Kersten and furniture projects before making furniture in 1986

Kersten Geers was born on May 6, 1975 in Ghent,
Belgium where David Van Severen was born on June 2, 1978 in Ghent, Belgium as
well. Geers and Severen graduated as an architect at the University of Ghent,
Belgium and at Esquela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. Both
were teachers, Geers is now teaching at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de
Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland and at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Severen
is a guest tutor at Harvard Graduate School Design. They have also written
three books together with one of the recent books was Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen in
2017. Severen’s grandfather was Daan Van Severen, a Belgian sculptor, painter,
draughtsman, and printmaker and his father was Maarten Van Severen who is a
Belgian furniture designer. His father studied architecture at the Royal
Academy of Fine Arts for three years then went working on interior design and
furniture projects before making furniture in 1986 where he also worked with
Rem Koolhas. Severen’s father has some influence on him as since 1995 he
designed installations and furniture. Severen has worked for Atelier Maarten
Van Severen as well as with Stephane Beel Architects and Xaveer De Geyster
Architects. Geers is one of the members of the architecture magazine, San
Rocco. In Rotterdam, he has worked with Neutelings Riedijk Architects and
Maxwan Architects and Urbanists. In 2002, Office Kersten Geers David Van
Severen was created. His influence was that of British architect James
Stirling. Office KGDVS is known for its idiosyncratic architecture where they
focus their projects on the direct, spatial, and firmly rooted in architectural
theory. Their architecture and urbanist firm is one of Belgium’s most
successful. Their influences are the history of architectural types and
reference them lightly to create a translation of many ideas instead of just
one. Officr KGDVS are able to manipulate architectural elements in ways that
they reduce it to simple forms. What architecture means to them is a project
not only it requires just thinking but the possibility of bringing it to life. The
type of architecture they use is contemporary architecture.  Their design method is discussing the certain
spatial qualities and thinking that each individual thing such as plans are
small projects to be combined later to become a product. The history of
architecture is just a constraint to them but helps make the imagination and
experience go beyond. They will use the history of architecture as reference
but make their buildings in their own way also they have.  completed about 46 projects. One of their
projects was the Solo House located in the mountain region of Matarrana, Spain.
The client for the house was Barcelona project developer and gallery owner
Christian Bourdais. Bourdais has asked 15 architects to build 15 holiday homes
that could revolutionize residential living with one of them being Office
KGDVS. He wanted to reinvent the image of what a house should be. The selection
of Office KGDVS was that Bourdais believed he could work with them intensely
for many years. Another reason for the selection was that they had a strong
focus on spatial and not only visual concepts. Bourdais’ idea for the solo
project was that it would create a new idea of what a house should and can be.
He wanted the architects to show their pure image of a holiday home. The architects
were given carte blanche The Solo House is a country residence surrounded by a
vast green forest to create an invisible effect of architecture blending in
with nature as a strong relationship. It has a circular roof supported by eight
columns which are used as shelter. There are also curtains that can be opened
to allow a more fully open outdoor experience to strengthen the relationship between
the structure itself. The Solo House maximizes the use of the landscape and the
space it creates to provide this spatial feeling as you enter the house with a
variety of ways to get across the structure. It also creates a feeling of
isolation as you would want for a holiday home to get away from all the stress
and problems life can create. There were some constraints for the project such
as budget, size, location, and the laws but Office KGDVS were able to utilize
the landscape efficiently. The construction began in 2012 and ended in 2017. Bourdais
wanted each of the structure to be enjoyed during all the seasons which is the
reason why he chose Spain as the location for his project. Other projects that
were involved during the Solo House were the other Solo projects such as a symmetrical
concrete house designed by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, a house with a lattice of
giant sticks by Sou Fujimoto, and a house imitating an explosion by Didier
Faustino. The other Solo projects are visible from the Solo House Office KGDVS made.
People were critical about the location where the Solo House would be built as
it is near the Els Ports nature reserve and if the location was two hundred
meters further, the project would have been cancelled. The periodicals the Solo
House was featured on were the Wallpaper and Archdaily,