For the renowned Ghent-based architectural firm, their Japanese adventure was an opportunity to place Belgian architecture in a broader perspective: how is architecture perceived in a changed social and spatial context? Which elements are retained, and what adjustments does the specific context demand?
“Re-Practice Re-Visit Re-Turn – Back from Japan”
20 February – 14 June, 2020
deSingel International Arts Campus – Expo
Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
In autumn 2019, architects de vylder vinck tallieu were invited by the Toto Gallery to exhibit their work in Tokyo. The Ghent-based architectural firm took advantage of this invitation to set up research into the similarities and differences in the Japanese and Flemish approach to architecture.
In collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, they set up a design-based study. But rather than calling it ‘re-search’, they dubbed it ‘re-practice’. de vylder vinck tallieu’s projects were modelled and reinterpreted in a new context.
‘RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN’ showcases the design-based research in Tokyo: eleven projects by the architects de vylder vinck tallieu are given a fresh meaning in a Japanese context, as eleven Japanese mirror-images. The same methodology was applied to the global cities of London and Istanbul, with a view to exhibiting these results at deSingel too.
While the exhibition was running in Tokyo, the international design studios were working on projects from a variety of designers from Flanders and Brussels, including Juliaan Lampens, Jos Vandriessche, 51N4E, Office Kersten Geerts David Van Severen, Bob Van Reeth, Marie-José Van Hee and others. Moreover, in both Tokyo and Istanbul, local reference projects were used. This again led to mirror images in two different contexts. ‘RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN’ therefore shows a series of ensembles that reinterpret architecture from Flanders and Brussels in three different social and spatial contexts.