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What if walls were flexible

The building sector is evolving fast and a lot: residential, industrial, public and office buildings are becoming more and more sustainable. A crucial principle is that the structural part of a building must have a long life span (> 50 years). At the same time, the design and decoration must be as flexible as possible in order to respond to changing user habits and requirements.

This is the difficult part, because existing wall solutions are very strongly based on the principle of customization. They are (almost) not modular and are not designed to overcome building tolerances. Today they are usually anchored to the building structure, so that the layout of the spaces in the building is not very flexible. The ecological footprint of such systems is also great; after all, you can only use them once.

That is why AVC Gemino created the new Space-R product in collaboration with designer Roel Vandebeek and junior designer Brecht Lamote. It is an architectural solution to quickly assemble and dismantle walls. Central in this concept is an optimal comfort for the user, both in terms of ease of use, acoustics, choice of materials, ... Furthermore, the Space-R is very environmentally friendly, because no other materials are needed for the installation. The possibility of reuse also contributes to this sustainable product system.

Company: AVC Gemino

AVC GEMINO BVBA innovates and inspires with solutions for design walls and partitions, while integrating this into an interior or office concept. All our products are our own developments, based on own aluminum profile designs with glass.

AVC is located in Kortrijk, in the innovative businesspark Evolis. Here, the production and service points are situated, together with our inspiration centre. Internationally we operate with branches and distribution points in Padova, Parijs, Genève, Stockholm, Poznan, New York, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv and Beirut.

In 2015, AVC acquired the Italian company Gemino, which had been specialising in office partitions since 2005, on an international scale. Before this, AVC and Gemino had joined in a partnership of almost 10 years for the co-design of office partition solutions, among which the grid concept, and the inspiration base fort his project. Since 2016, AVC’s official name is AVC Gemino.

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Senior Designer: Roel Vandebeek

In 1994 studeerde Roel Vandebeek af aan LUCA School of Arts in Genk. Roel is een allround ontwerper die actief is op verschillende terreinen binnen de vormgeving. Hij richtte zijn eigen bureau op eind ’96 en werkt sindsdien voor diverse nationale en internationale bedrijven in zeer uiteenlopende sectoren. Zijn ontwerpen zijn doordacht, bevreemdend en toch vertrouwd. Het zijn originele, verrassende producten met een vleugje humor.

Projectmatig werkt hij ook samen met architecten wat betreft interieurprojecten en openbare ruimten.

Momenteel loopt de eerste expo in het subliem gerenoveerde Thor Central (tot eind november). Het biedt een introductie in de wereld van Roel Vandebeek. Met zijn nieuwe concept "Objet Portrait" capteert hij de identiteit van 9 bekende Inspiratoren in unieke objecten, installaties en gebruiksvoorwerpen. Met deze "portretten" combineert Roel zijn luisterbereidheid en eigenzinnigheid. En hij blikt terug op 20 jaar als professioneel vormgever.

Junior Designer: Studio Ponton

Brecht Lamote studied product development at Universiteit Antwerpen. After gaining experience in various projects during several years, he founded Studio Ponton in 2018. As a freelance designer, his main focus lies on the combination of technical innovation, simplicity, sustainable choice of materials and a highly efficient production process. Collaboration on this project offers him a unique shot and opportunity at designing different aspects of the production process, and developing a brand new product.


This product was developed within the 5X5® innovation process. With 5X5® Voka West-Flanders and Designregion Kortrijk offer companies the opportunity to develop their idea into a new product or service under supervision and in cooperation with a designer or design team.

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