XDGA wins Flemish Culture Award for Architecture 2014 with Square Rogier

Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner of the BigMat Architecture Award— was awarded with the biennial Flemish Culture Award for Architecture 2014 for his renewal of Place Rogier and the Boulevard Botanique in Brussels, curently under construction.

 

Square Rogier, view from Boulevard Adolphe Max. Brussels, Belgium. XDGA © Matthias Van Rossen

Square Rogier, view from Boulevard Adolphe Max. Brussels, Belgium. XDGA © Matthias Van Rossen

 

The jury praises Xaveer De Geyter for his work, which seeks alternative solutions, engages in confrontation and dares to claim a role for architects as thinkers, critics and innovators. “Architect Xaveer De Geyter has produced critical and progressive work that challenges and questions clichés about architecture and urbanism. He is not afraid to contradict what our society automatically considers to be true and desirable. In this way his architecture keeps an often non-existing debate going and he shows that a culture of architecture is only possible when not everyone agrees with everything. Some projects of Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) do not start from what is desirable or plausible, but from what should be feasible.” 

Xaveer De Geyter is “proud to receive the Award and grateful for the profound way in which the jury sketches the specifics of the architectural practice of XDGA.”

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