Housing Factory Hogeweg
Living / Urban Development
19 houses in former textile factory

Dewaco wants to realize 19 new housing units on the site of former knitwear factory Henri Verhulst.
Traces of the industrial past can be found almost everywhere in the Flemish villages around Brussels and Aalst. Lots of unused factory buildings were demolished without a second thought. ‘Housing Factory Hogeweg’  redevelops this example of cultural heritage into a contemporary project where old and new strengthen each other. 19 new housing units are realized within the footprint of the former factory, leaving space for a new public neighborhood garden in the center of the building block.

Deca Factory
Special
Exploring possibilities

In collaboration with Deca Packaging Group we designed a new headquarters that matches the innovative, future-oriented and ambitious character of this company. The result is a-building-in-one-piece where all the groups business parts are integrated. The new building presents itself as one robust building. The different functions are represented as aberrations to the main volume.

The complete building is cladded with steel façade profiles. Through the variation of the format of these point profiles cladding, the scale of the different façades is nuanced. The image of the building changes with the position of the sun and is always different depending on the moment in the day. The cladding is not a standard material. The profile is custom made for this project. The development of the material was a close collaboration between our designers and Arcelor Mittal.

The result is a façade where three different folded profiles are used. By changing the angle of the fold, a play of light and color emerges. Although the whole building has only one color, the different folding provides variation and liveliness in the image. The façade of the office is finished with the same façade profiles. Only here the profiles are perforated and movable, so they act as traditional sun-shadings.

Somergem Park
Living / Urban Development
Integral transformation of the Tir neighborhoud

The existing houses in Den Tir do not meet nowadays housing standards anymore and will make way for new affordable housing. The existing small houses will be replaced by a wide and contemporary variety of housing typologies. In the future there will be a place for young and old people in the renewed neighborhood, small and large families will be able to find a place and a part of the housing is reserved for elderly or handicapped. The current and new dwellers can choose between a house with a (compact) garden or an apartment with a view over the park. Besides the renewal of the housing stock, the public space will be completely renewed. Streets will become squares or new green space. The relation with the adjacent park will become stronger and custom made facilities will be placed around the new neighborhood.

Harbor. City. Transition.
Urban Development
Sustainable (re-)development strategy

Over the next three to four decades, current harbor (Nyhavna) activities are due to be relocated in stages, leaving new and central areas open for development. Strandveikaia is the important first step in a gradual transformation of the harbor into a contemporary neighborhood where living, working, culture, leisure and education can perfectly coexist. In our strategic plan we emphasize the role of the individual initiatives and ideas in this area. For any cohesive and sustainable development it is necessary that these initiatives are able to connect with and find their ‘natural habitat’ within the framework. Our proposal illustrates the potential of the area as a whole, extrapolating the cohesive effects of current initiatives in the harbor, but is not per definition showing the desired end result.

Mente en Blanco
Special
Intensified experience

Plaza de las Tres Culturas,a physical juxtaposition of Aztec, Spanish and Modern culture heritage in the heart of Mexico City, charged with historical meaning. With Mente en Blanco we are looking for a new experience for this specific location. To create this different experience we propose to privatize the square and make it accessible only via the Metropolitan Infographic Center. The MIC will be embedded in the square and charged with the history of the place. The emptiness on the square will be contrasted with the active edges and the surrounding city. This results in the intensified experience of Mexican history on this sacral place.

Jardin des Moineaux
Living / Social cultural
Sustainable transformation of the Impasse des Moineaux

Some upcoming changes adjacent to the Impasse des Moineaux ask for a intelligent approach for the sustainable (re)development of this inner area on Rue Gray. Cleaning up the dirty soil, the necessity for affordable housing and an access to the research center for urban green make the transformation necessary. The informal green atmosphere that determines the quality of the existing vegetable garden defines the conditions for the re-design of this un-urban place right in the center of Brussels.
Precisely by seeking to maximize the influence of the garden we avoid a fragmentation of the garden. All other elements are designed as ‘objects in the garden’.

Restaurant 13
Special
Interpreting Chinese typologies

Artist Ai Weiwei asked 17 architects to design a pavilion for the Jinhua Architecture Park along the Yiwu river. Restaurant 13 is build from steel, stone & bamboo as an interpretation of the Chinese dining culture. Three different speeds of ‘eating-out’ converge in a traditional watch-and-be-watched restaurant-typology; street food, eating at the table or laid-back lounging. Also in the detailing of the project traditional Chinese elements are appearing in a contemporary way.

NHK Groede
Special
Rediscovery of the original space

The Dutch Reformed Church (NHK) in Groede will be renovated. The foundation managing the church wants to renew the interior to make multifunctional use of the church possible. Ceremonies, services, lectures and exhibitions have to be able to be organized in the building. Our proposal brings back the original light and space in this Flemish Hall-Church. The historical division between the French and Flemish church is demolished. The original space is recreated. Through the materialization of the floor the history of the church remains visible. To make the multifunctional use possible 2 new volumes are inserted in the interior. The new additions have a different material to make the interior tell the history of the church.

