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Brussels Beer Project nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award 2024

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Public library in Sint-Martens-Latem completed

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Liège architecture faculty, competition 1st prize

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Aga Kahn Award for Architecture

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LECTURE AT COOPER UNION, NEW YORK

At a time when our world seems to become increasingly ephemeral and artificial, with technology expanding the notion of digital representation, mediated perception of reality and self-generated content are the new normal. Immersive VR and deepfakes are nothing but a highly sophisticated simulacrum of our own desires. Reality is the ultimate thing architecture can still offer. "Architecture and Everything" is the title of Kersten Geers' lecture at Cooper Union in New York on the 30th of January at 6.30 pm, presenting recent OFFICE work and focusing on architectural form and materiality as a means for shaping our urban and social reality.

25.01.2024

Lecture

LECTURE AT COOPER UNION, NEW YORK

At a time when our world seems to become increasingly ephemeral and artificial, with technology expanding the notion of digital representation, mediated perception of reality and self-generated content are the new normal. Immersive VR and deepfakes are nothing but a highly sophisticated simulacrum of our own desires. Reality is the ultimate thing architecture can still offer. "Architecture and Everything" is the title of Kersten Geers' lecture at Cooper Union in New York on the 30th of January at 6.30 pm, presenting recent OFFICE work and focusing on architectural form and materiality as a means for shaping our urban and social reality.

OFFICE 334: FAÇADE MOCKUP

The construction of the Office Building in rue Montoyer, Brussels, is moving forward. A mockup of the façade was produced and assembled by Allaerts Aluminium and Limeparts Droogmans. The façade detail plays a major role in this renovation project, creating a strong, recognizable identity and accommodating the ventilation network to gain free height for the workspaces and to enlarge facade openings. We are looking forward to seeing the façade elements placed on-site!

24.01.2024

OFFICE 334 – Office building

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OFFICE 334: FAÇADE MOCKUP

The construction of the Office Building in rue Montoyer, Brussels, is moving forward. A mockup of the façade was produced and assembled by Allaerts Aluminium and Limeparts Droogmans. The façade detail plays a major role in this renovation project, creating a strong, recognizable identity and accommodating the ventilation network to gain free height for the workspaces and to enlarge facade openings. We are looking forward to seeing the façade elements placed on-site!

SIMPLE ARCHITECTURE

OFFICE is part of the exhibition "Actualité de l’architecture simple” on the Villa Baizeau by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret in Carthage, Tunisia. The exhibition is curated by Roberto Gargiani, and explores the historical aspect of the building, its context, the relationship between the architect and the client, but also introduces a contemporary dimension, as Gargiani asked several architects for their own interpretation of Corbusian principles. OFFICE’s contribution revives the Five points of architecture with OFFICE 39 Villa Buggenhout as a case study. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue, and a colloquium during which Kersten Geers and David Van Severen will give a lecture. The exhibition is on view from January 15th to May 15th at the cultural centre 32bis in Tunis. More info on the exhibition, the catalogue and the general program can be found here Organised by Chacha Atallah and La Boîte. Photo by Thomas Bilanges

15.01.2024

Exhibition

Villa Baizeau H

SIMPLE ARCHITECTURE

OFFICE is part of the exhibition "Actualité de l’architecture simple” on the Villa Baizeau by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret in Carthage, Tunisia. The exhibition is curated by Roberto Gargiani, and explores the historical aspect of the building, its context, the relationship between the architect and the client, but also introduces a contemporary dimension, as Gargiani asked several architects for their own interpretation of Corbusian principles. OFFICE’s contribution revives the Five points of architecture with OFFICE 39 Villa Buggenhout as a case study. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue, and a colloquium during which Kersten Geers and David Van Severen will give a lecture. The exhibition is on view from January 15th to May 15th at the cultural centre 32bis in Tunis. More info on the exhibition, the catalogue and the general program can be found here Organised by Chacha Atallah and La Boîte. Photo by Thomas Bilanges

