OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen fonds
circa 2004 - 2015
The OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen fonds, circa 2004-2015, documents the firm’s work on three projects: Tower and Square (unbuilt, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2004), Drying Hall Arbor (Hulshout, Belgium, 2013), and Villa Buggenhout (Buggenhout, Belgium, 2010). The fonds consists of born-digital and textual materials, as well as several models.
The digital files include three project directories packaged as .zip files: “CCA-office09-tower&square”; “CCA-office29-villa buggenhout”; “CCA-office117-Arbor”. Each directory is divided into two subdirectories titled “working folder” and “final materials". The “working folder” subdirectory is organized either chronologically per phase or per file type. The “final materials” subdirectory contains the final project files, including presentation drawings, photos, and final versions of the collages. The transfer also includes two copies of the project credits in .pages and .pdf file formats.
This fonds is unprocessed and has not been arranged.
"OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen was founded in 2002 by Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. OFFICE is renowned for its idiosyncratic architecture, in which realisations and theoretical projects stand side by side. The projects are direct, spatial and firmly rooted in architectural theory. The firm reduces architecture to its very essence and most original form: a limited set of basic geometric rules is used to create a framework within which life unfolds out in all its complexity.
Since its establishment OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen has earned a reputation as one of Belgium’s most successful and renowned practices, and one of the world’s truly original voices in present-day architecture. OFFICE engages in all architectural and urbanist design, creating projects of all scales ranging from furniture to masterplanning in Belgium as well as internationally. This practice is combined with academic research and teaching. These two aspects of OFFICE’s work are explicitly each other’s mirror, creating unexpected parallels between academic and practical work."
The physical and digital materials were initially stored in at the firm in Brussels, Belgium, prior to shipment to the CCA. The digital files were transferred to the CCA using Dropbox.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation:
OFFICE Kersten Geers & David Van Severen fonds,
Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal.
When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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