New Studio CN @ Uccle (2017)
Louis Herman de Koninck House Uccle – 300 m2
MODERNISM AND TIMELESSNESS
Louis Herman De Koninck (1896-1984) has worked extensively on domestic architecture, single-family residences and small apartment buildings. He is presented as a dominant figure of the “modern” movement in Belgium, which followed the Art Nouveau without causing a real caesura.
Caroline Notté and her team are delighted to have been able to set up their studio in the personal house of De Koninck, realized in Uccle, 105 avenue Fond’Roy, in 1924, at a time when he begins to be applauded by the leaders of the “avant-garde” movement.
This reflection on the cube and concrete drove the architect through his search of prototypes of cheap houses, in the midst of a severe housing crisis. De Koninck proved to be an indefatigable inventor, constantly studying new products and techniques, such as plain concrete, insulating panels and industrialized window frames.
Another notable achievement of the architect is the standardized Cubex kitchen manufactured in thousands of copies and still found in some Brussels buildings dating from 1930 to 60.
De Koninck also designed pavilions and advertising booths for exhibitions, but was always happy to return to building houses.
This spirit of innovation, creativity and audacity continues today to animate the place and remains a permanent source of inspiration for Caroline.