the moment before the moment

What's special about Wim Goes' projects is the fact that he meticulously attunes his architectural interventions to the present context. This not only concerns the spatial factors that are present on the site and the limitations or possibilities of the timeframe within which the work is carried out, but also - and perhaps most importantly - the people who use and experience the building. It is a people-oriented architecture.

Time is given a place in the various processes, from design to use. The process is inherent to the architecture and forms the basis for it. The ability of change to respond to changing uses within seasons and the logic of the site also demonstrates a certain transience.

In the projects of Wim Goes there is a specific attention for the 'métier', the art of building, in a well-known and at the same time less known materiality. The end result is often flawless, as the architecture is based on the physical properties of the materials themselves.

There is a certain humanity in his projects. Social structures are given a place and thus play a role in determining the raison d'être of the architectural work. This is also about recognisability. Materials that we understand and to which we attach values are part of the built environment. The collective memory that binds itself to the materiality of architecture.

Wim Goes studied at the Hogeschool voor Kunst en Wetenschappen Sint Lucas in Ghent. After several internships at Studio for Creative Engineering & Urban design and the workshop of Maarten Van Severen, he founded his own firm in 1999. The office is located in Ghent and has two other partners, Anja Houbaert and Tim De Messemaeker, and ten employees. Besides this, Wim Goes also teaches at the faculty where he studied.


The matter of architecture not only refers to the pragmatic idea of architecture, but also to the added value that is created and felt within what is built. The AUDITORIUM 18/19 lecture series represents a spectrum of architecture and matter as such: what is ‘built’ as a physical materiality, what is ‘not built’ as space, light and time, and ‘the poetic’, ‘the metaphysical’ in search of the essence of architecture. Seven selected speakers bring a comprehensive story.

CURATORS: Lukas Versteele, Miep Linssen, Ruben Hoet / PARTNERS: STUK Kunstencentrum, KU Leuven dep. architectuur, Existenz / SUPPORT: City of Leuven, the Government of Flanders / SPONSORING: Febelcem, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems, Vandersanden Group, A+ Architecture in Belgium

Thu 4 Apr 2019 20:00


STUK Auditorium


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