Education.When I was 16, I decided to study Civil Engineeringin Architecture at the Catholic University of Leuven.During my bachelors I shifted the Centre of gravitytowards the human side and become an honorablearchitect. Thus widening my view by addingpsychology, sociology and anthropology to myregular courses, visiting any lecture or workshopwithin my reach and spending holidays atarchitecture offices.
Work.The weekend after my graduation I started, as anarchitect, in the multi-disciplinary firm called StudioArne Quinze. Inevitably the edges of myarchitectural cast started to erode by the many otherdisciplines such as: interior, furniture and graphicdesign…After some years I orientated myself towards urbanmaster planning by working for Wit architecten. Nextto it, I have private work in Switzerland and Belgium.
Journey.2006 three months intensive internship at Quinzeand Milan – five days workshop with Zaha Hadid2007 Studio Arne Quinze – realized a private house– realized the lounge in Carré Club – designed atower in Bucharest – designed two towers inBrussels2009 Wit architecten – conceived the master plan forthe quays of Antwerp – designed the master plan forthe rehabilitation Centre in Pellenberg – realized ashoe store and private house in Geneva
Snapshots.People have the tendency to surround themselveswith things they admire, such as: your friends, yourchairs, your music ... They build a physical library.Nowadays it is possible to surpass and get rid ofthese physical restraints. You can takepictures, shoot video’s, record sound ... That’ swhy, when I move around, my iPhone is never faraway and I hive away digital data for pos- sible lateruse.
Workshop - Zaha Hadid.During my fourth year at university I wasassigned, together with two other students, toparticipate in a five days international architecturalworkshop called: “thinking the future of SymbolicPlaces”.The main objectives was:- reflecting on the purpose and future of “places ofmemory and remembrance”- research on memorials and heritage
Final work – K.U.L.I decided to locate my thesis in Bucharest, Romania.A city with an extreme poverty rate, many chaos anda growing discrepancy between private and public...Despite these almost inhuman conditions, people(on their private property) displayed an unrestrainedcreativity. Thus I wanted to provide a structure whichdid not obstruct the creativity of its future users.A structure meant for living, working, leisure...
Private residence - Roeselare.Providing an area where shelter is more importantthan captivity, materialised through large as well assmall scale gestures. Resulted in two horizontalplates, framing the surrounding garden from theinside. The feeling of captivity is countered bypositioning the walls according to an “open corner”principle. The inevitable straight confrontations aremitigated and made impalpable by rounded plasterand plinths.
Tower - Bucharest.The program consisted of 70% offices, 5%apartments, 15% shops, 10% restaurants and bars.All together 30.000sqm. The volumetric of thebuilding is the result of numerous attempts inconvincing Arne Quinze. (of course we couldn’tmake is a NY Sanaa building) Because the plot wasrelatively small, the focus lay on a small footprint.This gave us the chance to create a little landscapearound the base of the building and give the citizenssomething in return.
RAC - Brussels.The layout and looks were an idea of “the master”himself (Arne Quinze). His assertion during thepreliminary phase was “creativity could not bebonded with money”. And so we went on andon, convincing the client and the city. The programwasn’t the easiest one: a hotelcomplex, apartments, offices, a museum, apark, metro connections, underground railroadrestrictions, an electricity hub, the firehouse, theconnection between high and low Brussels...
Carré Lounge - Willebroek.The space literally had to lure its clients inside, as itdidn’t have any connection to the main dance room.We used bright red colours at the entrance, fadinginto dark brown, sand, grey and silver. As the titlesuggests, it were all square tiles. This form was auseful tool for making the tablets attached to thewall, inserting mirrors in the gradient and stitching allfunctions together. All fixed furniture was custommade and upholstered by Studio Arne Quinze.
Quays of the Scheldt - Antwerp.In 2005 the city of Antwerp and the Flemishgovernment concluded they needed a planningstrategy for the reconstruction of the Scheldt quays.The first step in this process was the development ofa master plan that investigates a global attitude forthe public space, the rise of the water barrier and thequay wall stabilisation. The team composed by Witarchitecten, Proap and D-recta won the internationalcompetition.
UZ Pellenberg. - Pellenberg.Wit architecten + Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos won themaster plan for the revalidation centre in Pellenberg.The master plan is based on 6 principles. 1 Slimdown the existing building 2 Emphasis theborderline between forest and open land 3 Proposetwo parallel swings 4 Clarify the mobility 5 Use thehill as a great chance and possibility 6 Provide aninfrastructural backbone as a guide for futureexpansions.
Slim down the building Forest vs open land Parallel swings Mobility
Shoe store. - Geneva.The store concealed 25sqm floor surface and a 4 mhigh ceiling. The client wanted to store, expose andsell her shoes at those 25sqm. Keeping in mind thevarying size of shoe boxes during winter andsummer.I divided the store into two parts, a closed part in theback and an open one in the front. The closed partconsisted of a big storage closet. The open spacewas exposition area.
Private residence - Geneva.The less I do the better the result will be.Demarking freedom and responsibilities amongclient and architect was my main task. I did so byinsisting on 3 elements: a cupboard, tablet and floor.They provide framework and canvas on which theclient can shape its eclecticism.Who am I to compel clients with a certain way of life.
The new modulor?Start with 30x30cm and multiply by your intuition.