De hybride woningsculptuur
De hybride woningsculptuur in de bossen nabij Luik, eind jaren 60 gebouwd door het trio Jacques Gillet (architect-ontwerper), Félix Roulin (beeldhouwer), René Greisch (ingenieur-architect).
This ‘living-sculpture’ was undertaken by the team as a reaction against the general pressure of that time towards standardization of forms in architecture, in which an artistic poverty and deficiency needed to be counterbalanced through collaboration with sculptors and painters. The merit of the artistic collaboration is evident when looking at the scheme of the building yard. The materials and techniques used gave the team a creative liberty: steel bars were folded, and placed one by one, to enhance the contingency between nature, space, material and poetry.
A metal mesh was affixed to the steel bars and the ultimate form was then secured by projecting a fast setting concrete onto it: direct, immediate and efficient. The exterior is just the mere envelope of the interior: no additional structure whatsoever was necessary. The structure was left bare on the outside, postulating a true unity between form and material.