Because we operate as a design team, we aim for a strong integration of different fields of design in one assignment. Every architectural assignment should address a larger context and every assignment of urban planning tumbles down at the architectural dimension. Buildings never stand alone, neither do landscapes. All designs of MORGEN architecture try to address this broad landscaping and direct urban context as well as the specific program of requirements and its technical demands. In this process, we try to see through the stratification of the spot by searching points of reference in the historical context, in the natural or built environment and by trying to consider the actual spatial and functional reach of that specific spot. Furthermore, from the initial starting point of the process, we consider the wishes of users, the available budget and the feasibility of our propositions. We have a long experience in building practice, which offers us a profound knowledge in how things are built. That is why we aim for a sober approach in every design assignment, with a reoccurring endeavour to realise contemporary detailing. We try to do so with poetic and visionary thinking. Quality is found in researching limits, followed by finding nuances and enclosing possibilities.
Spatial experience must take the lead in every design. Furthermore, every space, every building is designed for people, people who meat each other, who live or work, … Depending on the context, every project or plan has its own atmosphere, its appropriate scale, its specific materialisation, … These kind of spatiality arises throughout modulating mass as well as voids.
The correct ‘tone’ of a project is not only the result of a well-balanced design. A good process is equally important. A good project demands an intense and profound debate with the client and other involved parties. Giving answers follows listening as a first action. After having listened carefully, we aim for projects that can enthuse people and projects that are financially achievable.
We work with an integrated design methodology. From the first conceptual thoughts of a project, we gather with a team of experts (architects, engineers, urban planners, landscapers, …). By doing so, dimensioning structures and technical installations, controlling budget and building logics, are embedded during the entire design process.The design atelier is lead by architect – owner Fille Hanjoul, accompanied by several other architects within the firm and some extra specialist whenever a specific item in a project demands it.
Seppe Raes (°1987)
graduated from the University College for Sciences and Arts, ‘Sint Lucas Brussels’, in 2010. He completed his internship for ‘Planners architects company for landscape, urban planning and architecture’. Nowadays he is working for MORGEN architecture as project architect for e.g. a passive school ‘Berenschool’ in Berendrecht, the reconversion of the cultural centre ‘Ter Dilft’ in Bornem and elderly housing ‘Oase’ in Aarschot.
Vincent Caluwé (°1989)
graduated from the Artesis University College Antwerp, department Design Sciences: Architecture in 2013. He was selected for the students competition ‘meesterproef 2013-14’ and received a honourable mention from the jury of the ‘VRP graduation price’ for the research he did in the neighbourhood Frimangron (Paramaribo, Surinam) for the studio ISTT. Since 2013 he works for MORGEN architecture.