ONO Architectuur

Community Center De Steen
(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

ONO Architectuur was set up in 2007 by Gert Somers and Jonas Lindekens. 'Each project follows its own routes and explores its own fields of interest,' they explain, pointing out specific elements that drove particular briefs. 'In Waasmunster the client asked for a house that would allow them to move around functions easily, leading to a specific open plan.' Material and structural simplicity is expressed in the concrete block walls and monumental wooden roof, oversailing an arrangement of courtyards and light wells. Other projects take inspiration from local and historical context, from 1950s movies to the classicism of Claude Ledoux. 'Sometimes a project is clearly influenced by a specific element, often the influence becomes blurred in the final design or is absorbed in many layers,' they say. 'Each project has its moments of relevance.' ONO's ongoing mission is to create a sense of continuation and unity, building a body of work that takes in a wide sphere of influence but still expresses a common sensibility.
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Community Center De Steen

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

Community Center De Steen

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

De Ruyte Shoe Shop

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

De Ruyte Shoe Shop

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

De Ruyte Shoe Shop

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

Family House

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

Family House

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

Family House

(Image credit: Filip Dujardin)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture Editor at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018) and Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020).