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Architecture Talk: Robbrecht en Daem

13 October 2016 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


The School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art had the pleasure of hosting a presentation by Paul and Johannes Robbrecht of world-renowned architectural practice Robbrecht en Daem.

From dovecote to concert hall, from art gallery to municipal archives... the oeuvre of Robbrecht en Daem architecten includes a constant relationship between architectural design and the visual or performing arts by inviting artists to create works of art within the framework of architectural commissions. Their architecture takes an outspoken, contemporary and humane position that always relates to the wider cultural context of science and art. Their sturdy designs are never unequivocal, nor do they ever expressly pursue simplicity. Since the completion of the Whitechapel Gallery, the office has a particular interest in the complex and instructive urban tissue of London.

Robbrecht en Daem is one of seven shortlisted practices for the RCA’s Battersea South competition. The practice was a shortlisted Finalist in the European ‘Prize Mies van der Rohe’ with the Markethall and Centre Squares, Ghent in 2013, and was awarded the Icon Award, Architectural Practice of the Year in 2014.

Talks in the series:
Christian Kerez, Friday 30 September, 6pm
Ascan Mergenthaler, Herzog & de Meuron: Monday 3 October, 11am
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang: Monday 3 October, 6.30pm
Christopher Lee, Serie Architects: Thursday 6 October, 4pm
Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm
Jean Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal: Monday 10 October, 6.30pm
Paul Robbrecht and Johannes Robbrecht, Robbrecht en Daem: Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm