OFFICE is proud to be a double laureate of the Steel Building Award 2016. Both OFFICE 78: Library and OFFICE 117: Drying Hall were selected by the jury led by Willem Jan Neutelings as best of their categories, respectively 'steel elements' and 'industry'. The jury appreciated the simplicity of the projects, demonstrating a refined use of (standardised) steel elements as both the structure and finish. The prize is awarded on a yearly basis by Infosteel.
OFFICE 216: HAVENLAAN 12
HOUSING COMPLEX IN CANAL AREA
We are proud to announce that OFFICE,, in collaboration with Nicolas Firket Architects and Bureau Bas Smets, has won the competition for the redevelopment of the 'Havenlaan 12' site at the Brussels Canal area, by developer Triple Living.
The site, which sits next to Tour&Taxis, and facing the future 'Beco park’ along the canal, is currently occupied by an office building, which will be replaced by a family of three small towers and a lineair housing block, organised around a central semi-public garden. The volumes, who share a similar character and finishing in coloured concrete paneling, will together form a permeable, urban ensemble with a strong identity, which can be seen as a blueprint for future developments. The existing underground parking will be used as the foundation for the new development. The 28 000 m² of planned floor surface will contain a mix of housing, assisted living, a hotel and various commercial spaces. The various types of housing (row houses, apartments and studios) will be complemented with private outside spaces, from gardens at the ground level until terraces, loggia’s and winter garden in the upper levels.
The competition was organised by Brussels Bouwmeester, who together with the Molenbeek commune, the Brussels regional authorities and the client, chose the project out of an original longlist of 30 teams, and 3 final proposals.
OFFICE’s exposition ‘Everything Architecture’ is scheduled to move to Arc-en-Rêve centre d’architecture in Bordeaux, where it will be on display in the ‘grande galerie’ from November 3rd until March 26th, 2017. The show will display the same content as the original Bozar exhibition, but reorganised along a new narrative, based on the spaces of Arc-en-Rêve. The exhibition will open on November 3rd with a lecture by OFFICE.
MUSEUM M, LEUVEN
OFFICE is participating in the exhibition ‘EUTopia: The Possibility of an Island’ in Museum M, Leuven. The exhibition, curated by plusofficearchitects and Joeri De Bruyn, celebrates the 500th anniversary of Thomas Moore’s classic Utopia, investigating its relevance today through installations by 4 Belgian practices. For this occasion, OFFICE created a new perspective on its 2007 project ‘Cité de Refuge’, in the form of a monumental Trompe-l'œil. The exhibition will be inaugurated by a visit and debate on Thursday Oct 20th. Admission to this event is free, but advance registration is required.
Exhibition: EUtopia: the Possibility of an Island
Oct 20th 2016 until Jan 17th 2017, Museum M, Leuven.
Register for the opening event on 20/10 via this address.
KORTRIJK BIENNALE INTERIEUR
SILVER LINING — INTERIORS
Friday October 14th will see the festive opening of the 25th silver jubileum edition of the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk XPO. This year’s edition, themed 'Silver Lining — INTERIORS', was curated by OFFICE in collaboration with graphic designer Joris Kritis and artist Richard Venlet. Central to INTERIORS is the idea that furniture and objects are not isolated items; they are always part of the organised space. Various international guests have been invited to create these INTERIORS, which are spread throughout the exhibition halls of Kortrijk XPO.
One of these is the 'SOLO Interior', designed by OFFICE in collaboration with artists Richard Venlet and Pieter Vermeersch and furniture designers Muller Van Severen, which features an abstracted excerpt of OFFICE’s SOLO house, populated by custom-designed objects and furniture. Furthermore, OFFICE invited Valerie Traan (BE), Etage Projects (DK), Carwan Gallery (LB) and MANIERA to organise sub-exhibitions. In MANIERA’s exhibition space, OFFICE’s new Corner Chair will be presented.
Biennale Interieur 2016, 25th Silver Edition, in Xpo Kortrijk (BE). Open to the Public from 15/10/2016 until 23/10. Full Programme.
LISBON ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE
THE FORM OF FORM
The Form of Form, curated by Diogo Seixas Lopes, is one of the three main exhibitions of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which opened last week. For this, Johnston Marklee, Nuno Brandão Costa and OFFICE created a gigantic temporary architecture, consisting of various linked spaces taken from projects of each of the three firms, which function as a 'conversation' in which the exhibition’s narrative is developed. The spaces house content selected from the extensive database of the Socks platform, an archive of architectural form compiled by Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli, as ‘a non-linear journey through distant territories of human imagination’.
Exhibition: The Form of Form, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 5 Oct – 11 Dec 2016
OFFICE 152: INCUBATOR
‘’t Werkpand Waregem’, a small-scale industrial incubator building for start-up companies in Waregem has been completed. The building, commissioned by POM West-Vlaanderen, is the result of a winning competition entry in 2013, and will provide office and production space for up to 4 young companies in various lines of work. The distorted geometry of the long, aluminium-clad volume ensures plenty of north light for the ateliers, and contains a hidden communal meeting room.
EXHIBITION INSTITUTO SVIZZERO, MILA
THE BOOKS OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CITY
The exhibition ‘THE BOOKS OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CITY’ is now on display in the Instituto Svizzero in Milan, IT. The show, curated by Kersten Geers, Victoria Easton and Guido Tesio, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Aldo Rossi’s classic book ‘L’architettura della città’, by returning to its sources—it is a survey of all books Rossi explicitly quoted within its pages.
Instituto Svizzero, Milan. Sep 15th — Oct. 22 2016, free admission.
STUDIOS AT EPFL AND HARVARD
'THE COMMONS' AND 'COMMUNES'
OFFICE’s studios 'The Commons' and ‘Communes (another portrait of America)’ has started in parallel at EPFL (CH) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (US) respectively. The studios are new incarnations of ‘Architecture Without Content’, a theme which OFFICE has explored in a series of studios undertaken at different schools and universities since 2012.
EL CROQUIS N. 185
We are very proud to present El Croquis N.185 on OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen! The issue titled ‘Primary Actions’ features 32 projects spanning the period from 2003 until 2016, as well as an essay by Juan Antonio Cortes and an interview with Enrique Walker. The issue is available in print and digital edition from the El Croquis website, and will be distributed in stores world wide shortly.
Publication: El Croquis N. 185: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen - 2003-2016 - ‘Primary actions’
Semi-hard cover, 262 pages, 9.5 x 13.5 in - 67 oz
OFFICE 126: DAR AL JINAA
PROJECT COMPLETED AND OPENED
Dar Al Jinaa, one of two centres of traditional music OFFICE designed and built in the old city of Bahrain, has been completed and festively opened. The project, which consists of a ‘Majlis’ (‘collective room’) added to an existing community centre called a ‘dar’ (‘house’), will give a public face to the ancient community of pearl fishers, who will use the building for music performances. The simple structure of concrete columns and floor plates is ‘veiled’ by a fine steel mesh, which functions as a solar protection, and can be lifted to allow by-passers a look inside when the building is in use.