Kulturhus Dinxperlo
Social cultural
Together under one roof

Social cultural organizations ‘Ons Huis’ and ‘Figulus’ want to develop further into a Kulturhus. Together with all the current users we worked on a plan for the adaptive reuse of the existing buildings that can represent of the envisioned collaboration. In center of the site parts and later additions of the existing buildings will be demolished to make place for a new transparent lobby representing the collaboration. The new building is facilitating the whole and makes sure the existing monumental buildings can be used intensively.

Deca Factory
Special
Exploring possibilities

In collaboration with Deca Packaging Group we designed a new headquarters that matches the innovative, future-oriented and ambitious character of this company. The result is a-building-in-one-piece where all the groups business parts are integrated. The new building presents itself as one robust building. The different functions are represented as aberrations to the main volume.

The complete building is cladded with steel façade profiles. Through the variation of the format of these point profiles cladding, the scale of the different façades is nuanced. The image of the building changes with the position of the sun and is always different depending on the moment in the day. The cladding is not a standard material. The profile is custom made for this project. The development of the material was a close collaboration between our designers and Arcelor Mittal.

The result is a façade where three different folded profiles are used. By changing the angle of the fold, a play of light and color emerges. Although the whole building has only one color, the different folding provides variation and liveliness in the image. The façade of the office is finished with the same façade profiles. Only here the profiles are perforated and movable, so they act as traditional sun-shadings.

Housing Factory Hogeweg
Living / Urban Development
19 houses in former textile factory

Dewaco wants to realize 19 new housing units on the site of former knitwear factory Henri Verhulst.
Traces of the industrial past can be found almost everywhere in the Flemish villages around Brussels and Aalst. Lots of unused factory buildings were demolished without a second thought. ‘Housing Factory Hogeweg’  redevelops this example of cultural heritage into a contemporary project where old and new strengthen each other. 19 new housing units are realized within the footprint of the former factory, leaving space for a new public neighborhood garden in the center of the building block.

Tuin van Droo
Special
Playing apart together

The open space between the Huis van Droo and the elderly home will be used by both the elderly and the children. On the one side, the children of the daycare center will use the space as their playground. On the other side, the elderly people will use it as their garden and terrace. Together we made a plan where individual, simultaneous and common use is made possible and stimulated. We looked for similarities between the smallest children and the elderly. Themes like circuits, safety, overview and coziness are considered in the plan.

The Veranda
Social cultural
Robust and sustainable

Nieuw-Sledderlo is in redevelopment. The park in the heart of the neighborhood will form the relaxed public space of this area. The new building for Gigos will be the link between the street and the park. De corridors between the different rooms are replaced by a transparent central space, which can be inside or outside.

Bodenloods
Social cultural
Flexible re-use through casco transformation

The combination of the image of the existing building and the new interventions result in the characteristic image of this building. The existing casco is flexible but a energetical and acoustical update is necessary. The image is kept, but there is some room for interventions in the facades matching the new use. The façade of this very long building gets an update and the roof is adapted to match the acoustical requirements of the theater-café . The monumental blue garagedoors moved to the interior of the foyer and make place for a large window defining the relation between inside and outside. The rithme in the façade openings is where necessary restored and strengthened by adding new openings. Also in the long facades the border between inside and outside fades away by adding large double doors.

Living at the park
Living
Living and playing at the park

The Beukenlaan is positioned in the center of a quiet neighborhood. A green playground and a soccer field lie in the center of this area. Kids come here to play and the inhabitants come here to relax.  The development of the site at the Beukenlaan provides an excellent opportunity to meet the potential of the area as the meeting point of the neighborhood. By turning the new housing and addressing the playground, the relation of this place with its surroundings remains optimal. The proposed new housing is for families and seniors.

Kulturhuis De Nieuwhof
Social cultural / Care
Upgrading the eighties

A combination of demolition and intensive reuse will transform the Nieuwhof into a ‘Kulturhus’. The original building grew in 3 phases. The current entrance is actually situated at the back entrance of the 3 different buildings. Through a radical change in the internal organization of the building, the different functions become visible again and new relations are created. Together with the current users we worked intensively on the plans, also for the interior and the outside spaces. Adaptations on the façade create a real link between inside and outside, making the whole more transparent and inviting.

The Passerel
Living / Care
Twenty care homes for Apeldoorn

What looks like a regular house in an ordinary street, is in reality a modest housing complex consisting of twenty group houses for inhabitants with a mental disability. In the smaller ‘barns’ situated on the back of the plot, the 8 ground bounded houses are located. The main house with 12 apartments is located in the street. The ‘back house’ hase an identical shape but is lifted up 1 story. On the ground floor the common spaces are situated directly in contact with the garden. The Passerel is an exeption in this part of the plan. A public route leading visitors through the whole development starts here. Inside the block, next to the barns, the vegetable garden of the Passerel is situated together with a playground for the smallest children.

