Discover Benelux, Issue 72, December 2019

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Discover Benelux  |  Top Flemish Master Architects  |  Designing the Future!

Photo: Luc Roymans

Photo: Luc Roymans

Customisation to make each design unique TEXT: DEBBY GROOTEMAN  |  PHOTOS: LUCID

Sculp[IT] architects wants to show the individuality of its customers in each personalised design. After all, it is not only the context of each design which is different — every client is also distinct. Sculp[IT] wants to work with customers who want to really say something with their building. Whether focusing on sustainability or standout architecture, a collaboration with this studio will make a beautiful match. Owner and architect Pieter Peerlings explains that every Sculp[IT] project is special: “We have design principles. We want to use fair materials. And design custom builds — not something standard. Also, the outside and inside should form one whole. We really look at our clients. Most of the time they already have a material in 56  |  Issue 72  |  December 2019

mind for us to work with, such as steel or concrete, for example. This makes each project unique.” The studio’s specialty is customisation. Outsiders may think this makes a design really expensive, but this is not necessarily the case. “Our way of thinking is to simplify everything. A design is only good when you can’t reduce it any more, whilst leaving out none of the components. This makes a design economically alright.”

‘Outside of the box’ personalised designs

When speaking about the future of designing, Peerlings has to think a moment. “We are realistic in our work. So we don’t really focus on the long-term, but on the here and now,” he asserts.

“We aim to be innovative in the details, and we always look to apply new techniques. In our design for a glasshouse home we worked with the recuperation of warmth. The excess of warmth is being used to heat water, for example. We also used the first ever white solar panels.” Another example of the personalised, detailed designs of Sculp[IT] is a project where it has incorporated the world’s largest glass doors. “We can go pretty far to execute our special ideas to surprise and satisfy the client,” concludes Peerlings.