FINISSAGE 'EVERYTHING ARCHITECTURE'
You are cordially invited to the finissage of our exhibition 'Everything Architecture', Sunday 29th of May at 16h in the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. A small event will be held to mark the end of this exhibition, an important milestone in OFFICE's history. For the occasion, an extra 50 copies of 'OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Volume 2' will be for sale. There will also be a small presentation of two new publications (see below). The exhibition will be open for visits until 18h.
2 PUBLICATIONS BY FORM
THE DIFFICULT WHOLE / METROPOLITAN ARCHITECTURE
We are proud to announce two new publications edited by The Laboratory of Architecture as Form (FORM), Kersten Geers' studio at the EPFL in Lausanne. 'The Difficult Whole: A Reference Book on the Work of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown', will be published by Park Books, and available in architecture book stores soon. 'Metropolitan Architecture' is the seventeenth part of the 'Architecture Without Content'-series. Both publications have been designed by graphic designer Joris Kritis, and will be presented on the finissage of 'Everything Architecture' (see above).
BELGIAN PAVILION, VENICE BIENNIAL
OFFICE is proud to be a part of the 'Bravoure' exhibition which has opened on May 26th at the Belgian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 in Venice. The exhibition, curated by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, doorzon interieurarchitecten and architect-photographer Filip Dujardin, focuses on the idea of 'craftmanship' in architecture. OFFICE 39: Villa Buggenhout is featured in this light.
The Belgian pavilion will also be actively used for events during the biennale. Friday 27th, between 15h and 17h, a conversation is planned with authors and contributors of recent books and magazines coming out of Flanders and Brussels, among which also our own monograph 'OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen: Volume 2'. Kersten Geers will be present to take part.
Exhibition: 'Bravoure', Belgian Pavilion, Giardini, Venice. 28.05.2016, 10:00 until 27.11.2016, 18:00
Conversation: Books on Architecture from Flanders and Brussels. Friday, 27 May 2016, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs
EXHIBITION AT ETH ZURICH
DRAWINGS BY OFFICE
The exhibition ‘Drawings by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen' is currently on display at the ETH Zürich.
“Drawings and collages play a central role in the work of architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. In a unique digital visual language dominated by pastel colors, they produce an oeuvre that goes beyond the conventional uses of the architectural drawing for representation and planning purposes. The drawings and collages form an independent body of work presented and treated for the first time in a solo show at a major institution in this exhibition. Presented in contrast to the John Hejduk’s drawings, they show a contemporary approach to the medium of architectural drawing.”
Location: ‘Drawings by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen', gta exhibition, HIL building, campus Hönggerbergh, ETH Zürich.
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 to Friday, May 20, 2016 Mon-Fri 10-18, closed on weekends and holidays
OFFICE KERSTEN GEERS DAVID VAN SEVEREN — VOLUME 2
Our new publication 'OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen — Volume 2' will be officially presented in BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, this Thursday 24/3 at 19:00.
Volume 2 is the second volume of an oeuvre catalogue in the making. It shows in a systematic, chronological way the projects between OFFICE56 and OFFICE130. This overview is complemented by photographs of Bas Princen and Stefano Graziani, photographers with whom OFFICE has a long-standing collaboration.
The book is introduced by an essay by Christophe Van Gerrewey, and was designed by Joris Kritis. It will be published by Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther König, and is available in a limited edition on the occasion of the exhibition ‘OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen. Everything Architecture’, currently on display in BOZAR, for which it acts as its de facto catalogue. Volumes 1 and 3 will be published in October, accompanying the exhibition traveling to AA in London and Arc-en-Rêve in Bordeaux.
To celebrate its advent, there will be a small event hosted by BOZAR, in which Bas Princen, Joris Kritis, Bart Verschaffel and ourselves will introduce the publication. The event is free but registration via BOZAR is mandatory.
— Book Launch 'OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen — Volume 2' at BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), 24/3, 19:00 until 21:00. Registration is free but required via this link.
— The exhibition 'Everything Architecture' will be open until 21:00, as part of the BOZAR Nocturne. Tickets are required and available at the desk or online.
— The book will initially be available at the book shop in Bozar, and will be distributed internationally by Wather König.
OFFICE RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
OFFICE's retrospective 'Everything Architecture' will open at Bozar on March 3rd. The exhibition will feature more then 50 projects and 25 collected art pieces.
The point of departure for the exhibition is the idea that each of the products of OFFICE is considered a project in itself. Models, drawings and perspectives are will populate the antechambers of the Centre for Fine Arts as individual objects, together with works of art that are related to the spirit and language of OFFICE. In this field of objects, sculptures are considered as compagnons de route to the architectural production. Paintings and photo's enforce or break the different antechamber perspectives and search for dialogue.
The official opening on March 3rd will be preceded by a lecture by Geers and Van Severen in Zaal M of the Bozar complex. Tickets are available via Bozar.
The exhibition catalogue — in collaboration with graphic designer Joris Kritis — will be presented on March 24th and published/distributed by Walter König.
Exhibition: 'Everything Architecture', March 04 until May 29, 2016, Bozar, Brussels
Lecture: March 3rd, 19:00, Zaal M, Bozar. Tickets available here.
Book launch: March 24th, Bozar, Brussels
OFFICE 184: VRT COMPETITION
DOCUMENTARY AND EXHIBITION
The competition proposal by OFFICE in collaboration with KCAP for the new Flemish Radio & Television (VRT) headquarters can be seen both in a documentary and a small exhibition.
Through the Open Call of the Vlaams Bouwmeester, five design teams — OFFICE & KCAP, OMA, Robbrecht & Daem, Christian Kerez and architecten de vylder vinck taillieu) were invited to submit a proposal for a new building for the VRT in Brussels. Until February 29 the resulting proposals and their 1/100 models are exhibited in the Atelier Bouwmeester, where one can see the models of the other four competitors.
Canvas has broadcasted the program series 'Reyers 2020', which provides further insight into the design and methods of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and the other teams. The series can be seen online via the link below.
Exhibition: Expo VRT at 'Atelier Bouwmeester', Galerie Ravenstein 54-59, Brussels. January 27 until February 29, 2016
Documentary: Reyers 2020: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen - KCAP (Canvas)
OFFICE WINS 'ART PRIZE BERLIN 2016'
The jury for the 'Berlin Art Prize–Jubilee Foundation 1848/1948' has selected OFFICE as the recipient of the Berlin Art Prize - Architecture 2016. Founded in 1948 by the State of Berlin, The Prize is awarded by the Akademie der Künste and consists of one Grand Prize and six Art Prizes in the fields of fine arts, architecture, music, literature, performing arts as well as film and media art. More information: here.
OFFICE 195: PACO RABANNE
FLAGSHIP STORE OPENED IN PARIS
Fashion house Paco Rabanne has opened its new flagship store on Rue Cambon in Paris. Creative Director Julien Dossena contracted OFFICE to design the first in a series of new stores, as a step in the new identity of the brand. The compact shop consists of two rooms, defined by intricately designed perimeters of aluminium panels, which can be opened to reveal shelving, display cabinets, or seating. The leather flooring adds to to the atmosphere of refined luxury.
