Constructions - Philippe Samyn, Architect & Engineer
Publisher : Fonds Mercator (9 januari 2009)
Language : English
Hardcover : 479 pages
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This book not only offers a broad overview of the extensive and highly creative work of Philippe Samyn and Partners, but also confronts their oeuvre with the evolutions that have occurred in international architecture over the past forty years. Each project demonstrates a fine balance between architecture and engineering, with spatial design, structural design and building physics interacting multilaterally.
Philippe Samyn and Partners thus do in contemporary architecture what was previously done by architects such as Victor Horta, Frank Lloyd Wright, Auguste Perret and Jean Prouvé, whose innovative oeuvre placed them at a lonely height. At the same time, they aligned with the principles of the Modern Movement about the need for coherence between form, function and technology.
This immediately implies that they are unfailingly researching sustainable development.
All projects are thoughtfully integrated into the urban or rural landscape. Although they are sometimes spectacular, there is never a question of display for the sake of display, of yielding to fashion trends or of stardom. They always pursue a harmony that stems from the logic of the concept and from the balance of proportions.
Philippe Samyn is a civil engineer, urban planner and architect. He received the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and the degree of Doctor of Applied Law in 1999.