Profile of Dierendonckblancke Architects, headquartered in Belgium. Two projects submitted by Dierendonckblancke Architects have been published on Architecture News Plus (ANP).
The office of dierendonckblancke architects founded by Alexander Dierendonck and Isabelle Blancke, has been located in Ghent, Belgium since June 1999. After graduating from the Sint-Lucas Institute for Higher Learning, they both worked at various architecture firms in Paris, France.
The firm’s approach to design could be described as ‘no nonsense’. The starting point for the design is always the program of requirements, with its various parameters and all its restrictions. There is no preset attitude, so that there can never be said in advance that we are going to tackle it like this or like that. No mannerism, no desire to create anything that does not stem from the preconditions of design. This leads to a design method in which the building is first marked out schematically and organizationally and where, by constant feedback, its materialization and the constructional aspects are then developed. We see a building as a machine, where function prevails over everything else. This is the only way that an architect can adequately respond to the changing parameters of society. The poetry of architecture is only created after the regeneration of the obvious pre-existing conditions into a building that can be built durably and used logically.