Raamwerk is a young design collective founded by Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven and Jon D’haenens. It is the ambition to realize contemporary architecture that treat specific questions and is anchored in a long building tradition.
Since its establishment, Raamwerk works on a portfolio of diverse projects in various sizes. The purpose is to create a buildable architecture that is characterized by critical social, programmatic and economic research.
As designers, we try to integrate the history and tradition of architecture in a personal story without historicizing. In this way, a sustainable architecture can emerge that transcends banality without being loud. Building for us, is to create a framework for the everyday life. Daylight, materials and proportions are the only aspects that we can use as architects. By correctly apply these aspects, we try to generate qualitative space. A powerful design starts from a simple gesture.
Architecture can in some way transcend the purely physical aspects of the building and be a social instrument. The design process emerges from a strong dialogue with the client. This commitment we believe, is essential for the success of a project. The construction process is a balancing act that can only be done in close consultation and collaboration with future users. Architecture is a generalist discipline. As designers we have a basic knowledge in various disciplines in order to maintain an overall vision for the project.
Porto Academy is the result of an enormous passion for architecture as a discipline. We admire the figures that dream about it, who build, study and promote it. We believe that practice - as an exercise of the architect’s profession - is central to the future of the discipline, and therefore one of the reasons why we’ve founded Porto Academy. For a week period, one lives the passion for the discipline of architecture and enjoys intellectual freedom.