Location: 123 Rue Cambon, Paris
More information via Paco Rabanne
OFFICE 78 LIBRARY WINS
BELGIAN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE 2015
OFFICE 78, the new Architecture Library of the University of Ghent, has been awarded a Belgian Prize for Architecture. The prestigious bi-annual Belgian Prizes for Architecture & Energy were awarded on the 15th of December in the Art & Design Atomium Museum in Brussels. The international jury panel comprising Lone Wiggers (DK), Ricardo Bak Gordon (PT) en Stephen Bates (UK) has selected OFFICE as the winner out of 31 projects selected in its category.
"The project formulates a delicate and intelligent answer to a complex programme, based on a single idea. It adds atmosphere and modernity to the existing character of the hall, without compromising the architectural continuity of the whole." (A+ 257)
More information: Official press release
EXHIBITION 'THE WONDER YEARS'
Several models by OFFICE will be on display at the exhibition 'De Wonderjaren' in the cultural centre of Knokke-Heist. The exhibition, organized by the Flemish Institute of Architecture, aims to give an overview of the Flemish architectural production of the last 30 years.
Exhibition: 'De Wonderjaren. 30 jaar architectuur in Vlaanderen'. Cultural Centre Scharpoord, Knokke-Heist, BE. Oct 25th until Jan 10th 2016, open daily, free admission.
OFFICE 164: OFFICE BUILDING
BUILDING PERMIT SUBMITTED
OFFICE 164 is the conversion of an existing office building to a passive example project. It introduces an independent facade around the existing building, which serves both as an architectural element and a technical tool, controlling the distribution of technical installations and natural light. Construction is planned to start in 2016.
EXHIBITION FRAC ORLEANS
OFFICE’s and Dogma’s project ‘A Grammar for the City’ will feature in the collective ‘Allures’ exhibition cycle at the Galerie des Turbulences, FRAC, Orléans, from Oct 8 until February 21st, 2016.
INSTALLATION CHICAGO BIENNIAL
Together with Bas Princen, OFFICE designed 'Model for a Pavilion (Thinkbelt)' for the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, curated by Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima. The installation presents a series of images of the site of Cedrec Price's iconic but never realised project 'Potteries Thinkbelt'. It is another incarnation of an ongoing investigation Bas Princen and OFFICE embarked on, in which the limits of both architectural materialisation and photographic illusion are tested. To achieve this we show some of the photographs of the Thinkbelt series printed at ‘life scale’.
Dates: October 3, 2015—January 3, 2016
BOOK FOR ARCHITECTS
A collection of OFFICE's architecture books, all designed by Joris Kritis, is on show at 'Book for Architects' at the ETH Zurich, curated by Fredi Fischli, Andri Gerber and Niels Olsen. Joris Kritis' direct and radical design manages to translate the core of both the OFFICE work, as the work created by students at the different studios run by OFFICE without OFFICE, and the Laboratory for Architecture as Form.
Exhibition: Book For Architects, ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL, gta exhibitions. Sep 30 to Dec 4th 2015, Mon-Fri 10-18, closed on weekends and holidays.
Most publications available at the FORM shop.
CURATING INTERIEUR 2016
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen have been appointed curators of the 25th edition of Biennale Interieur. In close collaboration with artist Richard Venlet and graphic designer Joris Kritis, they will create a strong architectural envelope in and around the exhibition halls of Kortrijk Xpo.
LECTURE: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Kersten Geers and David Van Severen will give a lecture on recent projects at Columbia University, as part of the Architecture department’s ‘Core Event’ Series. Wood Auditorium, Columbia University. Monday, September 14, 2015 6:30pm. More information here.
AN AFTERNOON OF IMPUNITY
DISCUSSION AT THE CCA, MONTREAL
As one of the guest curators of the series 'Out of the Box: Ábalos & Herreros’, OFFICE will discuss with Spanish architects Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros, exploring the notion of their recently donated archive in architecture. Sept 12th, CCA, Montreal. Free admission after RSVP. More information here.
EXHIBITION: PALLADIAN DESIGN
OFFICE’s project ’25 Rooms’ (Ordos, 2008) is featured at the exhibition ‘Palladian Design: the good, the bad and the unexpected’ at RIBA, London. The exhibition investigates the relevance of the Renaissance architect today. The exhibition will open on Sept 9th and run until Jan 9th 2016.
OFFICE 152: INCUBATOR
BUILDING PERMIT REQUESTED
The request for a building permit for the ‘Starter’s Centre’ in Waregem has been submitted to local authorities. The building, commissioned by the Provincial Development Company of West-Flanders (POM), will provide rentable working space for four young companies in various fields of work. The project is a simple and spartan box, demonstrating a refined use of standard industrial building elements such as prefabricated concrete walls and aluminium gates.
ART MILL, QATAR
OFFICE has been long-listed to submit a design the international competition for the ‘Art Mill’ in Doha, Qatar. OFFICE’s application was chosen as one of 26 out of a total of 489 entries for the 80 000 m² project, which envisions the redevelopment of a historic waterfront site in the centre of Doha. More information on the competition website.
OFFICE 131: KAAI37
Construction has started on ‘Kaai37’, the development of a housing block on Antwerps harbour quarter ’t Eilandje’. The project, a collaboration between OFFICE and PROJECT², advvt, Meta and NoA was commissioned after a competition in 2012. The project formulates a nuanced answer to the current question of sustainable living, on the edge of the city. More information: Kaai37, Project2.
EXHIBITION: MANIERA AT DESIGN MIAMI / BASEL
"THE DIFFICULT DUO"
Maniera furniture will be presented at Art Miami / Basel.
OFFICE i.c.w. Richard Venlet has been commissioned by MANIERA to conceive an architectural installation.
Exhibition: Maniera at Design Miami / Basel
Date: June 15 – 21
Location: Messe Basel, Hall 1 Süd, booth C04, Basel, CH
EXHIBITION: CAMPUS RTS
12 – 30 APRIL 2015 AT EPFL, LAUSANNE, CH
The exhibition is designed to give more insight into the future of Campus RTS and the project by OFFICE. Two competition models will be on display. The exhibition will commence with a presentation on Tuesday, May 12 at noon in the presence of:
Gilles Marchand, Director of RTS
Dominique Arlettaz, Rector of l’UNIL
André Schneider, Vice-president for resources and infrastructures, EPFL
Kersten Geers, Architect - winner of the competition
David Van Severen, Architect - winner of the competition
Luca Ortelli, President of the jury of the architectural competition
Exhibition: 'Campus RTS – Constructing Media Of Tomorrow'
Date: 12 May to 17 May 2015
Location: Archizoom, EPFL, Lausanne
— More information about the exhibition at Archizoom website
PUBLICATION: 'ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT CONTENT'
AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES IN MAY
Architecture Without Content is architecture reduced to its very perimeter. Only the economy of the envelope determines the success of the building. Its radical frugality does not make it less critical. Economy of means is the weapon of choice to express its ideology. Architecture Without Content finds its roots in the Big Box. Architecture Without Content is too big to ignore.
