Kersten Geers

September

OFFICE–After The Party, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, Venice, Italy | photo: Bas Princen

Click for more images | OFFICE–After The Party, Venice Architecture Biennale 2008, Venice, Italy | photo: Bas Princen

Current Work
Kersten Geers
OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen
Moderated by Annabelle Selldorf 

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs
This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

Each year The Architectural League in its Current Work program presents the work of significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.  Kersten Geers will present the work of his firm in a public lecture to be followed by a conversation with moderator Annabelle Selldorf.

Founding principals Kersten Geers and David Van Severen opened OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen in Brussels in 2002. OFFICE aims “for a literal architecture,” which the firm defines as “direct and precise spatial proposals, [or] formal compositions without ironic provocation.” As exemplified in “After Party,” the firm’s installation for the Belgian pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, this emphasis on effect, tectonics, and experience over program and rhetoric demonstrates OFFICE’s belief in “phenomenological experience”–personal and sensory–as a basic function of form and space.

Recent work includes a computer shop and office in Tielt, Belgium; the Chamber of Commerce in West Flanders, designed in collaboration with Bureau Goddeeris and Bureau Bas Smets; and OASIS, an installation at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11 in the U.A.E. In addition to numerous residences, the firm has also completed the Bridge for the Handelsbeurs in Ghent and the competition-winning speculative scheme for a border-crossing center for pedestrians walking between the United States and Mexico.

Annabelle Selldorf is the founder and principal of Selldorf Architects, and serves as the President of The Architectural League.

OFFICE–Chambre of Commerce, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2008-2010 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Chambre of Commerce, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2008-2010 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Computer Shop, Tielt, Belgium, 2007-2010. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Computer Shop, Tielt, Belgium, 2007-2010. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Garden Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, Italy. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Garden Pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2010, Italy. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Urban Villa. Brussels, Belgium, 2009-2012 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Urban Villa. Brussels, Belgium, 2009-2012 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Wall, Brussels, Belgium | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Wall, Brussels, Belgium | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Villa, Buggenhout, Belgium, 2007-2010 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Villa, Buggenhout, Belgium, 2007-2010 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Weekend House, Merchtem, Belgium, 2009-2012 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Weekend House, Merchtem, Belgium, 2009-2012 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Xpo, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2007-2009. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Xpo, Kortrijk, Belgium, 2007-2009. | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Oasis, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE, 2013 | photo: Bas Princen

OFFICE–Oasis, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE, 2013 | photo: Bas Princen

Time & Place
Monday, September 23, 2013
7:00 p.m.
The Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
Tickets
Tickets are free for League members; $15 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here, beginning September 16.
Support
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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