richest and especially the most diverse Art Nouveau heritage. Some 500 buildings and facades along the streets and squares illustrate the talents of the great architects from the end of the 19th century, especially Victor Horta.
Although the start of the office is still freshly etched in everyone’s memory, this young Antwerp architecture office has already a beautiful monograph write down on its curriculum. A new meaning to less obvious materials such as sandbags and gold are assigned on the agenda.
An illusionary world that has more eloquence than any three-dimensional reality. The client, visitor or resident gets offered a product with a certain emotional experience.
Lampens claims not to be in love with concrete, but with the possibilities offered by this material. “The constructive gesture that allows you as an architect, after all, is the first step towards beauty.”
The office ssa/xx from Ghent from Guy Châtel & Kris Coremans tries to bridge the gap between visual culture and elegant and modest usage.
Pascal François composes. He moves with planes and volumes, reduces then until the essence of material and space remains. Each project is an investigation into the use of the entire spectrum of architectural resources.
The design for the renovation of the Kursaal by Storme-Van Ranst reconciles preserving the original architectural qualities with optimal and renewed exploitation.
The architectural appearance is usually close to the original recorded content and looks abstract. It’s this border that attracts architects Govaert & Vanhoutte and which they want to apply in their work.
The architecture of Gino Debruyne is clear, coherent and logical. His projects are formally very restrained and balanced traced to sharp balanced volumetric compositions.
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