This set of five studio reports is a re-edition of the original booklets, made to conclude each of the studios which were held between 2011 and 2013 at Columbia University, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, TU Graz and EPFL.
Architecture Without Content consists of five volumes:
1 The Big Box
2 Contemporary Monuments
3 The Urban Paradox
4 Necessary Architecture
5 Places of Accumulation
Contributions from Kersten Geers, Joris Kritis,
Jelena Pancevac, Giovanni Piovene, Dries Rodet, Andrea Zanderigo
Publisher: Bedford Press
April 2015, English
29.7 x 21 cm, Five vols, 256 pages combined, colour ills
EXHIBITION: MANIERA 01, 02, 03, 04 & INTERLUDE 01
14 – 19 APRIL 2015
The first group show of the latest Maniera furniture at Palazzo Clerici has just finished.
The furniture of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen & Studio Anne Holtrop (Maniera 1 & 2) was presented together with pieces by Christoph Hefti and Richard Venlet with 6A Architects who will present Maniera 3 & 4 at Hotel Wolfers, in Brussels, 24 April.
Photo by DSL studio
More information: Maniera
Exhibition: Fuorisalone 2015
Location: Palazzo Clerici
Via Clerici, 5, 20121 Milano, IT
STUDIO: BOXES FOR AMERICA
FINAL REVIEW IN MAY
The studio 'Boxes for America' at the GSD in Harvard, the 13th incarnation of Architecture Without Content, is close to its end. The final review will take place on May 6th. Rita McBride, Bas Princen, Enrique Walker and Mark Lee will make the jury.
OFFICE 174: CASERNE DE REUILLY, PARIS
OFFICE, in collaboration with NP2F, is adding 120 units to the former military site in the centre of Paris.
The site will eventually house 40 000 m² of program with a focus on housing.
Location: Paris, FR
EXHIBITION: CONSTRUCTING WORLDS
The exhibition – initially designed by OFFICE for the Barbican show curated by Elias Redstone and Alona Pardo – has begun its second life in ArkDes in Stockholm. The second incarnation has been redesigned by OFFICE and appropriated for the new location. The theme remains 'Constructing Worlds', which brings together the works of 18 photographers from the 1930s and up to modern times, all of whom have changed the way we look at the architecture and the way we perceive the world.
Photo by Anders Persson
Exhibition: 'Constructing Worlds–Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age'
Date: 20 February 17 May 2015
Location: The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, ArkDes, Stockholm
OFFICE 163: ACCO SITE, LEUVEN
BUILDING PERMIT SUBMITTED
The design of the housing complex in Leuven has entered its final stage with the building permit dossier now handed in. The project, being developed for Project², will feature 12 500 m² of apartments, student housing and care units. The three buildings have been designed rather as a part of a coherent family of volumes that is carefully shaped at the edges in relation to their immediate surroundings. The complex creates an important connection through the existing urban block.
Location: Leuven, BE
More information: Project²
OFFICE 126: TWO DOOR, BAHRAIN
The structure of both Door, three floors high, has been erected and awaits the metal mesh skin that will complete their form.
Dar Al Jinaa and Dar Al Riffa are both part of a project of urban renewal in Bahrain. Each project consists of both the renovation of an existing Dar (‘house’), and a new, added Majlis (‘collective room’). The Majlis will be used as communal spaces for performances of traditional music of the pearl divers and will thus complete the existing Door.
Location: Muharrak and Riffa, BH
OFFICE 176: CAMPUS RTS, LAUSANNE
START-UP PRELIMINARY DESIGN
'RTS Champ Continu', the project for the new building for Radio Télévision Suisse in Lausanne, is starting up. After having won the competition last year followed by an intense period of organising the team, OFFICE is now ready to commence the Preliminary Design Stage.
Location: EPFL/UNIL campus in Lausanne, CH
OFFICE 130: SOLO HOUSE, MATARRAÑA
The circular concrete roof with a diameter of 45 meters has been placed on top of four rows of steel columns. Construction will now continue with sealing the building envelopes, and is expected to finish in summer 2015.
Location: Matarraña, ES
More information: Solo Houses
OFFICE 119: DER BAU, LINKEBEEK
'Der Bau' - a villa in the green belt around Brussels - is close to completion, with final touches taking place.
Painting and staining of different wooden elements is foreseen during the summer.
Location: Linkebeek, Brussels, BE
OFFICE 78: LIBRARY, GHENT
After the unpacking of the 'Bekaert Collection' and opening ceremony, the library of the Faculty of Architecture in Ghent, housing the largest collection of architecture books in Belgium, is now open to the public.
Photo by Bas Princen
Location: University of Ghent, Ghent, BE
PUBLICATION: GO HASEGAWA
CONVERSATIONS WITH EUROPEAN ARCHITECTS
OFFICE is featured in Go Hasegawa's recent publication. Publisher Lixil, 276 p, ills colour & bw, 19 x 26 cm, pb, Japanese/English, ISBN 9784864800167, Idea Code 15185.
OFFICE PART OF ‘STADBUITENSTAD’ EXHIBITION
OFFICE 56 ‘Weekend House’ in Merchtem is featured in the exhibition ‘StadBuitenStad’ in deSingel, Antwerp
Date: 27 February until 07 June 2015
Location: deSingel, Antwerp, BE
EXHIBITION: INDUSTRIAL ARCHITECTURE
12.03-17.05.2015 at CCA, MONTREAL, CA
Today, 'Industrial Architecture' has opened at the CCA in Montreal. The exhibition on the work of legendary Spanish office Ábalos & Herreros was curated by OFFICE. It is the first in a series of three shows entitled 'Out of the Box', on recently acquired archives, curated and manipulated by contemporary voices. Mirko Zardi and Giovanna Borassi selected OFFICE together with Juan José Castellón (Zurich) and SO-IL (New York) to give a fresh perspective on the work of this key office. The series will be finished by an open debate between the curators/architects and Abalos and Herreros themselves mid September, also at the CCA.
Exhibition: 'Industrial Architecture: Ábalos & Herreros selected by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen'
Date: 12 March to 17 May 2015
Location: Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, CA
— More information at the 'CCA website'
— Review in 'DOMUS' magazine
RTS COMPETITION RESULTS EXHIBITION
11.02-17.02.2015 IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has won the commission for the new building of Radio Télévision Suisse, at the EPFL/UNIL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. OFFICE's design, entitled 'RTS Champ Continu', was chosen as the winner out of 8 proposals, from offices (part of this exhibition) such as Lacaton et Vassal, Bernard Tschumi, Diller Scofidio and EM2N Mathias Müller, amongst others.
— General information and opening hours 'Exposition des résultats du concours'
— Contact at OFFICE: firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 (0)2 503 05 71
— Contact at RTS: Pascal Crittin, +41 (0)58 236 60 30
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
OFFICE WISHES YOU ALL THE BEST FOR 2015
Photo: OFFICE 130 – Solo House, Matarraña, Spain
OFFICE IS MOVING!
From December 1st, our address will be: 251 Avenue Louise, B-1050 Brussels. Please note that moving will take a week (November 24 - 28) and during this time we will have limited phone and e-mail access.