EXPERIMENTS IN THICKNESS

Giancarlo de Carlo first visited Urbino in 1951 to carry out a minor refurbishment of the offices of the rector of the University. This was the beginning of his lifetime engagement with the small town where he continued working over the next five decades. This book is part of the Everything without Content series, and it presents the work De Carlo built in Urbino in the 1960s and 70s, in the shadow of his involvement in Team 10 debates that challenged modernist doctrines on architecture and urbanism. The eight buildings are presented in drawings by students of the Academy of Architecture USI, Mendrisio, and photographs by Stefano Graziani. Published by Verlag Walther und Franz König, the book will be available in December 2023.

01.12.2023

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EXPERIMENTS IN THICKNESS

Giancarlo de Carlo first visited Urbino in 1951 to carry out a minor refurbishment of the offices of the rector of the University. This was the beginning of his lifetime engagement with the small town where he continued working over the next five decades. This book is part of the Everything without Content series, and it presents the work De Carlo built in Urbino in the 1960s and 70s, in the shadow of his involvement in Team 10 debates that challenged modernist doctrines on architecture and urbanism. The eight buildings are presented in drawings by students of the Academy of Architecture USI, Mendrisio, and photographs by Stefano Graziani. Published by Verlag Walther und Franz König, the book will be available in December 2023.

OFFICE 349: ATELIER VAN DE VELDE CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Construction works have started on the atelier for the Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde. The building is located in the flood-prone area in the southern outskirts of Leuven. The lower facade of this simple concrete box is thus pierced with round perforations to allow controlled flooding of a crawlspace below the raised ground floor. Hanging from the longer edges of the flat roof are two aluminium canopies—one fixed and one adjustable—which provide a sense of privacy and covered outdoor space. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024. For more info see the project page.

20.11.2023

OFFICE 349 – Atelier Van de Velde

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OFFICE 349: ATELIER VAN DE VELDE CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Construction works have started on the atelier for the Belgian artist Rinus Van de Velde. The building is located in the flood-prone area in the southern outskirts of Leuven. The lower facade of this simple concrete box is thus pierced with round perforations to allow controlled flooding of a crawlspace below the raised ground floor. Hanging from the longer edges of the flat roof are two aluminium canopies—one fixed and one adjustable—which provide a sense of privacy and covered outdoor space. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024. For more info see the project page.

THE INCOMPLETE RATIONALISM OF OFFICE BY ROBERTO GARGIANI

The Incomplete Rationalism presents OFFICE projects through a critical analysis based on archive documents. The OFFICE projects appeared in the early 2000s and gained prominence as new forms of digital collage with a cultural engagement. The author traces the evolution of their early ideas developed as paper architecture to the current buildings of a significant scale and presence. The underlying argument of the book demonstrates OFFICE’s ability to preserve in every project the spark of a theoretical construction. Published by Verlag Walther und Franz König.

10.11.2023

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THE INCOMPLETE RATIONALISM OF OFFICE BY ROBERTO GARGIANI

The Incomplete Rationalism presents OFFICE projects through a critical analysis based on archive documents. The OFFICE projects appeared in the early 2000s and gained prominence as new forms of digital collage with a cultural engagement. The author traces the evolution of their early ideas developed as paper architecture to the current buildings of a significant scale and presence. The underlying argument of the book demonstrates OFFICE’s ability to preserve in every project the spark of a theoretical construction. Published by Verlag Walther und Franz König.

OFFICE 280: BREWERY NOMINATED FOR 2024 EU MIES AWARD

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are proud to announce today the 2024 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Awards (EUmies Awards) nominees. A total of 362 significant works realized all over 38 different European countries. Among the nominated projects is OFFICE 280 Brewery for Brussels Beer Project (BBP) built in 2022. You can find more info on the EUmies Award here.

20.10.2023

OFFICE 280 – Brewery

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OFFICE 280: BREWERY NOMINATED FOR 2024 EU MIES AWARD

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe are proud to announce today the 2024 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Awards (EUmies Awards) nominees. A total of 362 significant works realized all over 38 different European countries. Among the nominated projects is OFFICE 280 Brewery for Brussels Beer Project (BBP) built in 2022. You can find more info on the EUmies Award here.

