Team & services


The SSD team

Pure BIPV enthusiasts

The practice is a team of architects, engineers and solar designers led by JD Steenackers and Laurent Ney. SSD is able to work on dedicated solar structures, solar simulation aspect, complex form finding, urbanism, structural engineering or architectural contests.

Past experience

JD Steenackers is an Architect and Solar designer since 2004. He had the chance to work on great solar projects around the world with teams such as Renzo Piano, Herzog & Demeuron or Jean Nouvel. He founded SUNSOAK design in 2015 with the objective to create an architectural practice based on the solar concept.

Laurent Ney is the founder and administrator of Ney & Partners since 1998. He is an civil engineer and combines practical and theorical knowledge. He has published 3 books on his conceptual approach and is the main project conceptor on design phase.

Solar building skin design & expertise

Because architectural solar energy will be a question in many projects in the near future, SSD may provide a solar design expertise and an active glazing expertise for building skins and curtain walls. A SSD member may also be included in great teams of engineers or architects. Maybe for a particular architectural contest, for writing the specs or following the work site, but always on the sunny side of the envelope. As BIPV expert, JD Steenackers worked with:

RPBW Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paris | Herzog & Demeuron, Basel | ANMA/Agence Nicolas Michelin, Paris | Architecture Studio, Paris | Shigeru Ban Architects, Paris | JNA/Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris | UN Studio, Amsterdam | Wilmotte & Associés, Paris, Nice | Jacques Ferrier Architectures, Paris | ARUP, London | DPA/Dominique Perrault Architecture, Paris | Architectes Associés, Brussels | NEY + Partners, Brussels | SAI/Samyn et Partners, Brussels | Santiago Calatrava, Architects & Engineers, Zurich.

Solar structures

Solar structure design is a perfect way to introduce elegant renewable energy in the city, where the consumer is. Those structures will cover public spaces, EV parkings, rooftops, office building entrance or surround existing buildings. The loss factor in long distribution cable ducts is then avoided. Dedicated structures can marry high-tech solar glasses with thin metallic or rough wooden beams, slightly south oriented.