OFFICE NOMINATED FOR MVDR AWARD
'Belvedere Walraevens', the new building of the agriculture school 'De Wijnpers' in Leuven, has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The building, a result of the 2011 open call competition, is in use since this semester. More information: here.
CASERNE DE REUILLY, PARIS
COMMISSION I.C.W. NP2F
OFFICE and NP2F have won the restricted competition for renovation and transformation of 'Lot C' of the Caserne de Reuilly in Paris. The former military site will house 600 units and a central public garden. Our project will create 120 units, divided between 3 new buildings and an existing one.
The 10 000 m² project focuses on the relation between the existing and the new, emphasising on the overall consistency of the architecture and the specific conditions created by the operation. The project seeks a subtle yet straightforward relationship with the heritage building.
MOVING THE LIBRARY
A team of librarians and students are currently moving the complete collection of the faculty of Architecture and Engineering of Ghent University — containing more than 13,000 volumes — to its new home. The new library, designed and constructed by OFFICE as a large steel cupboard in a former lecture hall, will be opened on the 18th of December.
OFFICE SHORTLISTED FOR NEW VRT (FLEMISH RADIO AND TELEVISION)
OFFICE, together with KCAP Architects&Planners, was selected to participate in the Open Call competition for the new VRT Headquarters in Brussels. Ambitions are high for the new 55,000 m2 complex, which will house 2,200 employees, and should function as a modern, compact and inviting campus. The competition will run from Dec 1st until April 2015.
More information: OO2801 Brussel
OFFICE WINS NEW RTS COMPETITION
IN LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has won the commission for the new building of Radio Télévision Suisse, at the EPFL/UNIL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. OFFICE's design, entitled 'RTS Champ Continu', was chosen as the winner out of 8 proposals, from offices such as Lacaton et Vassal, Bernard Tschumi, Diller Scofidio and EM2N Mathias Müller, amongst others.
From the RTS press release:
After five months of study, the International College of Experts, composed of ten members, supported by a dozen specialists and chaired by architect and professor Luca Ortelli, have selected young Belgian architects OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen to realise the future building for RTS on the campus of the EPFL.
‘The winning project stood out from other projects,’ Luca Ortelli, chair of the jury, explains, ‘by its very original form and spatial invention, that reflect and identify the various activities of RTS (redaction, production, distribution, etc.), as well as many components open to the public (major radio and television studios, restaurant, media library). The winning project fits perfectly into its context in the vicinity of the Rolex Learning Center, taking into account the existing and future buildings on campus, while forming a hinge between the EPFL and neighbouring UNIL campuses.’
According to Gilles Marchand, director of RTS, ‘the original and modern building meets all the requirements for a good collaboration between newsrooms, radio, television and multimedia. Its design offers great flexibility in the organisation of work spaces and is an adequate response to the evolution of media. Finally, the site provides stimulating relationships between RTS and its audience and of course, the students and professors on campus.’
The 35,000 m² complex is planned to open in 2019.
Competition team: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, i.c.w. Bureau Bas Smets (landscape), Bollinger+Grohmann (structural engineer), Transsolar Klimaengineering (climatic concept), AAB J. Stryejenski & H. Monti SA (acoustics), Henk Pijpaert Engineering (MEP engineering), Bureau Bouwtechniek (cost control)
— Official 'Communiqué de presse' by RTS
— Contact at OFFICE: email@example.com, +32 (0)2 503 05 71
— Contact at RTS: Pascal Crittin, +41 (0)58 236 60 30
Photo: © RTS/Philippe Christin
ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT CONTENT
STUDIO PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE
The semester booklets of the different studios 'Architecture Without Content' at the EPFL Lausanne, Columbia University NY, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are now available for order through the EPFL's website.
SHORTLISTED FOR ICON AWARD
'Prototypes', the series of 3 tables and a chair that OFFICE designed for MANIERA, was shortlisted as 'Furniture design of the year' for this year's Icon awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4 December at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone, London. More information on the Icon Awards and Maniera. Photo by Sven Laurent.
EXHIBITION: REDCAT GALLERY, LA
A SMALL MUSEUM FOR THE AMERICAN METAPHOR
Currently the exhibition 'A Small Museum for the American Metaphor' ison show at REDCAT gallery in downtown Los Angeles. For this show director Ruth Estevez invited Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen to show the mental universe of their architectural production. The exhibition, curated by OFFICE and Ruth Estevez, brings together the work of various artists who continue to influence OFFICE's work such as Christopher Williams and Rita McBride, but also Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Harald Thys, Jos de Gruyter and Pieter Vermeersch. The show also displays different architectonic models and drawings by OFFICE, as well as by the students of recent studios and workshops. The mise-en-scene was designed by OFFICE.
Exhibition: 'A small museum for the American Metaphor', REDCAT Gallery, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.
From September 27 until January 11. Opening reception: Saturday, September 27, 6–9pm. Lecture by Kersten Geers at 4pm.
EXHIBITION AT THE BARBICAN, LONDON
'Constructing Worlds', a key exhibition on the status and influence of photography in our perception of the world, has opened at the Barbican, London. The show brings together the work of twenty photographers, including Berenice Abott, Thomas Struth, Ed Ruscha and Bas Princen. The exhibition was designed by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen and curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone.
Exhibition: 'Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age', 25 September 2014 - 11 January 2015.
Location: Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London (UK)
EXHIBITION: GRAND HORNU, MONS
WALL FOR A PAINTING FLOOR FOR A SCULPTURE
Last saturday, the OFFICE installation 'Wall for a painting, floor for a sculpture' (quoting Paul Robbrecht), featuring work by Muller Van Severen and Dan Van Severen, was opened as part of the 'Labo des Héritiers'-exhbition at Le Grand Hornu in Mons. The installation is part of the 'Labo des héritiers' exhibition which focuses on the work of the descendants of great designers, architects and artists.
Exhibition: Le Labo Des Héritiers, Sept 21, 2014 — Jan 4, 2015
Location: Grand Hornu, Mons
WORKSHOP: ROMAN ARCHITECTURE
Results of the workshop by OFFICE called 'Roman Architecture', at the Porto Academy '14, were presented at the Faculty of Architecture in Porto University. The programme also included a sold-out lecture on Sunday 27th.
More information at the website of the Porto Academy '14.
OFFICE 165: CREMATORIUM, OSTEND
COMPETITION, 1ST PRIZE
OFFICE, in collaboration with Richard Venlet and Bureau Bas Smets, has won the Open Call competion for a new Crematorium in Ostend, Belgium.
The project houses 2000 m² of program - a mix of public, administrative and technical functions - in a single story building covered by an inclined roof, dotted by roof lights and abstract shapes. The building seeks a delicate and serene connection with its surroundings and will stand as one of several new landscape elements populating the beautiful polder around Ostend.
More information on the competition here.
OFFICE 168: CONSTRUCTING WORLDS
SCENOGRAPHY AT THE BARBICAN
OFFICE designed the scenography for the upcoming Barbican exhibition 'Constructing Worlds'. The show, curated by Alona Pardo and Elias Redstone, will feature the work of 18 contemporary photographers working in close relation to architecture and the city. Works of Bas Princen will also be featured.
