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RenĂŠ de Rijk Portfolio in Architecture & Design Selected Work (2015 - 2018)


Multiplicity of Dualinearity interventions of urban planning (2018)


Participation in International Project designing and building a preschool (2017-2018)


Climate Design & Sustainability urban planning according to the theme mobility (2018)


Integration Excercise centre for human genetics (2017-2018)


Bachelor Thesis housing project with (no) context (2017)


RecyConstruct recycling waste to make building materials (2017)


From Belfort to BelforĂŞt city & nature project (2017)


Experiment: Buglat creating a module by bending wood (2016)


Fire! Fire! Fire! housing project (2016)


RenĂŠ de Rijk X

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Education 2017-2019

Master of Architecture [Option Resilient and Sustainable Strategies] Faculty of Architecture University of Ghent, Belgium (KU Leuven) Graduation: not yet


Bachelor of Architecture Faculty of Architecture University of Ghent, Belgium (KU Leuven) Graduation: September 2017 (cum fructu)


Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Architecture Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Architecture Universiy of Ghent, Belgium (UGent) One year and a half


ASO Latin-Mathematics Highschool Degree Instituut Zusters Maricolen, Maldegem, Belgium (IZMM)

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2018 Maastricht|Rotterdam|Antwerp| DUTCH


2017 Morocco|Surinam|Portugal|Dunkerque 2016 London|New York|Budapest



2015 Italy|Amsterdam|Ljubljana|Brno|Beieren FRENCH

2014 London|Val Thorens|


2013 Prague|Rome|Italy| GERMAN


2012 Paris|Friesland|Croatia|

Relevant Experience In 2017, together with Marie Moens and Kaushik Keshava Ramanuja, we were part of a project in combination with BC Architecture and the GoodPlanet Foundation. The project was situated in Aït Ahmed, Morocco. It was a great opportunity, because not only were we a part of the design and research process, but even the building process. We started the design of the project in February. In the beginning of August, we went to Morocco and started the site until the end of September. The classroom got finished may 2018 and I’m proud to say I was a part of this process. The hands-on experience was a good way to master the common techniques and to get to know the materials and their way of thinking. When discussing with the local people, we got involved in the architecture and its mind, its culture and its economic consequences. I learned a lot from this project and was able to adapt myself to this new working situation.

References Tomas Ooms

Design Instructor and Lecturer, Sint Lucas, KU Leuven

Laurens Bekemans

Instructor for the participation in the international project based in morocco, Sint Lucas, KU Leuven

Bruno Peeters

Design Instructor and Lecturer, Sint Lucas, KU Leuven

Academic Work

Multiplicity of Dualinearity 2018|1st master interventions,urban planning (lot,be)

There is a lot going on in Lot. What does it desire? As the slogan of the new Woolfactory says: “Lovely living in a village only 10 minutes away from Brussels.” As if the sleeping village is only meant for one purpose, a cycle of leaving and returning. Look at how the train is piercing through this sleeping village, defacing the landscape and disturbing its harmony, its silence. ”-…The technological developments in transportation and communication which virtually mark a new epoch in human history have accentuated the role of cities as dominant elements in our civilization and have enormously extended the urban mode of living beyond the confines of the city


itself” Walking around in Lot gives you the impression of still life by default. Ordinary, but pleasing in its simplicity. You get the experience of daily life with all its banality and singularity. Two buildings nearly touching creating this tense void in between, the big building block placed right in the middle of Lot and disturbing the view. Hundreds of separate interest fronting onto a single street. What if we introduce a small changement in these segments? Would it have an effect? Would it make a difference? Instead of introducing white spaces, introducing white elements that join different areas, an associator in between, a helping hand. Extrusions or ‘copy-pastes’ that insinuate linearity and offer a social permeability. Can these tactical interventions be a trigger on almost forgotten zones. Not a general reformation of the city or its districts through an all-encompassing intervention.

More like smaller ones that maybe have a larger effect. The use of linear urban planning interventions and respect for the history of the place. Accepting the existing conditions, structures not be destroyed recklessly. But instead a way needs to be found to re-use or adapt them a practical way. “-The transfer of industrial, educational, and recreational activities to specialized institutions outside the home has deprived the family of some of its most characteristic historical functions-“ Only generating a place/places where people can be social, live, meet, see, engender moods. Not

only in terms of personal needs, but maybe even in working circumstances. Textures then define a space, the use of materials will start tell the story. The new interventions as serving elements, the dualines as served elements that give you a direction in the village. Subtle changes, such as a different pavement or a brighter material use, making sure you are aware of them, even if it’s only a little misstep. Everyday materials get a different representation. Introducing one common vocabulary to diminish the transparency between two people.


