The architectural philosophy of Erick van Egeraat strikes a visionary balance between analysis, context and beauty. He envisages an architectural future in which the currently prevailing reductive avant-garde philosophy is superseded by a new paradigm of complexity and richness. According to Erick van Egeraat, any project should be connected to and even blend into the network and identity of its location. Therefore, great attention to the cultural and historic makeup of the site is required for a project to become a natural part of its surroundings. This emphasis on context stems from Erick van Egeraats aim to maintain, accentuate and complement the uniqueness of each individual location. Without surrendering to nostalgia or revival, he finds familiarity in the location itself, not in his own portfolio or by way of a methodical or even generic approach.
My work relates to cultural and historic contexts as a source of meaning. I aim to create a sensual and intuitive architecture that corresponds to a natural language while evoking new, emerging sensations.
While Erick van Egeraat formulates unique architectural solutions for each individual project, his basic principles remain flexibility, sensibility and sustainability at social, economic and environmental level.