Robbrecht en Daem is a Gent-based architecture office, searching for limits and correspondences between art and architecture. Cooparationg with various artists (such as Gerhard Richter, Franz West, Isa Genzken, Julia Iglesias, Juan Munoz, Raoul de Keyzer) Robbrecht en Daem do not use art as a decorative element to their architecture – what they explore is an interactive field offering generous space for human life. ÖGFA invited Paul Robbrecht on Friday for an interesting (but long!! about two hours!) lecture, explaining their work in seven steps, to be seen as an indication for architecture close to humans and open for costructive discourse.
I. LYING DOWN/ II. WAITING AND RAMPING AROUND/ III. WALKING AND STANDING STILL/ VI. COLORS AND BEING ALONE/ V. THE ABYSS. THE CHAOS IS A GAP, A ROCK/ VI. THE FLOW. THE RESTLING. PEOPLE AND ANIMALS/ VII. ORANGES, CIRCLES AND SPIRALS
The project I love the most is to be found in the City of Antwerp, Leopold van Waels Square. One can see the Royal Museum of Fine Arts being reflected on the water`s surface, while it`s standing still. One will see low water, when getting into the museum – spying the basin filled with water, coming out of it. The project was formed in collaboration with Spanish artist and sculptor Cristina Iglesias.
benches designed by fabulous Anne Demeulemeester, Antwerp Fashion Designer
photography (c) Christien Daem