A neverendeing changing landscape, the winter and summer grain, corn and beets color the fields. One time you have an amazing view, the other an intimate moment of privacy. And if you’re feeling lucky, you can even go for a run, on top.


The townhouse, se, something e nizes. A perfec quick chitchat w your kids. The n function as an second element fo ters because of it

more barn-wieveryone recogct place for a while waiting on new wall doesn’t obstacle, but a or social encount’s wide presence.

A chimney, well, once. More a monument, almost holy as a temple. It represents Lot in it’s totality, as a needle pinning itself on the map. His shadow covers the place and shows you the hour. Put the chimney on a plinth, the rest will follow.


The brewery, a well hidden jewel in Lot that is only to be discovered by people who like to walk, a lot. Brick becomes something familiar, it gives the brewery a more modern touch and visitors get the change to rest in the front or even under the halfroof. They stay a bit longer.


The anchorpoint re industry meet The crane that whole space has hours the purpos bridge and a s (wind)surfing- a in the beginni king, it forms rier between the Visually, the d les, to know and

t, a place whets public space. t dominates the in its sleeping se of a crossing stairway to the abd sailing club ing. While wora literal bare two functions. dualinearity rud to get to know.

An open space turned into an open space, again. The roof offers shelter, the two volumes a place to talk to one another. A pathway through the local nature reserve leads to an almost ruin-like element. In winter used to spot birds, in the summer to spot people, whilst drinking your coffee.



elevation of the chimney monument

axonometry and sections combined in an aspective drawing

^axonometrical section in 3d


conceptual c

continuous street view

layered linear city


axonometric view of the classroom and the terrace behind by marie moens

secti by ma 18

section bb’ along the long side by marie moens and me

participation in an international project 2017-2018|3rd bachelor-1st master designing and building a preschool (aït ahmed,morocco) with marie moens & kaushik keshava ramanuja

During a pilot survey in early 2016, BC Architects in collaboration with Good Planet Foundation met with the Association de Développement d’Ait Ahmed to discuss possibilities of designing and building a pre-school in the village. Following this, Laurens Bekemans of BC Architects proposed the project as an academic task which was pursued by Tommaso Bissogno as a part of his masters dissertation and which the three of us- Marie Moens,Kaushik Keshava Ramanuja and me would undertake as our summer project under the Development Cooperation scheme. The team under the guidance of BC Architects felt the strong urge to revive and work with the age-old technique of random rubble in Jir mortar which was otherwise heading towards oblivion. The design process was initiated in Belgium through Tommaso’s initial research, deliberation and final disquisition for his masters dissertation and spanned from late May to July of 2017. It became imperative for the team to contemplate many of the design considerations and details before departing for Morocco, considering the remote location of the project site, limited connectivity and technical know-how on site; and also for an estimate of costs and material quantities. Once the team convened on site in Ait Ahmed, a meeting with the various stakeholders was held to discuss mobilisation of funds, procurement of materials, debriefing of design and construction processes, knowledge transfer and capacity building. Active feedback from members of the association helped formulate an optimal workplan for the construction that ensued.

ion aa’ along the short side arie moens 19

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ground floor plan


poster for 1st review

climate design & sustainability (phase 1) 2018|1st master urban planning according to the theme mobility with lina chen,chiara dewolf,elia fontani & louis vierin Making a design with positive impact, for our planet and for the people is crucial. Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to be resilient, efficient and productive, and most of all, regenerative and eco positive. Everything is connected to everything else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all. Every day our climate is changing. Year after year the building and environmental legislations are also changing. The design of a building or a neighbourhood becomes a challenging process. The integration of sustainable climate concepts in the architectural design and urban planning play hereby increasingly an essential role. Specific topics as growing scarcity of free space, energy, mobility, water and materials, are a real starting point. the site: ghent muide, the harbour will serve as a new centre for the existing village. in terms of the theme mobility, the site will have a mixed use , good public transport and an emphasis on pedestrianization and public space. Urban villages are seen to provide an alternative to recent patterns of urban development in many cities, especially decentralization and urban sprawl. They are generally purported to reduce car reliance and promote cycling, walking and transit use. the creation of a HUB gives the site the opportunity to be visited and to visit other places. during the day, the HUB serves as a central point where people work, relax, rent a bike or wait for their transport. during the night, it works as a distribution point for the products of the industry of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;muide harbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

by lina chen


ground floor-structural plan

first floor-compartiments

14 Step s 15 x 30


14 Steps 15 x 30 14 Steps 15 x 30

second floor-lighting plan 14 Step s 15 x 30





Auto Clave


LAB 3 Washer Dryer

Cut-out above

12 Steps 18 x 25



12 Steps 18 x 25




ThirdFloor 1:200

third floor-ventilation ducts plan

fourth floor-firesafety

integration excercise 2018|1st master centre for human genetics

with chiara dewolf, kaushik keshava ramanuja and nakul varma stage one, each student brings prints of his/ her most challenging project. the students have a short presentation of the projects to the tutors and decide what project shall be elevation of the east side by chiara dewolf


