70 years Christian Kieckens

On 24 January 2021 architect Christian Kieckens (1951-2020) would have turned 70. To put the oeuvre of this influencial architect in the spotlight, the family and friends of Kieckens present a digital hommage.

The Flanders Architecture Institute opened a register of condolences in May and his sudden death resounded in the press and international professional journals. An in memoriam appeared in the Flanders Architectural Review no.14 and in the magazine A+. In the meantime, a piece of furniture – the face2face work table from 1996 – was acquired by the Design Museum Ghent. In the summer of 2020, A Temporary Monument for Brussels #7 OTHER / THE by Peter Downsbrough was installed on the Sainctelette Square in Brussels and dedicated to Christian.

In June, Filip Dujardin photographed Christian’s flat, the space in which he lived and worked. The Flanders Architecture Institute received his sketches and library, donated by the family as a valuable addition to an earlier gift made by Christian in 2015. The richness of the archive will be systematically unveiled, both on the VAi website and in a project on architectural competitions. The website http://www.christiankieckens.b... is still available for consultation. Finally, we would also like to provide the link to an interview from 2016, given on the occasion of the exhibition Een meubel is ook een huis [A piece of furniture is also a house] at the Design Museum Ghent.

We thank him for his mentorship, his work, his generosity and so much more.

On behalf of the family,
Yves Kieckens and Reinhilde Lauwereins
Katrien Vandermarliere, Kelly Hendriks, Els Vande Kerckhove, Marc Dubois.

Christian Kieckens as photographer

Not only was he an architect and a mentor, Christian Kieckens was also a gifted photographer. During the funeral ceremony in May 2020, photo's of Milan, Venice, Switzerland, Baroque architecture and an impressive array of mountains and clouds were projected.