Graux & Baeyens Architects
Graux & Bayens Aarchitecten was established in 2005 in Ghent, Belgium, by Koen Baeyens and Basile Graux. The practice operates in the field of contemporary architecture, interior and product design and has developed a distinct architectural vision during the last 15 years. The office is realizing a variety of projects in Belgium, ranging from single family dwellings, offices and design furniture. GBA strives to create ideas that result in one clear concept that emerge through continuous questioning and production. From the start, they resolutely opted for a total approach: from urban scale to the interior and its details. They try to distil the right questions in every assignment and answer with a clear vision and proposal.Their design logic starts from a synergy. The different functions must reinforce and embrace each other. Generating relationships with the environment or sometimes shield from it. The correct light, spaciousness and functionality are the touchstone of any design. This approach results in a sometimes atypical plan and structure, surprising but always with strongly coherent, recognizable and functional spatialities.The assignments are varied in scale and always have a specific complexity, going from their unusual sites (e.g. rest plots), the reconciliation of conflicting functions, strict urban development regulations, integration of historical valuable assets and budget. The context of building in a saturated Flanders inspires GBA to create its own architectural language, giving answers to the contemporary urban complexity with an apparent simplicity.