Roof plan 1:200

fifth floor-airgroup and rainwater drainage

chosen. The selection becomes a shared project in your team and will be re-designed. stage two, the re-designing of the initial begins. the focus lays on five aspects: fire safety & accessibility, structural possibilities & scenarios, optimalisation of ventilation routing, the building envelope and construction principles and detailing. the existing building was a laboratory consisting of two floors, ground and first. adding three floors gave us more

options c was easy ridor on that acts structure system of upper flo te column dimension bonus. in concrete

+17400 Terrace F.F.L +17175 T.O.S. Terrace

+13650 4th Floor F.F.L. +13575 T.O.S. 4th Floor

+9250 3rd Floor F.F.L. +9175 T.O.S. 3rd Floor

+9250 2nd Floor F.F.L. +9175 T.O.S. 2nd Floor

+4850 1st Floor F.F.L. +4775 T.O.S. 1st Floor

+450 Gound Floor F.F.L. +375 / T.O.S. Ground Floor

tectonic detail façade by nakul varma

concerning structure. the concept y, box-in-box. a surrounding corevery floor and the second floor s as a winter garden. the whole new e doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch the existing one. a f four trusses running along the two oors are linked to external concrens. the columns -because of their ns- also offer sunshading, nice n the centre, a purely functional core that provides circulation.

renders of the structure by nakul varma

detail air exhauster ventilation ducts through wall

detail nightcooling and water supply

detail cooling during the day and sewage supply


bachelor thesis

research on entrance

2017|3rd bachelor housing project with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no contextâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (anywhere,anytime) pick one activity, picked cleric, pick two materials, picked concrete and shuttering wood, pick three elements of architecture, picked five. a design with no context, no limits, no time, no weather, no nothing. when clerics used to walk outside, they had fresh air to think and reflect about life.

give them a circular hall and they will move on forever, an eternity. this geometry lets them forget about their movements and gives them full control of their mind and ratio. no context, a box, a bit more context, another box inside. when walking on the inside, the cleric descends into the temple and forgets about his surroundings. coming at the end, he discovers that the temple has several layers, he starts exploring them step by step, thought by thought. ramp becomes corridor becomes floor becomes roof becomes ceiling becomes stair. self-development becomes self-actualization.

conceptual sections and geometrical plans


wall on wall on wall second floor

site plan

first floor

bachelor thesis

2017|3rd bachelor housing project with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;contextâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (scheldewindeke,be)

ground floor

elevation west side

how different is a village towards the big city? how do we nuance the public-private-collective spaces and their transition? we get a municipality, we get a public square, the parameters are the surroundings, full of context. what once was, we put back. old buildings from in the 1900s still define this public square, their remnants stuck around. we shift and reshape them, they get a new modern touch, 21st century. the brick wall that once hid away what lied behind, turns into a plinth for new living and working spaces. segregation turns into approachability. but the three elements still feel lost, their communication with each other is somehow not there. one element links them all, they all live under the same roof but all have their own privacy. the roof element explores the boundaries of privacy. sometimes space is accessible, sometimes space is not. the new footprint adjusts the out-of-proportion public square. elevation north side




2017|3rd bachelor recycling waste to make building materials with tanguy boutchon we learn to develop positions towards and in the broader architectural field. a basic requirement is then a forced reconaissance of this field, beyond what is known until now. we react, controverse, rhetorise, inspire, to in-a-designway take position in this field not only as an individual, but also as a limited group. the end result is a spatial and visual manifest, that explores and precises the personal ambition and the instigator behind our architecture studies. we live in a world full of trash. by involving waste in the manufacturing process of building materials, we can diminish a big part of the volume of it. why not go from architecture as a waste to waste as an architecture, or part of it? from eliminating it to using it in our streetscape. this manifest serves as a criticism on the expensive ways of fabricating building materials. we created one-two-three-easy bricks from waste by using the most common, easy element, named heat, as a tool. â&#x20AC;&#x153;waste gets burned anyway, so why not -in a sustainable way- use it in a smart way?â&#x20AC;? at the end of the semester, we obtained three bricks from three different waste groups: a glass brick (bottles), an aluminium brick (cans) and a plastic/ sand brick (everything made of plastic...).


