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architecten de vylder vinck taillieu have a solid body of work, which ranges from renovations of homes and single family houses to public and institutional buildings. The studio, made up by Jan De Vylder (1968), Inge Vinck (1973) and Jo Taillieu (1971), belongs to the new generation of Belgian architects who, together with OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (2G63) and 51N4E, have brought about a generational change in Belgian architecture, one of the most interesting national architectures of the current scene.
They became known internationally through different renovations made almost entirely in the Flemish city of Gant: the Verzameld Werk gallery, the Twiggy store, or the houses 43, Rot-Ellen-Berg and Rampelken. Their work wisely combines a respect for what already exists with a lyrical way of understanding architecture as bricolage, as a construction within constructions like a kind of nesting matrushka dolls. In their projects, they create curious plays of transparency, reflection (through the use of reflecting materials), irony (with the use of local materials and techniques), optical illusions, duplications and copies of existing buildings... and all that combines in an extremely personal architecture.
This monograph includes a prologue by Tony Fretton and texts by the Belgian architectural critic Christoph Van Gerreway, the Swiss curator and critic Moritz Küng, and the architects Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge and Sam Chermayeff. The final section, nexus, includes three essays written by vylder vinck taillieu themselves, in which they reflect on some of the recurring themes and concerns in their architecture