© Filip Dujardin
In late May, the Biennale Architettura 2016 opened in Venice. The Bravoure team created an exhibition in the Belgian pavilion on ‘craftsmanship’ and 'scarcity’. In order to illustrate its vision on these themes, Bravoure exhibits fragments of thirteen representative projects from architectural practices from Flanders and Brussels: De Smet Vermeulen architecten, Philippe Vander Maren - Richard Venlet, Wim Goes Architectuur, architecten Els Claessens en Tania Vandenbussche, Eagles of Architecture, Jo Van Den Berghe - architect, Buro II & Archi+i, Robbrecht en Daem architecten icw Arch & Teco, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Laura Muyldermans + Atelier Starzak Strebicki, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, Stéphane Beel Architects and Architectenbureau Bart Dehaene – Sileghem & Partners in collaboration with Ante Timmermans.
The building for the State Archives in Ghent (B) by Robbrecht en Daem architecten in collaboration with Arch & Teco is on display in the exhibition. The building for the State Archives in Ghent is carefully inserted into its urban context through a series of historical and spatial references. The windowsills that characterise the windowless façade connect the building with the fragmented streetscape by making perspectival suggestions. They remind one of the townhouse that once stood there. Its rounded corners reference Henry van de Velde’s architecture of the university building a few streets away, and its more or less abstract, white tower lends the place a new, desperately needed, identity.
by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, doorzon interieur architecten, and photographer Filip Dujardin,
with a contribution of Robbrecht en Daem architecten in collaboration with Arch & Teco
BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2016
Belgian pavilion, Giardini, Venice
May 28th – November 27th, 2016