view looking at ghent ‘zuid’

view in ghent ‘zuid’

view looking at business center behind ghent ‘zuid’


view of an amplified border

conceptual scale model of the new forced nature and the old city

constant flow in this landscape. from joint to border, old and new gets separated from each other. amplified borders desire a strong distance, fluent ones speak for itselves and serve as a buffer. a geometrical partition of the site gives structure to the forced nature, the generated landscape,the non-architecture. the ellipse excercises the authority, a shape without centre.centrelessness becomes the idiom. lines of sight pierce through this non-architecture,making the association with carefully chosen points in the old city.

from belfort to belforêt 2017|3rd bachelor city & nature project (ghent,be) with chiara dewolf

‘nature’: The physical force regarded as causing and regulating the phenomena of the world, it is impossible to change the laws of nature ‘landscape’: fine arts, the category of aesthetic subject matter in which natural scenery is represented. By bringing the city into nature, new truths are being forced. the fly-over of ghent dissapears. green areas present in the city are crumbled into litte particles. a railway runs right trhough the site, but it doesn’t mean it forms a barrier. now, a divided patchwork of different landscapes, then, can the erase of the fly-over lead to a link between these? where the fly-over submerges, the newly created landscape starts its roots. parts of the viaduct stay as a ruin, giving a notion of anew activities. residential, working and recreation areas stimulate a

view on top of the viaduct as a ruin by chiara dewolf

view on a sight line looking at the belfort by chiara dewolf

view inside the non-architecture by chiara dewolf

view of a fluent border by chiara dewolf


housing projects on the site

conceptual view of a crossing bridge

site plan of the fly-over turned into the belforĂŞt


section showing the underground tunnels by chiara dewolf

plan of an appartment (55m²)

plan of an appartment (85m²)

plan of an appartment (120m²) 1m 33

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experiment : buglat

2016|3rd bachelor creating a module by bending wood with chiara dewolf

wood is a weak material. but how weak is it and how can we make it stronger? our first step was to start testing its limits, by bending the wood and drawing its extremae. what are the ways of bending wood? making it wet, using a glulam-method or giving it several indentations were some options. what is the added value of bending wood you ask? it gets stronger, as long as it can hold its curvature. we started looking at a way of using (this) bent wood for constructing a spatial structure. glueing together two pieces of wood, adding an indentation at the ends of the mini-glulam and keeping it under tension for a few hours gave us the quickest, cheapest and most effective module. our main motto was to build on a bigger scale with as few as possible joints. that became our next step. combining three of these bent mini-glulams gave us our final module. the indentations are the fixing points, no extra fastener needed, a joint based only on friction. the torsion that the structure gets when combining multiple modules, gives the construction more strength and more dimension.


fire! fire! fire!

2016|2nd bachelor housing project (sevgein,ch)

one takes an existing b fully. in structure, in ma mosphere, in size, in eve sessed with this building first phase complete, the idea of it lingers in o turn, the newly born archi

what is left after this tion? the foundation -o lump of concrete. some s stal for the alternative a burnt touch to it, i ling in its presence. u cause of structural rea ding an emotion of moving the original structure ge is handed a new order. wha terior and vice versa, t from the outside. the be once a column, another ti lowish oriented strand b an internal finishing to ce between old and new,

lĂśtscher house, bearth & deplazes

wooden scale model


designing starting from a dents another perspective has multiple outcomes. we playfully way. constructi terest, not the arrangeme when you fiddle with a itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier too let yo

building, one studies it material, in sight, in aterything. one becomes obg that it puts it on fire. e building is gone but the our mind. phase two, our itect, maybe more a pupil.

scale model of the original building

s fire is the big quesof course- remains as a sort of plinth, a pedee construction. the wood, is carbonized but appeausing it two-by-two, beeasons, gives the builng on after this tragedy. ets turned upside down and atâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior becomes inthe anatomy gets readable eams switch in function, time a ceiling beam. yelboards are being used as strengthen the differenburnt and prefabricated.

a structure gave us stue, a starting point that e were able to think in a ion was the number one inent of a plan or a house. a structural vocabulary, our design be created.

an excercise fully focused on the perception of a building. one drawing, one scale model, the only thing you could use as a representation of your up to date manufactured house. structure as well as materials becomes all clear in these two documents.


Architecture Portfolio 2015-2018 | René de Rijk | KU Leuven  

Selected work

Architecture Portfolio 2015-2018 | René de Rijk | KU Leuven  

Selected work