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Sculpture house in Belgium by Jacques Gillet

Stephanie Van de Voorde (UGent) , Ronald De Meyer (UGent) , Emiel De Kooning (UGent) , Luc Taerwe (UGent) and Rik Van de Walle (UGent)
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The Belgian architect Jacques Gillet designed the sculpture house in Liege (1967-1968) as a synthesis of structure and form, collaborating on this project with the sculptor Felix Roulin and the engineer Rene Greisch. This 'living-sculpture' was undertaken by the team as a reaction against the general pressure of that time towards standardisation of forms in architecture, in which an artistic poverty and deficiency needed to be counterbalanced through collaboration with sculptors and painters. The merit of the artistic collaboration is evident when looking at the scheme of the building yard. The materials and techniques used gave the team a creative liberty: steel bars were folded, and placed one by one, to enhance the contingency between nature, space, material and poetry. A metal mesh was affixed to the steel bars and the ultimate form was then secured by projecting a fast setting concrete onto it: direct, immediate and efficient. The exterior is just the mere envelope of the interior; no additional structure whatsoever was necessary. The structure was left bare on the outside, postulating a true unity between form and material.
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gun concrete, Felix Roulin, architecture, Jacques Gillet, Belgium, organic, Rene Greisch, sculpture house

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Van de Voorde, Stephanie, Ronald De Meyer, Emiel De Kooning, Luc Taerwe, and Rik Van de Walle. 2006. “Sculpture House in Belgium by Jacques Gillet.” In Wit Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, ed. CA Brebbia, 87:49–59. Southampton, England: WIT PRESS.
APA
Van de Voorde, S., De Meyer, R., De Kooning, E., Taerwe, L., & Van de Walle, R. (2006). Sculpture house in Belgium by Jacques Gillet. In CA Brebbia (Ed.), WIT TRANSACTIONS ON ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (Vol. 87, pp. 49–59). Presented at the 3rd International Conference on Design and Nature, Southampton, England: WIT PRESS.
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Van de Voorde S, De Meyer R, De Kooning E, Taerwe L, Van de Walle R. Sculpture house in Belgium by Jacques Gillet. In: Brebbia C, editor. WIT TRANSACTIONS ON ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Southampton, England: WIT PRESS; 2006. p. 49–59.
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Van de Voorde, Stephanie, Ronald De Meyer, Emiel De Kooning, et al. “Sculpture House in Belgium by Jacques Gillet.” Wit Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. Ed. CA Brebbia. Vol. 87. Southampton, England: WIT PRESS, 2006. 49–59. Print.
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  abstract     = {The Belgian architect Jacques Gillet designed the sculpture house in Liege (1967-1968) as a synthesis of structure and form, collaborating on this project with the sculptor Felix Roulin and the engineer Rene Greisch. This 'living-sculpture' was undertaken by the team as a reaction against the general pressure of that time towards standardisation of forms in architecture, in which an artistic poverty and deficiency needed to be counterbalanced through collaboration with sculptors and painters. The merit of the artistic collaboration is evident when looking at the scheme of the building yard. The materials and techniques used gave the team a creative liberty: steel bars were folded, and placed one by one, to enhance the contingency between nature, space, material and poetry. A metal mesh was affixed to the steel bars and the ultimate form was then secured by projecting a fast setting concrete onto it: direct, immediate and efficient. The exterior is just the mere envelope of the interior; no additional structure whatsoever was necessary. The structure was left bare on the outside, postulating a true unity between form and material.},
  author       = {Van de Voorde, Stephanie and De Meyer, Ronald and De Kooning, Emiel and Taerwe, Luc and Van de Walle, Rik},
  booktitle    = {WIT TRANSACTIONS ON ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT},
  editor       = {Brebbia, CA},
  isbn         = {1-84564-166-3},
  issn         = {1746-448X},
  keyword      = {gun concrete,Felix Roulin,architecture,Jacques Gillet,Belgium,organic,Rene Greisch,sculpture house},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {New Forest, ENGLAND},
  pages        = {49--59},
  publisher    = {WIT PRESS},
  title        = {Sculpture house in Belgium by Jacques Gillet},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/DN060051},
  volume       = {87},
  year         = {2006},
}

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