|ROBBRECHT & DAEM
The firm of architects Robbrecht & Daem was established in 1975 and has, ever since, realized a wide variety of projects and commissions.
One of their work's distinctive features is a constant relation between their architectural designs and the visual arts, in their designs for stage theatres, music halls as much as in their designs for scientific or technical facilities, such as laboratories. There is always a reference to contemporary art. Robbrecht & Daem's work takes an outspoken contemporary and humane position: the constructions and designs are always related to a wide cultural context of science and art.
Robbrecht & Daem architects have also designed important urban and landscape projects.
"Paul Robbrecht has said that he wanted to 'create unforgettable spaces,' not by knocking down walls and carving white cubes out of the old Victorian building, but by keeping its existing, history-soaked rooms and re-designating their usage."
Throughout the years, the firm has constantly grown, employing specialized staff and increasingly focusing on public commissions in Flanders and abroad. A few examples: the Dokumenta Pavilions in Kassel - Germany, the 'Katoen Natie' in Antwerp, Sammlung Hauser und Wirth in Sankt Gallen – Switzerland, the Museumplein and 'de Diepe Fontein' in Antwerp, the Alnwick Castle Gardens Pavilion in Northumberland – UK, the extensions of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam – Netherlands and the Concert Hall in Bruges.
They designed master plans for the Antwerp Zoo, The London Whitechapel Art Gallery, the Book Tower in Ghent, St-Janspoort in Courtrai and the Oosterweelde connection in Antwerp.
In 1997 Robbrecht & Daem (together with Marie-Josée Van Hee) won the Flemish Culture Award for Architecture.
In November 2008, they were the winners of the prestigious international Klippan Award, adding yet another important prize to their impressive record of international awards and prizes.