How Do Buildings Care? Session 2: Love

What type of architecture makes one feel safe, at ease, loved, and cared for? In which way is space imbricated in human well-being? In common architectural discourse, relatively little attention is paid to the embodied, affective, and relational aspects of site and space. La Loge addresses this gap by inviting artists, designers, and architects to critically explore architecture in relation to social and affective intensities.

Organised in three different sessions, each focusing one dimension of the concept care, ‘How Do Buildings Care?’ sets out as an open investigation into how buildings facilitate or accommodate care; how we, in turn, take care, love, or even eroticise them; or how they influence the way we look out for each other. Each seminar is imagined as a moment of co-existence of diverse commissioned contributions in the form of films, lectures and shared moments.

A specially commissioned scenography in the temple of La Loge by Rotterdam collective Cookies will provide the environment for the three days of activities, spread over three consecutive weeks. Each instance speculates the ways in which architectures are or should be entangled in the reconfiguration of notions such as intimacy, belonging, treatment, domesticity, safety and love in current society, characterised increasingly by global migration, austerity and gentrification, and smart technology’s redefinition of space. 

Curated by Laura Herman 

Sunday 17 September 2017
13:00 to 17:00

Daybed Wolfers (Comfort Zone) by Richard Venlet


13:00: Daybed Wolfers (Comfort Zone), a conversation with Richard Venlet, Herman Daled, and Bart Verschaffel

In 2015, Richard Venlet developed a daybed inspired by the floor plan of Hôtel Wolfers, a modernist town house in Brussels built by Belgian architect Henry Van de Velde in 1929. At La Loge, the daybed – a comfort zone dedicated to reflections on architecture – will physically be present, facilitating a conversation about how the love triangle between the edifice, the architect and the dweller unfolds into either intimate relationship or dark romance.

14:00: Afternoon tea by Eléonore Jacquard in Les Agapes, a commissioned installation by Stéphane Barbier Bouvet

14:30: Berlinmuren (2008), a film by Lars Laumann (duration: 23’ 56”)
Berlinmuren is a portrait of a Swedish woman called Eija Riitta who is “objectum-sexual.” Since June 17, 1979, her name is Eija Riitta Berliner Mauer taking the name of her husband, the Berlin Wall. Eija’s blog explains the situation perfectly – her attraction to rectangular parallel lines, constructions such as bridges, fences or the Berlin Wall. More than a documentary on the subject, Lars Laumann filmed the encounter between two lovers of the Berlin Wall.
15:00: Exhibition (2013), a film by Joanna Hogg (featuring Viv Albertine and Liam Gillick) (duration: 104’00”)

Exhibition is a film about the love relationship we develop with our homes. When D and H decide to sell the West London townhouse they have cherished and inhabited for two decades, a difficult process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof unfolds.

Cookies is a collective of four designers based in Rotterdam. Formed by Antonio BaroneAlice GrégoireFederico Martelli and Clément Périssé in 2015, Cookies works as a platform and catalyzer for art and architecture. Using exhibition-making as a medium, Cookies explores the relation between art, research, display, curating and architecture.

Richard Venlet (AU, °1964) is an artist whose work combines art and architecture history research, exhibition design and sculpture. Altering spatial conditions by means of carefully designed interventions, his “environments” lay bare the ways in which architecture influences the experiences of bodies passing through. Venlet’s artistic practice is complemented with regular collaborations with designers and architects, including Joris Kritis and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen.

Bart Verschaffel (BE, 1956°) is Professor of Theory of Architecture and Architectural criticism. He holds an MA in Medieval History and a PhD in Philosophy. He has published widely in the fields of Architectural Theory, Theory of History, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Culture. Monographical publications include: Rome/Over theatraliteit (1990); Figuren/Essays (1995); Architecture is (as) a Gesture (2001), À propos de Balthus (2004); Van Hermes en Hestia. Teksten over architectuur (2006, 2010²); Nature morte, portrait, paysage. Essais sur les genres en peinture (2007);De zaak van de kunst (2011), Charles Vandenhove. Architecture/architectuur (2014).

Practical information
Entrance: 4 €
Seminar language: English
Audience is welcome to join at any time of the programme.
Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Les Agapes, a commissioned site-specific installation by Stéphane Barbier Bouvet, will be open during breaks.
There are several public disabled parking lots in Rue de L’Ermitage. La Loge’s main space is wheelchair accessible. The bathroom is all gender but it is not wheelchair accessible. An accessible bathroom is located at CIVA, across the street. For any other access questions email
How to find us
Direct public transport lines are available from Central and South Station (Eurostar and Thalys).
Stop Baljuw/Bailli (Intersection of avenue Louise and rue Lebroussart/rue du Bailli): Bus 54, Tram 81, 83, 94 – Stop Flagey: Bus 38, 59, 60, 71; Tram 81, 83.
With the support of Flanders State of the Arts.
The production of the scenography designed by Rotterdam-based architecture collective Cookies was made possible thanks to Vanhumbeeck Frères and the generous support of Rockwool Belgium.
Thanks to Maniera for entrusting Richard Venlet's Wolfers Daybed to La Loge.
Thanks to Vedett