OFFICE 229: PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENING

OFFICE 229 Public library in Sint-Martens-Latem is nearing completion and will open its doors on October 14th. Meanwhile, books are being placed on the wooden shelves along the perimeter that also function as load-bearing structure. The new public library will serve as a central gathering place for the local community. In the tradition of a cultural and communal centre, the library is set up as a large living space shared by the residents, and it will be actively used by the adjacent school. A saddle-shaped roof, typical of the surrounding detached houses, is here combined with a circular plan. This simple formal gesture makes a distinctive figure within its urban setting.

14.10.2023

OFFICE 229 – Public Library

229 Library

OFFICE 229: PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENING

OFFICE 229 Public library in Sint-Martens-Latem is nearing completion and will open its doors on October 14th. Meanwhile, books are being placed on the wooden shelves along the perimeter that also function as load-bearing structure. The new public library will serve as a central gathering place for the local community. In the tradition of a cultural and communal centre, the library is set up as a large living space shared by the residents, and it will be actively used by the adjacent school. A saddle-shaped roof, typical of the surrounding detached houses, is here combined with a circular plan. This simple formal gesture makes a distinctive figure within its urban setting.

OFFICE 370: ARCHITECTURE FACULTY
EXHIBITION – BUILDING PEDAGOGY

OFFICE 370 Architecture Faculty—the winning project for the new Faculty of Architecture in Liège—will feature in the exhibition "Building Pedagogy", together with the five shortlisted projects. The exhibition will open at the faculty on September 26, with a public conversation between Véronique Patteeuw and the five competing teams. The exhibition, accompanied by a cycle of conferences and weekly events, will be open until October 24. The exhibition will conclude with a conversation between OFFICE, Christophe Van Gerreway, and Pierre Chabard. Additional information can be found on the faculty website.

26.09.2023

Exhibition

OFFICE 370: ARCHITECTURE FACULTY
EXHIBITION – BUILDING PEDAGOGY

OFFICE 370 Architecture Faculty—the winning project for the new Faculty of Architecture in Liège—will feature in the exhibition "Building Pedagogy", together with the five shortlisted projects. The exhibition will open at the faculty on September 26, with a public conversation between Véronique Patteeuw and the five competing teams. The exhibition, accompanied by a cycle of conferences and weekly events, will be open until October 24. The exhibition will conclude with a conversation between OFFICE, Christophe Van Gerreway, and Pierre Chabard. Additional information can be found on the faculty website.

OFFICE 324: VRT FIRST GROUNDBREAKING + ART INTEGRATION

The demolitions and excavations have been completed on site for OFFICE 324, the new headquarters of VRT (Flemish Radio and Television) in Brussels, and the first prefabricated columns are currently being placed on the foundation slab. The traditional groundbreaking ceremony will therefore take place on October 4, with VRT and the full team of Consortium VRT Morgen (OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Jaspers-Eyers Architects, Bureau Bas Smets, Willemen, Jan De Nul, EEG, Tractebel, CES, idealAcoustics). VRT also officially announced the selection of two internationally renowned artists for the art integration in the new building: Matt Mullican and Sophie Nys. The first will focus on the public access to the TV studios, and the second on an open-air installation in the park, that has been preserved thanks to the very compact proposal that left one-fifth of the project site untouched.

21.09.2023

OFFICE 324 – VRT

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OFFICE 324: VRT FIRST GROUNDBREAKING + ART INTEGRATION

The demolitions and excavations have been completed on site for OFFICE 324, the new headquarters of VRT (Flemish Radio and Television) in Brussels, and the first prefabricated columns are currently being placed on the foundation slab. The traditional groundbreaking ceremony will therefore take place on October 4, with VRT and the full team of Consortium VRT Morgen (OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Jaspers-Eyers Architects, Bureau Bas Smets, Willemen, Jan De Nul, EEG, Tractebel, CES, idealAcoustics). VRT also officially announced the selection of two internationally renowned artists for the art integration in the new building: Matt Mullican and Sophie Nys. The first will focus on the public access to the TV studios, and the second on an open-air installation in the park, that has been preserved thanks to the very compact proposal that left one-fifth of the project site untouched.