Exhibition: 'Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age', 25 September 2014 - 11 January 2015.
Location: Art Gallery, Barbican Centre, London (UK)
OFFICE 125: ATELIER LEROOY
The Atelier for Artist Thomas Lerooy has been completed. The project is a sequence of widening glazed spaces, set in an existing industrial structure to the rear of a plot in Brussels.
Photo by Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography — HV-studio.be
OFFICE 171: ARVO PART CENTRE
COMPETITION: HONORABLE MENTION
OFFICE received an Honorable Mention for its radical yet subtle proposal entitled ‘A House Has Many Rooms’ in the invited international competition for the Arvo Pärt Centre.
Nestled in the dense pine forests of Estonia, the building is conceived as a set of rooms that are developed in a harmonic system of related measurements, as an echo to the music of the composer Arvo Pärt. The enclosing massive wooden walls interrelate with each other and the landscape through a classical system of openings.
All competition projects can be seen here.
OFFICE 117: DRYING HALL
PRIX PHILIPPE ROTTHIER
OFFICE 117 Drying Hall has received an Honourable Mention in this years Prix Philippe Rotthier. This triennial award rewards works of collective and cultural value with regional roots and using natural and sustainable materials that draws on the genius of the European town and a dialogue with the past and with history. This year in its tenth iteration the chosen theme was "Architecture & Landscape".
See all the winning projects here.
OFFICE 155: COLONNADE, BRUSSELS
IN BUILDING PREPARATION
The housing project 'Colonnade' has entered the final stage of design, with the building permit dossier handed in. The project, which is being developed for Project², will feature ten apartments and twenty courtyard houses organised around a central colonnade, which stretches as a central void towards the street, and functions as the unifying architectural element.
More information: Project²
OFFICE 90: AGRICULTURE SCHOOL OPENED
The Agriculture School 'De Wijnpers' has been festively opened on June 6th, with an afternoon of speeches, building tours and a football tournament between the different stakeholders in the project. The opening concludes a project which has been in development since OFFICE won the Open Oproep-competition in the beginning of 2011. The building will welcome its first students coming september.
OnArchitecture features a nice video of the project.
OFFICE 119: DER BAU
ROUGH CONSTRUCTION FINISHED
Rough construction on 'Der Bau', a villa in the green belt around Brussels, has been completed. The house, set on an exceptionally beautiful terrain, features a completely openable ground floor level, squeezed between two constructive waffle structures containing a set of identical rooms.
OFFICE 78: LIBRARY
OFFICE 78: LIBRARY
CONSTRUCTION ALMOST COMPLETED
Construction of the new library of Architecture and Urbanism for the University of Ghent is almost completed. The library, which will be installed in an existing hall formerly used for Physics experiments, consists of a coated steel cupboard of three floors, which forms a new perimeter inside the hall emphasising its impressive space. Moveable perforated panels allow for various levels of accessibility and transparency.
The library staff is preparing to move in, and the opening is expected in the beginning of October. Follow the progress here.
OFFICE 144: PILOOTPROJECTEN WONEN
SECOND PHASE COMPLETED
The second phase of Pilootprojecten Wonen, a masterplan for the Ter Hoogte site in Wilrijk, has been completed. The project is the continuation of the study on the future of housing in Flanders.
The masterplan by OFFICE, for AG Vespa, focusses on developing the undefined interior of a building block in the 20th century belt of the city of Antwerp. The intervention results in a green public park in its centre and semi-private green spaces at its fringes.
The results of this study were presented to the press on the 6th of May by the minister of housing, Freya Van den Bossche and Vlaams Bouwmeester Peter Swinnen.
In collaboration with Bureau Bas Smets, 3E, Bas Princen, Milica Topalovic, Bart Verschaffel, Daidalos-Peutz and Buro Move. More information here.
OFFICE 169: MANIERA PROTOTYPES
OFFICE designed 3 tables and a chair for MANIERA. The table is both a very simple design with a clear emphasis on tectonics and an effective piece of engineering. 3 prototypes are presented, each of which consists of a specific material — industrial L sections in polyester, aluminium or steel — and size. A thick epoxy coating is poured on top of an ultra-thin tabletop, made from the same material, to soften the design.
The Solo chair is a ‘frozen’ version of the walking-stick chair “No.6822”, as designed by Thonet circa 1866, and long since out of production. A deliberately ‘open’ interpretation of the original, it's undone from its actual folding mechanism and becomes a contemplation on surface and structure. The piece of furniture is actually both a chair and a small table, the proportions of its components referring to the Solo house (see below).
Both the tables and the chair are available as limited-edition furniture from MANIERA.
In collaboration with Arthur De Roover
More information: MANIERA
Prototypes can be viewed by appointment until June 14th 2014.
Photo © 2014 Maniera - Sven Laurent
OFFICE 130: SOLO HOUSE
Construction on the OFFICE-designed Solo House in Catalunya, Spain, has started. Foundation works are underway, with the characteristic disc-like footprint now apparent on the impressive hilltop site.
More information on Solo Houses here.
EXHIBITION IN MILAN
An OFFICE contribution can be found at the exhibition 'Source Material', running now until April 12th in the Kaleidoscope Project Space. Source Material, curated by Jasper Morison, explores the references, keepsakes, objects and books that have informed, provoked and stimulated a selection of people working in several creative disciplines today.
OFFICE 133: PEARL TRAIL
PROJECT OPENED TO PUBLIC
The first two out of a total of eighteen public spaces in Muharraq, Bahrain, have been completed. Their opening ceremonies were held on March 15th.
The small-scale public squares, dotted along the Unesco world heritage 'Pearling Trail', are finished and furnished in polished concrete and cooled with a piping system. They will provide punctual microclimates, points of relief and places of interaction for visitors and inhabitants of the former pearl city.
More information on the Bahrain Pearling Trail.
In collaboration with Bureau Bas Smets and Transsolar.
OFFICE 168: LEIENTOREN
COMPETITION, 1ST PRIZE
OFFICE has won the competition for a temporary information pavilion on the Rooseveltplaats in Antwerp. The proposal is a tower constructed from steel sheet piling, its window openings cut out with blowtorches. Inside visitors will find information on the ongoing construction works on the Operaplein and Rooseveltplaats. The balcony on the central floor gives an overview of the changing city environment. The 'Leientoren' will be completed and opened in March 2015.
OFFICE WINS TWO BELGIAN PRIZES
OFFICE 56 WEEKEND HOUSE and OFFICE 47 COMPUTER SHOP each won a Belgian Prize for Architecture, in the “Single Family Housing” and “Non-Residential (Private Development)” categories respectively.
The prestigious bi-annual Belgian Prizes for Architecture & Energy were awarded on the 10th of December in the The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) by FAB. The international jury panel, comprised of Emanuel Christ (Christ & Gantenbein Arch., CH), Edouard Francois (Maison Edouard Francois, FR), Shelley Mc Namara (Grafton Arch, IE), Oana Bogdan (Bogdan & Van Broek Arch, BE) amongst others, picked our projects in two out of five categories.
