The architect’s house, the home the architect builds for himself, is a tool more powerful than one would imagine at first. As being the client, as well as the designer, the architect has hardly any constraints during the design and construction process, besides his own wishes. He can use his own house for instance as a unique opportunity for a technological or architectural experiment and cultivate his sense of “entrepreneurial daring” to the fullest. The house can also become a manifest, a pilot project, a masterpiece or turning point in the architect his career. Thereby it represents the best possible business card within the profession.
Guided tour: "Goedele Desmet en Ivo Vanhamme"
Summer, 2021 (Guided interior tour by Korei)
In collaboration with Korei, a series of visitis to architects' houses is planned for 2021. The first one to kick off this series is the co-housing project by Goedele Desmet and Ivo Vanhamme in Anderlecht (BOB361). In 2003, they transformed a former industrial building in several housing units. There is one communal garden and every resident has a private outdoor area, such as a balcony, patio or roof terrace. In total there are 14 flats and on the street side there are shops, an architectural office and a yoga studio.
"Maak een virtuele wandeling langs architectenwoningen in Brussel"
November 22, 2020 (Dag van de Wetenschap) - accessible online
In collaboration with Scriptie vzw, a virtual walking tour along architects' houses in the Brussels-Capital Region was created for the Dag van de Wetenschap 2020. During this virtual walk, Linsy Raaffels takes you along fifteen of her favorite architects' houses built by both known and unknown architects for their own use. During the tour will you travel over 30 kilometers in the Brussels-Capital Region in about half an hour.
Two guided tours of architects' houses @ "Reliving Modern isms"
October 2020 (4th Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture)
In October 2020, the personal residence of Pierre Humblet (featured on the event poster) was for the first time opened to the public during the fourth Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture. In addition, in light of the success of the visit to the private apartment of Simone Guillissen-Hoa during the 2018 edition, also this architect's house was once again featured as one of the guided visits during the event.
"Architectenwoningen in de Kasteleinwijk"
November 24, 2019 (Dag van de Wetenschap)
In 2019, Linsy Raaffels took the visitors of the Dag van de Wetenschap for a walk along the personal houses of various known and unknown architects in the Kastelijnwijk. At the turn of the century, this neighbourhood was buzzing with construction activity and many architects undoubtedly left their mark on it - not in the least with their personal residences but also with various other projects in the district, such as the ones they desighned for befriended artists.
CIVA Talks: "Out of the box"
April 26, 2019 (CIVA seminar)
In the context of the exhibition Out of the Box, CIVA invited young researchers who insensively scrutinezed certain parts of their archival collection to present their results to the public. The presentation of Linsy Raaffels, The architect who shapes his own home: from first pencil stroke to build realisation, focused on the funds that included documantation on architects' houses. During the presentation she especially elaborated on the diversity of the archival documents.
"Living in Modern isms. Architects' own houses"
October 2018 (3rd Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture)
In October 2018, we co-organised the 3rd edition of the Brussels Biennale of Modern Architecture, which focussed on architects’ houses in Brussels. A rich program of events, such as film screenings, visits to archives and guided tours to a selection of pivately owned architects' houses was established. Furthermore, we were appointed as author of the event publication and opened the Biennale on the 2nd of October in CIVA with a key-note lecture on the topic: The architect’s House: More than a Home.