Generiek is an architectural office based in Belgium and Shanghai. It was founded in 2015 and is led by Lorenz Adriaens, Lando de Keyzer and Richard Leung. Recent commissions include a series of housing projects within the Flemish landscape. Our projects adopt a generic grammar of typologies and techniques as a guiding framework to claim and create spaces out of specific sites and contexts. The office is interested in working along a range of scales, from furniture to urban and territorial planning. Theory and research forms a core aspect during our design process.
The word generic is etymologically derived from the Latin word genus, meaning to arrange and classify. In a way, to establish a sense of order, to organise and to seek coherence and commonality among disparate entities (objects, spaces and people etc.).
Sharing similar etymological roots with genesis (of birth and formation), by a generic approach to appropriating space, only then can life lived within architecture truly exist and grow. It is with this approach that Generiek practices, by first understanding the forms of life lived in contemporary society, and translating these relationships into physical space.