OFFICE 39 VILLA BUGGENHOUT was also nominated in the category “Single family housing”.
More information on the Belgian Prize for Architecture.
OFFICE 90: AGRICULTURE SCHOOL
Construction continues with interior finishings. The school is expected to open in September 2014.
OFFICE 158: WALL PAVILION
SHENZHEN BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM AND ARCHITECTURE
OFFICE was invited by curators Jeffrey Johnson and Li Xiangning to present an installation on this year's Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, the theme of which is 'Urban Borders'. Together with photographer Bas Princen, a rationale of walls was developed. The Wall Pavilion is a cylindrical space defined by a thin brick wall. A series of large prints of ancient brick structures are shown on the inside. It reveals the two-faced nature of any perimeter, existing both as a physical border and a concept of hierarchy.
The Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture opened the 6th of December, 2013 and continues until the 20th of February 2014
OFFICE 162 NEW NCCA, MOSCOW
IN COLLABORATION WITH 51N4E
OFFICE in collaboration with 51N4E entered a radical proposal in the competition for the new National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow.
The project for the 40,000 m² museum claims its place in the urban arena of a former air field by presenting itself as a giant display of 165m by 95m, black during day and lit up at night. The display is held by four different building types; a silo, a palace, a warehouse and an office tower. Conceived as a selection of spatial types that are re-appropriated and put in sequence, the new NCCA offers flexibility without an open plan. The centre is a device, allowing conditions of difference, of alternatives, of the unexpected.
In collaboration with 51N4E.
For more information, visit the NCCA website.
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen recently completed the scenography for the exhibition 'Indomania' in Bozar, Brussels. The exhibition, part of the Europalia.India arts festival, focuses on the recurring influence and fascination India has had on European travellers since 16th century until today.
OFFICE's scenography uses reflective banners and mirroring pedestals to create a consistent structure and horizon, which guides the visitor through the different periods and themes presented in the enfilade of halls of the Bozar.
Exhibition: Indomania: from Rembrandt to the Beatles
From 16.10.2013 until 26.01.2014
3 OFFICE PROJECTS NOMINATED FOR THE BELGIAN PRIZE OF ARCHITECTURE
Villa Buggenhout (Office 39), the Weekend House in Merchtem (Office 56) and the Multiplies Computer Shop in Tielt (Office 47) have all been nominated for the Belgian Prize for Architecture and Energy. The international jury selected Villa Buggenhout and Weekend House as 2 of 5 possible winners in the category of single family housing. The computer shop will feature in the private non-residential category. All nominated projects can be seen on the award website.
Winners will be announced in Bozar, Brussels on December 10th.
Belgian Prize for Architecture & Energy
Award presentation in Bozar, Brussels on Dec. 10th 2013
OFFICE 117: ARBOR DRYING HALL
The Arbor Drying Hall in Hulshout, Belgium, has been completed, and is now in use. This hall sits in the middle of fields of potted plants of varying scales; its main purpose being to dry potted plants before distribution. The hall's tilted and skewed shape give it a changing appearance when seen from different angles.
OFFICE WINS COMPETITION
FOR NEW STARTER'S CENTER
OFFICE made the winning proposal in the competition for a new Starter's Center in Waregem, Belgium. The building, commissioned by the Provincial Development Company of West-Flanders (POM), will provide rentable working space for six young companies in various fields of work.
The project is a simple and spartan box, demonstrating a refined use of standard industrial building elements such as prefabricated concrete walls and aluminium gates. The six ateliers form a giant plinth for the luminous box on top, which contains a communal meeting room surrounded by a large green roof. The Ghent artist Willem Cole will develop the colour palette.
IN PURSUIT OF ARCHITECTURE
VILLA BUGGENHOUT PRESENTED IN NEW YORK
Office's Buggenhout Villa, realised in 2010, was selected for 'In Pursuit of Architecture', a conference in celebration of Log Magazine's tenth anniversary, as one of 10 architecture projects that have contributed to architectural discourse between 2003 and 2013. The conference, which will take place in the MOMA in New York on September 21st, will feature a series of round-table discussion between the selected architects and critics. For more information, follow this link.
Location: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Date: September 21st, 2013. Saturday 10:00-17:00
DRYING HALL MODEL ON DISPLAY IN LONDON
An impressive new model of Office 117, the drying hall for tree nursery Arbor, will feature on 'Atlas of the Unbuilt World' at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
The exhibition, part of the 2013 London Festival of Architecture, will feature 60 models of projects architects around the globe, all planned to be constructed in the following months or years. Office's project, an immense perforated steel hall which will be used to house and dry plants and trees prior to transportation, is planned to be completed this summer.
Location: The Bartlett School of Architecture, London WC1E 6AP
Date: 7-27 June 2013, Monday- Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00
OFFICE 45 ON XX MODELS MARSEILLE
The 1:1 scale detail model of Office 45: Kortrijk XPO will be featured on the second edition of ‘XX Models’ by Bozar, which takes place in Maison de l’Architecture et de la Ville in Marseille (FR), from May 17th until June 14th. For more information follow this link.
LECTURE AT EXISTENZ, LEUVEN
On Wednesday 19/3, David Van Severen will lecture on recent OFFICE projects as part of the 'Existenz week', an architecture event week organised by the Master of Leuven University. The lecture is free of charge. For more information visit www.existenz.be.
OASIS PROJECT AT THE SHARJAH BIENNIAL 11
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen is pleased to invite you to the Sharjah Biennial 11, which is open now in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. In 'Re:emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography', curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a Biennial that reassess the Westerncentrism of knowledge in modern times and reconsiders the relationship between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa and Latin America. More then 100 artists will present their work, which will include site-specific interventions, film, music and performances.
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has created a multi-site urban project. The OASIS project links SB11 Biennial venues and the North-East and South-West parts of Sharjah's historic centre which is divided by Bank street, a wide thoroughfare dating from the 1970s. The three OASIS gardens have varying degrees of public accessibility, each creating a dialogue with specific urban contexts and their users.
Event: Sharjah Biennial 11: Re:emerge —Towards a New Cultural Cartography
Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Date: March 13th 2013 — 13 May 2013
OFFICE 90: AGRICULTURE SCHOOL
Construction has begun on the Agriculture School in Leuven, and the first of the precast concrete walls are in place.
OFFICE 62: CITY VILLA
The City Villa in Brussels has been completed!
OFFICE WINS COMPETITION FOR AN APARTMENT COMPLEX
OFFICE, in collaboration with PROJECT², advvt, Meta and NoA, have won the competition for 4 apartment buildings in the Cadix neighbourhood, on Antwerp's 'Eilandje'. The project formulates a nuanced answer to the current question of sustainable living, on the edge of the city.
DOMUS 964 EDITED BY OFFICE NOW IN NEWSSTANDS
On request of main editor Joseph Grima, OFFICE created the cover and the editorial of Domus 964. Furthermore, the issue will feature extensive reviews three OFFICE projects, and the photo essay 'Doubles' by Bas Princen. This special 'curated' issue of Domus is the last of a series of 11, which started in january 2012.
