This is my last post about our project week, I promise!  These pictures were taken during Existenz Maximum, looking at them makes me so happy!

all pictures taken by me

more information here (only in Dutch)

DIY: Existenz’ light elements

what you need:

  • an inflatable ball, something like a balloon or a beach ball, depending on the shape and size you want (we had beach balls with diameters up to 1m)
  • vaseline
  • wallpaper paste
  • a ball of white wool
  • lamp socket, lamp, etc.  (I’m not the biggest hero when it comes to electricity)

what to do:

  • inflate the ball to the maximum and hang it somewhere, where you can easily move around it
  • cover the ball with vaseline, this will make it easier to remove the ball afterwards
  • drench the white wool in the wallpaper paste and start twisting it around the ball, you need to make sure the circles are always around the biggest diameter of the ball, the threads that go around the entire ball will give the needed strength
  • keep circling the ball until the only spots that aren’t covered are triangles of about 3cm wide, our experiments have prooven that this is what you need to get a firm construction
  • let it dry for 24 hours
  • carefully let the ball deflate and get it out of the woolen sphere
  • insert the lamp socket and lamp, and try attaching it  (you might have to be a little bit creative here, sometimes you can find a hole in the construction that can lock in the lamp socket, or you might have to you use some wire or something else)
  • … and your arty farty light element is done!

If you have the space for such a big light element, you can attach several spheres from different sizes to a bike wheel, like we’ve done here.  But you can just drop the bike wheel and use one sphere as an eyecatcher in your room.


March has been all about renovating and decorating the abandonned orphanage in Leuven for our project week.  (More information about Existenz here.) Here are some pictures from the final week before it was finished and the Existenz Maximum Week started.

This is where we held our opening reception, jive initation and cocktail party.

The bar.

The hallway.

The garden.

all pictures taken by me


Kapelle St. Bruder-Klaus by Peter Zumthor, located in the middle of nowhere, inbetween fields.

The breathtaking interior of Zumthor’s chapel.  I didn’t know what to expect from the interior, but it certainly wasn’t this.  A must-see.

Kunstmuseul Bonn by Shultes Frank architects.

Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt.

Siedlung Westhausen and Siedlung Römerstadt from Das Neue Frankfurt.  I enjoyed walking in between the small houses and big trees with their pretty shadows.

all pictures taken by me


Recently I took a little roadtrip along with 50 other architecture students to Frankfurt.  I will show you all of the pictures soon, but this building diserves a post of it’s own.  On our way to Frankfurt, we stopped by the most beautiful museum I’ve ever been to.  Seriously,if you ever get the chance, please visit the Kolumba Art museum of the Archoiocese of Cologne.  It’s designed by Peter Zumthor and the architecture is mindblowing, all of us walked around in awe and totally forgot about what time we had to be back at the bus and where we would find a meal before we got there.











all pictures taken by me

(t)huiswerk: Jan de Muynck

For the second edition of (t)huiswerk (where we portray an architect’s own home), we visited Jan de Muynck.  You can read the article here on page 19, but I’ll give you a short explanation about the concept of his house.  Three of the facades are more or less closed, only the facade facing the neighbouring house is entirely open.  This radical decision has it’s influence on the inside of the house of course, which I hope you can see in the photos.

Hallway on the topfloor, on the left side you see the children’s rooms, which are extremely small and get their daylight  through a sky light.  The hallway is very wide and functions as an extension of the children’s rooms, they play in the hallway and find privacy in their small rooms.

all pictures taken by me


This time, I photographed my friend Liesbeth’s place for the ‘Op Visite’ article in Unité (page 31).  Her interior consists of vintage finds, things found on small markets and in charity shops, and family pieces.  The beautiful painting is by Nele Tas, and is rented through ‘Kunst op Kot’.

P.S. Ik ben nog op zoek naar iemand voor de volgende editie!  Vind je je eigen kot de moeite waard of ken je iemand wiens kot het verdient om in onze Unité te staan?  Stuur me een mailtje met enkele foto’s en wie weet sta jij in de volgende Unité!

DENMARK / day six and seven












A few weeks ago, I travelled through Denmark with many fellow architecture students.  These are my favourite photos of that trip (all of them are taken by me).  Move your mouse on the photos to find out more about what’s shown in the picture.

We started our first day in Aarhus with a walk to the highest point of Denmark (Ejer Bavnehøj), which isn’t very high as you can see in the pictures.  In the afternoon, we visited the Old Town, or Den Gamle By in Danish, which is the National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture  (voor de Belgen: het Deense Bokrijk!), and spent the rest of our time sipping coffee and playing Time’s Up, which led to quite a few strange looks among the locals.  In the evening , we returned to our chalets and had a great party: everyone decorated their chalet according to a theme, and made sure they had matching drinks, food and outfits.  Can you guess our theme?  (Tip: we had moustaches and cigars (oh well cigar cookies))

The last day of our trip, we were extremely tired thanks to the amazing party of the night before.  We followed the group though, visiting the Concert Hall and the ARos museum, but the rest of the day was spent on the extremely comfrotable couches of a café where we might have taken a nap or two…