XDGA is a Brussels and Paris-based office practicing architecture, urbanism and landscape design founded in 1988 by Xaveer De Geyter (°1957) after his experience at OMA/Rem Koolhaas.

Since then, XDGA has managed to build up a significant portfolio and obtain worldwide recognition thanks to its radical approach, diversified expertise and international team.

XDGA counts to this day 5 monographs, numerous awards (Mies Van der Rohe Award, Bigmat Award, Flemish Culture Award for Architecture) and 3 travelling solo exhibitions.

Statement

Ideally architecture is not about fixing activities, fluxes or programs, or worse, about solving spatial problems. On the contrary, it is about opening up possibilities: the potential of a site, the hidden opportunity of a particular situation in time, of a programmatic conflict. It is about dealing with uncertainty, about enabling different and unforeseen scenarios. In that sense architecture and urbanism are not opposed disciplines with different outcomes, but similar mediators, on different scales and in different degrees of complexity, with the same goal of enabling life.

The basis for architecture in our way of working is to carry out a meticulous scanning of a brief, a program or a context. Context not just as that what physically surrounds a project, but the larger field of social, economic, political, administrative and also technical issues, all on an equal level. This activity of accurate and systematic reading leads to a matrix of knowledge that frames any architectural decision. Sometimes this framework functions as a backdrop for postponed intuitions, sometimes it forms the battlefield for a bombardment of architectural proposals that slowly gain self-evidence through a process of trial and error. The scanning raises new questions, opens up unexplored fields, reveals hidden opportunities, or brings together so-called incompatibilities. Through this working method all projects are rooted in their context, but as context has a visible and a hidden part, they often surpass their physical context and they sometimes completely transform it.

This explorative approach leads to a working method, not a style. Instead, style is restrictive to exploration. Our approach saves us from dogmatic thinking, from an all too narrow agenda, from the architectural one-liner.

Doug Allard, David Ampe, Vincent Blactot, Tom Bonnevalle, Maud Bouhin, Lionel Bousquet, Jérémie Brault, Karel Bruyland, Rémy Carat, Elena Caruso, Antoine Chaudemanche, Pieter Coelis, Beatrice Colaiacomo, Johan Cool, Catherine Cornu, Elisabeth d' Aubarède, Xaveer De Geyter, Joris De Greef, Thaïs de Roquemaurel, Chloé de Salins, Jacqueline De Souza Luduvice, Pieter De Walsche, Marie Debraine, Hanne Defloor, Nathalie Devoghelaere, Nicolas Duerinck, Nenad Duric, Eleonor Ferragu, Sandra Fol, Arie Gruijters, Annelotte Herrebosch, Yasmine Houari, Ingrid Huyghe, Ménélik Jobert, Karla Kovacevic, Paul-Emmanuel Lambert, Solène Le Gallo, Jonathan Robert Maj, Leo Mazurek, Philip Niekamp, Emilia Ockerman, Federico Pedrini, Camelia Petre, Julien Picard, Anne-Sophie Rouillère, Dana Smetankova, Yuichiro Suzuki, Foucault Tiberghien, Willem Van Besien, Wouter Van Daele, Catherine Van Driessche, Marie-Pierre Vandeputte, Simon Vellut, Samia Wahbi, Ulysse Zehnlé, Rui Zenha.

2015
GA_160_EXPO, Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, Prague, Czech Republic.
2015
XDGA_160_EXPO, Casa dell’Architettura, Rome, Italy.
2014
XDGA_160_EXPO, Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseumis, Tallinn, Estonia.
2013
XDGA_160_EXPO, CIVA, Brussels, Belgium.
2006
Le Parc De Richelieu, Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture, Bordeaux, France.
2002
AFTER-SPRAWL, deSingel International Art Center, Antwerp, Belgium.
2001
Xaveer De Geyter Architecten, 12 Projects, deSingel International Art Center, Antwerp, Belgium.

2020

Xaveer De Geyter Architects 2005-2020, El Croquis 204, Madrid, Spain.

2013

XDGA_161_BOOK, Lannoo Publishers, Tielt, Belgium.

2002

Xaveer De Geyter Architects 1992-2005, El Croquis 126, Madrid, Spain.

2001

After-sprawl, Research for the Contemporary City, NAi Uitgevers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

2001

Xaveer De Geyter Architects, 12 PROJECTS, Ludion, Belgium.

2021

Brussels Architecture Prize, category winner 'Extra Muros', for Melopee School, Ghent, Belgium
Bigmat Award, Grand International Prize, for Melopee School, Ghent, Belgium
Belgian Prize for Architecture, category winner, for Melopee School, Ghent, Belgium

2014

Flemish Culture Award for Architecture

2013

Bigmat Award, Grand International Prize, for Kitchen Tower, Brussels, Belgium
Belgian Prize for Architecture, category winner, for Kitchen Tower, Brussels, Belgium

2005

Académie d’architecture, France, prix de l’urbanisme, for Îlot Saint Maurice urban plan, Lille, France

2003

Mies van der Rohe award, finalist, for the Chasse Park Apartments, Breda, The Netherlands

1993

Architecture prize from the Province of Antwerp, for the House near Antwerp, Belgium
Charles Wilford Prize, category realizations, for a House with Workshop near Ghent, Belgium: first prize; for a House near Antwerp, Belgium: second prize

1992

Charles Wilford Prize, category projects, for House near Antwerp, Belgium: first prize

Xaveer De Geyter Architects Brussels

Handelskaai 48
Quai Du Commerce
B–1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 218 88 86
info@xdga.be

Xaveer De Geyter Architects Paris

18 Rue Du Faubourg Du Temple
FR–75011 Paris
+33 (0)1 58 30 99 61
info@xdga.be

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