STUDIO AT HARVARD GSD

There is a famed anecdotal evidence that designing a tower is easier than designing a chair. The fall semester studio at Harvard GSD by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen takes the tower as the ultimate architectural object, of which New York is the indisputable place of origin: an accidental type, stemming from sheer real-estate speculation. In an attempt to do justice to the radical idea of the tower, and its supreme indifference, we propose to embrace one of the many available towers in the New York skyline and make a duplicate of it: New York New York. What happens when we copy an object as a building; how does it transform; what and who is it for; what makes it relevant; what changes in a hundred, or just twenty years; what are the potentials of a seemingly outdated figure… Many questions to answer in one semester, but we can only try.

16.09.2023

Office Without Office

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STUDIO AT HARVARD GSD

There is a famed anecdotal evidence that designing a tower is easier than designing a chair. The fall semester studio at Harvard GSD by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen takes the tower as the ultimate architectural object, of which New York is the indisputable place of origin: an accidental type, stemming from sheer real-estate speculation. In an attempt to do justice to the radical idea of the tower, and its supreme indifference, we propose to embrace one of the many available towers in the New York skyline and make a duplicate of it: New York New York. What happens when we copy an object as a building; how does it transform; what and who is it for; what makes it relevant; what changes in a hundred, or just twenty years; what are the potentials of a seemingly outdated figure… Many questions to answer in one semester, but we can only try.

OFFICE 316: 25 COLUMNS
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Construction is advancing at a fast pace for OFFICE 316 25 Columns, a summer house in Plintsberg, Sweden, built completely out of cross-laminated timber and aluminum elements. Situated on a sloped landscape, twenty-five round columns raise the villa overlooking a forest and a lake. The house is approached from the road above, making the roof a prominent fifth façade. The roof is cladded in aluminum sheets and softly reflects the surroundings, allowing the house to dissolve into the landscape while protecting it from the harsh weather. The house is expected to be completed in March 2024, and the construction process is currently being documented by Grand Design Sweden.

15.09.2023

OFFICE 316 – 25 Columns

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OFFICE 316: 25 COLUMNS
UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Construction is advancing at a fast pace for OFFICE 316 25 Columns, a summer house in Plintsberg, Sweden, built completely out of cross-laminated timber and aluminum elements. Situated on a sloped landscape, twenty-five round columns raise the villa overlooking a forest and a lake. The house is approached from the road above, making the roof a prominent fifth façade. The roof is cladded in aluminum sheets and softly reflects the surroundings, allowing the house to dissolve into the landscape while protecting it from the harsh weather. The house is expected to be completed in March 2024, and the construction process is currently being documented by Grand Design Sweden.

OFFICE 334: OFFICE BUILDING
CONSTRUCTION STARTED

The project for the renovation of an office building at the corner of rue de la Science and rue Montoyer in the European quarter in Brussels is now under construction. The project aims to define a strategy for the reuse of existing buildings by freeing the floor height from techniques and integrating ventilation ducts in the facade, in order to magnify the spatial quality of the office floors and preserve as much as possible the existing structure. Architecturally, the facade mesh creates a strong, recognisable identity, and allows the facade openings to be enlarged to amplify natural lighting. The project started in 2021 and is expected to be delivered in 2025.

In collaboration with LD2, Kollektif and Alides.

14.09.2023

OFFICE 334 – Office building

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OFFICE 334: OFFICE BUILDING
CONSTRUCTION STARTED

The project for the renovation of an office building at the corner of rue de la Science and rue Montoyer in the European quarter in Brussels is now under construction. The project aims to define a strategy for the reuse of existing buildings by freeing the floor height from techniques and integrating ventilation ducts in the facade, in order to magnify the spatial quality of the office floors and preserve as much as possible the existing structure. Architecturally, the facade mesh creates a strong, recognisable identity, and allows the facade openings to be enlarged to amplify natural lighting. The project started in 2021 and is expected to be delivered in 2025.