Domus 964 is available in print and on iPad.
EXHIBITION THE URBAN PARADOX
The exhibition and publication 'The Urban Paradox' shows projects from the 2012 Masterstudio at the Institute of Architectural Typologies (TU Graz) lead by Visiting Professor Kersten Geers and Professor Hans Gangoly with Markus Bogensberger, Michael Langeder and Andrea Zanderigo.
Twelve carefully selected projects of 20th century architecture work as a backdrop and reference for the design of a large scale urban housing project in the city of Graz. Emphasizing the notion of architectural design as transformative process that inevitably combines appropriation and interpretation, the projects explore the question of history and monumentality in urban architecture, that is inevitably confronted with any form of inner densification of the European city.
The exhbition will run from november 29th until December 27th in the Gotische Halle of the GrazMuseum, Reinerhof, Graz (AT) and is open from Wednesday to Monday from 10h until 17h.
INTERVENTIONS AT ETABLISSEMENT D'EN FACE
Office kindly invites you to a series of interventions during two weeks at the Brussels art gallery Établissement d'en face.
The series will start with a 2G launch event on Friday 26th of October, at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a conversation with Bart Verschaffel and Bas Princen, and a concert by Different Fountains.
On Friday 2d of November, also 7 .p.m., there will be lectures and a conversation by two new Office clients: Christian Bourdais, commissioner of the Solo project in Spain, and Noura Al Sayeh, commissioner of the Door projects in Bahrain.
Finally, on Tuesday 13th of november, Pier Paulo Tamburelli and Andrea Zanderigo of Baukuh will give a lecture.
All events are open to the public, and free of charge.
More information: Projects Établissement d'en face
Location: Établissement d'en face, Ravensteinstraat 32, 1000 Brussels
ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT CONTENT
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen kindly invites you to the opening of the exhibition 'Architecture Without Content: Visualising the Collective Machinery of the Contemporary City' in the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris. This exhibition will show the work of the students made at the studio on 'Big Boxes' in Paris, run by Kersten Geers together with Andrea Zanderigo and Carola Daldoss, at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.
Exhibition: Architecture Without Content
Date: October 2nd, 19h (free entrance), until October 28th, 2012
Location: Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Paris
OFFICE 45 ON XX MODELS
The detail model of Office 45: XPO, is part of the 'XX Models' group exhibition at Bozar, in Brussels. Entrance is open to the public and free of charge.
Date: September 27th until November 25th, 2012
Location: Bozar, Brussels, BE
LE BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
For the third time in a row, Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen will participate in the Venice Biennale of Architecture, this time as part of the board of San Rocco Magazine. San Rocco was invited by this edition's curator, David Chipperfield, to contribute to the main exhbition. San Rocco's project 'Collaborations' will be on display in the Corderia in the Arsenale.
Exhibition: Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012, from August 29th until November 25th
Location: Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, IT
AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2012
The 63th issue of 2G, featuring 17 projects and 6 texts by and about OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, will be in stores by september 2012. The issue will be festively launched on the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice, on the 28th of August, in front of the Belgian pavilion. Kersten Geers and David Van Severen will be present, as well as contributors Enrique Walker and Ellis Woodman.
More information: Revista 2G
The Weekend House in Merchtem, Belgium has been completed! The project will be featured in the upcoming 2G issue.
Office's recent projects for the construction and conversion of 2 darain, a cinema and a park in Bahrain was well received by the Ministry of Culture. Building preparations will start soon.
55 000 HA POUR LA NATURE
Office was selected to participate in the ambitious urban and landscaping project '55 000 ha pour la Nature' in Bordeaux, France, as part of a large team led by the Brussels-based landscape architect Bas Smets.
JAMES STIRLING AT THE CCA
The exhibition 'Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling' in the CCA, Montreal, features excerpts from the James Stirling/Michael Wilford Archive, permitting an intimate view in the unusual architectural practice.
The exhibition design was made by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen, as an adaptation of their previous scenography for the 'Imperfect Health' exhibition in the same venue.
Exhibition: James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive, until October 14th 2012
Location: CCA, Montreal, Canada
EXHIBITION 'IMPERFECT' AT CCA
The ‘Imperfect Health’ exhibition at the Centre for Canadian Architecture in Montreal will end with a finissage on the 15th of April. Office was responsable for the scenography of the exhbition, consisting of two parallel reflecting glass walls, which divided the exisitng rooms of the exhbition venue, creating a new parcours for the visitor within the original room sequence. The Office Scenography will remain in place and be re-used in a coming exhibition on James Stirling.
For the occasion, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen have been invited to give the lecture ‘Office Speaks’ in the CCA. The will present the story of the ‘Imperfect Health’ exhibition design, and present recent work in general. April 12th, 7:00 pm. Free Admission.
LECTURE AT BERLAGE INSTITUTE
On Tuesday, April 3rd, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen are give a lecture at the Berlage Institute, titled ‘Built Work’, as part of the ‘Shft+alt+del’ lecture series.
Office 56, ‘Weekend House’ in Merchtem. Delivery expected on the 15th of April.
Office was invited to design and reconstruct two ‘Darain’ in Bahrain. These music centres of the traditional pearl divers will become important anchors in the changing urban structure.
Office will give a lecture for the UIC College of Architecture and Arts in Chicago, as part of their 2012 Spring Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the public. April 9th, 6 p.m., Gallery 1100, 845 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL, US.
The Office Scenography for ‘Een leven in mode’, the exhibition of an exceptional collection of historical women’s clothing, has opened at the MOMU in Antwerp. The exhibition will run until August 12th 2012.
‘Ark’, Office’s design for a community centre in Tiruá, Chile, as part of the ‘Meta Project’ curated by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, was approved by the local City Council.
Office finishes the tendering dossier for the Agriculture school ‘De Wijnpers’ in Leuven. Construction is planned to start end of 2012.
Office wins third prize in the competition for the extension of the Sankt Gallen museum of Art. Project in collaboration with Dan Budik and B+G.
Office wins the competition for Masterplan Emiel Vloorssite in Antwerp. Project in collaboration with Technum/Tritel.
Office’s installation ‘Garden & Pavillion’, as part of the exhibition 'Architectural Environments for Tomorrow' at MOT Tokyo, curated by Kazuyo Sejima, has opened to the public. The exhibition will run from 29.10. till 15.01.
Exhibition 'Imperfect Health' at CCA Montreal – Scenography by Office (until April 2012)
Office has been invited to design a community centre in Tiruá, CL, as part of the ‘Meta Project’, curated by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen.
Office 62, ‘Villa Schor’, is under construction in Brussels, BE. Completion is expected in spring 2012.
Construction has started on Office 56, ‘Keywan’ in Merchtem, BE. Completion is expected in winter 2012.
Office’s design for the temporary museum in the Fabiola Hall of the KMSKA, Antwerp, BE, has opened for the public.
The projects ‘Villa Voka’ and Kortrijk Xpo have both been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011.
Office has won the Open Call competition for a new agriculture school in Leuven, BE, with the project ‘Belvedere Walraevens’.