Intégration Roodebeek (1982)
This work is the result of a close cooperation, from the beginning of the design phase onwards, between the architect (Jean Petit) and the artist. It is not an isolated work to be admired but a coherent whole into which the work is integrated using a unity of style and form. A relief with decorative open work in stainless steel, alternated with 24 vertical panels in Triplex glass, which serve as a wall in part of the hall. The walls of the central hall are decorated with compositions which include marble (white and grey) and stone (blue, white and grey). During the construction of the project, both the architect and the artist took into account that they had to allow the public to follow a specific route in order to give a better overview. This is how the idea to use a wall with railings came about. This wall gives a good view of the work over its entire space.
Luc Peire (Liège, 1916 - Paris, 1994)
Luc Peire studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Academy of Fine Arts) in Bruges and at Sint-Lucas in Ghent. From a vision close to Flemish expressionism, he arrived at the integration of art into architecture via abstract compositions, where vertical lines, rhythm, strong colours, light and space prevail. These characteristics transpired in all aspects of his activities: in his paintings, lithographs, drawings, serigraphs and his architectural integration work. Peire worked for some time with Permeke, participated in the "Jeune Peinture Belge" (Young Belgian painting) activities and advocates cooperation between the architect and the artist for the building design. Luc Peire owned no less than 26 workshops spread throughout the world. The location of these workshops gives an idea of the artist's international and stylistic course.