ARCHITECTURE SPEAKS! 2019
Architecture Speaks! De Vylder Vinck Taillieu
architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, Ghent, Belgium
1:15 pm Otakaari 1x Espoo (lecture hall A1)
6.00 pm, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck and Jo Taillieu founded Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architects in the Belgian city of Ghent in 2009. Their unique critical engagement in rearticulating architecture in relation to its context has gained widespread attention over the past decade. Dvvt are vocal advocates of critical consciousness and social responsibility in a creative process closely integrating architectural design and practical execution.
“The role played by architects is undergoing critical reassessment in Belgium, where we are seeing the emergence of entirely new practices and types of architecture,” notes the curator of the lecture series, Professor Jenni Reuter. “De Vylder Vinck Tailleu represents the vanguard of this new wave in Belgian architecture.”
Dvvt have designed and executed projects of all imaginable scales, from home renovations to large institutional buildings. Their major works include House CG, the conversion of an old farmhouse into smaller residential facilities (2016); PC Caritas, the conversion of a derelict psychiatric hospital into a monumental outdoor space (2016); and Les Ballets C de la B & LOD, a common facility shared by the Les Ballets C la B dance company and the LOD music theatre (2008). Instead of accommodating the dance company and theatre in the same building, the architects surprised the client by designing two separate volumes with an open urban space between them.
Dvvt is the winner of numerous prizes, including the Belgian Building Award (2012, 2010, 2009). They have also been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2012). In summer 2018 they received the Silver Lion for a Young Participant award at the Venice Biennale. Vylder, Vinck and Taillieu are also active in product design, working in collaboration with designer Serge Vandenhoven under the JIJ’s label.