• 3. De Koninck, standing against a wall

    Louis Herman De Koninck (31 March 1896 – 21 October 1984) was a Belgian architect and designer.
    One of the leading Belgian architect of the 20th century, De Koninck developed an original form of modernism and constructivism architecture. Not a theorician, L H De Koninck has rooted his design in the in-depth understanding of popular architecture developed by farmers on the Belgian sea shore. He spent many years copying these natural design, and maintained a deep sense of them all his life even when expressed through the most modern concepts and breakthrough use of lights and space in the 20’s.

    The growing corpus of publications on L.H. De Koninck, reflects the increased recognition of the importance of his work for Modern Architecture.

    “De Koninck realized some of his most notable works prior to the founding of CIAM; namely his own house (1924), Lenglet House (1926) and Haverbeke house (1927). The Lenglet house in particular rise above the usual level of functionalism. It is one of the finest examples of international architecture in the twenties, on a par with Rietved’s Schroeder house (1924) and Le Corbusier’s Cook house (1926), without being derivative of either De Stijl movement or the “Esprit Nouveau”. Despite some evident foreign influences, it’s highly original facade expresses its specific origins within the Belgian architectural tradition”

    For more than three decennia he was also a teacher at l’École de la Cambre, more known as La Cambre, a renowned architecture and visual arts school founded by Henry van de Velde in Brussels in 1926.