Profile of the architect's association
Founded in1992, the agency VOLUME architecture is now made up of a team of 7 licensed architects, four of which for the intern team and three of which for the external support. Our agency is flexible; we increase its size regularly, according to the needs of the moment.
The agency is managed by the associate architects, Nicolas de Liedekerke and Daniel Culot, who built up more than 25 years of experience in architecture throughout different projects such as private banks, castles, private houses, office buildings, hotels, art galleries, stores, ancient and contemporary art fairs, museums, and so on.
This built up experience and knowledge define our current architectural approach: the respect for past achievements and the ability to meet the current needs in the search for a sustainable and quality architecture.
Our colleagues' talents are the very root of our success. We offer them a dynamic communication platform open to innovation, enriched by the experience of longer-serving colleagues, what allows them to face exciting challenges. It is important to us that they gain personal satisfaction of a professional target achieved throughout a well accomplished job.
The architecture project : A shared pleasure
For Nicolas de Liedekerke and Daniel Culot, an architecture project is above all closely linked to the notion of pleasure.
Curiously, most current architects don't seem at all to take this notion into consideration.
The pleasure to discover the personality of our new customers who share their desires, their dreams, their deep expectations and their passions. They expect from us that we understand them in order to create the Philtre that will allow them to fully experience all that.
The pleasure to dive into pencil drawings, 3Ds, the volumes and rhythms studies, the details, choosing materials, textures, tonalities, etc., and the lively discussions about these paper and pixel dreams.
The pleasure to see the volumes growing from the ground and appreciate the exact composition under the light.
The pleasure of the comings and goings of the craftsmen who please us with their know-how, the pleasure of the fine-tuning of the finish, of matching the textures and the tonalities.
The pleasure of delivering a consistent architectural whole, down to the smallest practical and decorative details.
The pleasure to see our customers happy to open the new pages of their lives in their new frame, for long years…
An architectural holy-stylistic Attitude
According to Nicolas de Liedekerke and Daniel Culot, the debate on styles, so dear to most architects, is outdated and deserves a new and open look.
After a lot more than 2000 years existence, the architecture profession has produced an immeasurable number of most various styles.
From which year on shall we consider that we are modern and before which year aren't we anymore?
In our opinion, it is a total nonsense to answer this question on a categorical way.
Everything that the humankind has produced in architecture, throughout history, deserves being considered from a holistic point of view, according which "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". In other words, we think architecture deserves an indivisible and progressive status instead of being considered as a succession of competing and opposing styles, like the reductionist thought does and that tends to explain a phenomenon by dividing it in parts.
We consider Volume architecture as a "big holi-stylistic workshop" in which past, present and future live together in harmony.
We appreciate all architectural styles. We think that the architect who is up-to-date must be able to appreciate the styles of the past, the classical, the neo-,the decorative, the uncluttered, the modern, the post-, the techno, and so on; and get inspired by these and make them his own, in order to create, for every project, something new.
To create a new architectural object in a "classical" or "modern" style fills us with enthusiasm, in the same way. What's important is to respect the rules of the compositions specific to the chosen style and to stick to it, down to the details.
The choice of a specific style is never a mistake. We think the mistake to avoid is to fall into a hybrid style, an awkward mixture of different styles on a same architectural project.
Besides, we like to have classical, ethnic, etc. pieces of furniture gathered in a modern house or also to have some furniture, or even maybe very uncluttered interior spaces placed in a house with a classical outside look.
We like to draw on the memory of our historical heritage in architecture and design and we don't intend to deprive ourselves of it under any circumstances.
A particular attention to energy efficiencies
Thanks to an advanced study of the technical details of our buildings, one of our major advantages is to be able to make the technical aspects conditional to the requirements of esthetical consistency and of the convenience of the place.
The energy efficiencies of our buildings are usually clearly better than those corresponding to the simple respect of the minimum requirements set by the regulations.
We also pay close attention to balance the economic scale, for the our customers' greatest benefit, between the investment cost for the construction and the operating and maintenance cost, on the long term.
Ingredients, emotions and pleasure
The essential ingredients to succeed in creating our architectural compositions and giving them the correct emotional and pleasure charges are the beauty of the proportions, the relevance of the perspectives on the landscape, the control over the natural light inside, the harmony of textures, colours and styles.