The Robbrecht and Daem architecten agency was founded in 1975 Paul Robbrecht en Hilde Daem and has completed a diverse range of projects over a period of more than 30 years.
The theme throughout their work is the relationship that they maintain between their architectural designs and the visual arts. They have also designed buildings to be used for performing arts and music. Even the scientific-technical designs they have made, such as the laboratories, juxtapose the building with contemporary art.
Robbrecht and Daem architecten's architecture aims to establish a very contemporary and humane position, with their constructions making statements in a broad cultural context of science and art.
Robbrecht and Daem architecten have designed major urban development and landscaping projects such as the urban integration of the Oosterweelconnection for the closing of the ring around Antwerp.
Examples of their work include:
- the Aue Pavilion s for Document IX in Kassel - Germany
- the Katoen Natie headquarters in Antwerp - Belgium
- the Sammlung Hauser und Wirth in Sankt Gallen - Switzerland
- the Museum Square and the Diepe Fontein by Cristina Iglesias in Antwerp in collaboration with MJ Van Hee
- the Design for the Alnwick Castle Gardens Pavilion in Northumberland - England
- the extensions to the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam - the Netherlands
- the Concert Hall in Bruges
as well as
- the master plan for the Antwerp Zoo an its execution
- the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London – England
- The Renovation of the St-Felix Warehouses for the Antwerp City Archives, Antwerp – Belgium
- University Library in Ghent – Belgium
- Shopping Mall and residential complex ‘St-Janspoort’ in Kortrijk – Belgium
- Oosterweelconnection in Antwerp – Belgium
Robbrecht en Daem architecten has been honoured with several prizes and awards.
In 1997, Robbrecht and Daem (along with M-Jose Van Hee) received the Flemish Cultural Prize for Architecture. In 2008 they received the International Klippan Award for the reconversion of a former diary into a small Concert Hall for chamber music in Gaasbeek..
Its only recently in October 2009 that they have been awarded by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for their work as International Fellow.