In collaboration with LD2, Kollektif and Alides.

STUDIO AT AA USI, Mendrisio

This semester studio in Mendrisio unfolds from the 14th Milano Triennale "Large Number" by Giancarlo de Carlo. The 1968 Triennale alluded with foresight to the urgency of readdressing the legacy of the Modern Project, subverting the relationship between architecture, city and landscape, and broadening the mechanisms of participation and inclusion in their design process. The studio will focus on Charleroi, modern city “par excellence”, that fell with the decay of steel industries and coal production in the late 20th century. By simultaneously addressing landscape and urban planning, today Charleroi is laying the groundwork to fulfill the promises for a “Green Archipelago”. Within this wider framework, students will focus on projects for collective living, as fragments to contribute to a legible larger whole: “Everything Glorious”. 

13.09.2023

Office Without Office

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STUDIO AT AA USI, Mendrisio

This semester studio in Mendrisio unfolds from the 14th Milano Triennale "Large Number" by Giancarlo de Carlo. The 1968 Triennale alluded with foresight to the urgency of readdressing the legacy of the Modern Project, subverting the relationship between architecture, city and landscape, and broadening the mechanisms of participation and inclusion in their design process. The studio will focus on Charleroi, modern city “par excellence”, that fell with the decay of steel industries and coal production in the late 20th century. By simultaneously addressing landscape and urban planning, today Charleroi is laying the groundwork to fulfill the promises for a “Green Archipelago”. Within this wider framework, students will focus on projects for collective living, as fragments to contribute to a legible larger whole: “Everything Glorious”. 

OFFICE 176: RTS
STEEL STRUCTURE COMPLETED

The assembly of the steel structure of the champ has been completed on site for OFFICE 176, the headquarters of the Swiss Radio and Television building in Lausanne, Switzerland. The field is an open platform, thought as a small city that will host the newsroom. It is a 6000m2 space, 5m high, supported by four volumes (emergences) and a set of Warren trusses spanning up to 60m, which define orientation and flexible office areas. The emergences contain all TV studios and other video and multimedia production spaces. The project for RTS was awarded the first prize in an international competition held in 2015. The building delivery is planned for 2025.

In collaboration with Fehlmann Architects.

31.08.2023

OFFICE 176 – RTS

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OFFICE 176: RTS
STEEL STRUCTURE COMPLETED

The assembly of the steel structure of the champ has been completed on site for OFFICE 176, the headquarters of the Swiss Radio and Television building in Lausanne, Switzerland. The field is an open platform, thought as a small city that will host the newsroom. It is a 6000m2 space, 5m high, supported by four volumes (emergences) and a set of Warren trusses spanning up to 60m, which define orientation and flexible office areas. The emergences contain all TV studios and other video and multimedia production spaces. The project for RTS was awarded the first prize in an international competition held in 2015. The building delivery is planned for 2025.

In collaboration with Fehlmann Architects.

On June 30, David Van Severen will participate in the Lviv Urban Forum in Ukraine, which will bring together international and Ukrainian urban planners with mayors and heads of communities. The lecture titled “Architectural Values with Simple Means” will take place during the roundtable with members of the Kharkiv School of Architecture (Anna Pomazanna, Oleg Drozdov), Shigeru Ban and Stefan Behnisch. Additional info can be found here.

14.06.2023

Lecture

On June 30, David Van Severen will participate in the Lviv Urban Forum in Ukraine, which will bring together international and Ukrainian urban planners with mayors and heads of communities. The lecture titled “Architectural Values with Simple Means” will take place during the roundtable with members of the Kharkiv School of Architecture (Anna Pomazanna, Oleg Drozdov), Shigeru Ban and Stefan Behnisch. Additional info can be found here.

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