Brewinc Sheds
Living
24 shed houses in the city

The reuse of the former practice rooms and the development of ‘shed houses’ was an essential part of the urban development plan for the Brewinc College location. Each shed is transformed into a house or working unit. The houses are folded around a garage at ground level, so as to maximize the living atmosphere around the central courtyard. Future buyers are offered a series of interior prototypes for their shed unit.

Hoge Rielen
Special
Sanitary pavilion in park the 'Hoge Rielen', Belgium

Park the ‘Hoge Rielen’ is a nature recreation domain with various pavilions to accommodate organised youth groups. In 2007 the Helix pavilion by Hans Barbier needed an update of it’s sanitary facilities.
Late 2007 Open Architects & JDWA won this competition. Early 2011 the pavilion was delivered. We’re only waiting now for the ‘GreenGrid’ facade to be overgrown so the pavilion becomes one with nature.

Huis van Droo
Social cultural / Care
Community center 'new style'

Duiven municipality wants to develop Droo-Zuid to be at the center of a residential service area. The aim is to provide housing for both younger and older people who require some form of care, so they can live amidst their family, neighbours and friends. Together with the users and the neighborhood we developed ‘Huis van Droo’; a community centre ‘new style’ –  the new heart of Droo-Zuid. The sports hall, situated in the center of the building, is wrapped with other public program. The neighborhood lounge, facing the entrance of the neighborhood, is the most public place in the building. The new kindergarten, care, and other neighborhood function are all positioned around the central hall.

China Contemporary
Special
Generic and specific

How to represent the collective image of a new Chinese architectural avant-garde? There currently exists a group of architects trying to react on the architectural climate. Are these architects really acting as a group? Or are they individually striving to offer an alternative? The exhibition design offers a generic display method in which the 50 projects contribute to the ‘collective image’ without losing the identity of the individual designers. 50 projects of 28 architecture offices and architects were presented on 70 ‘boxes’ and 24 hanging columns of  1.80m x 1.80m each.

NHK Groede
Special
Rediscovery of the original space

The Dutch Reformed Church (NHK) in Groede will be renovated. The foundation managing the church wants to renew the interior to make multifunctional use of the church possible. Ceremonies, services, lectures and exhibitions have to be able to be organized in the building. Our proposal brings back the original light and space in this Flemish Hall-Church. The historical division between the French and Flemish church is demolished. The original space is recreated. Through the materialization of the floor the history of the church remains visible. To make the multifunctional use possible 2 new volumes are inserted in the interior. The new additions have a different material to make the interior tell the history of the church.

Restaurant 13
Special
Interpreting Chinese typologies

Artist Ai Weiwei asked 17 architects to design a pavilion for the Jinhua Architecture Park along the Yiwu river. Restaurant 13 is build from steel, stone & bamboo as an interpretation of the Chinese dining culture. Three different speeds of ‘eating-out’ converge in a traditional watch-and-be-watched restaurant-typology; street food, eating at the table or laid-back lounging. Also in the detailing of the project traditional Chinese elements are appearing in a contemporary way.

Venice Biennial
Special
Pavilion for Alicia Framis' ANTI_DOG dress collection

For the Dutch pavilion at the 2003 Biennial in Venice, we collaborated with artist Alicia Framis on a multifunctional presentation space for her ‘anti-dog’ collection. The space consisted of a steel frame (5m diameter) covered by actual dresses of the collection. Inside videos are shown. The same room serves as a changing room used by the models taking part in the performance.

Den Leeuweric
Living / Care
Integrated in the new neighborhood

Two living groups for 8 inhabitants with a light mental handicap and 4 service flats are integrated in the new housing plan for de de Bosschen neighborhood. Den Leeuweric is a compact and efficient building with a focus on the individual dweller. The scale, design and materialization of the Leeuweric building correspond follows the housing of the surrounding de Bosschen area, thus pairing the terms ‘community healthcare’ to a ‘cozy home’ for its residents.

Klimop residential court
Living
At the court and the park

The renewal plan puts emphasis on the integration of green and the connection to adjacent green structures in the area. Compact blocks of 3 houses are positioned in such a way that space for compact public squares is created along the Klimopstraat.
The first housing block has a somewhat different status and is addressing the central park. This is our robust answer to the relationship of these houses and the central park in the plan.

Polderparel
Living
18 Houses in one compact building

The building’s footprint occupies the entire site. It’s a striking building that meets all imposed conditions by means of smart transformations on the shape and internal organization regarding the integration in the area, the program for housing and parking, spatial quality, social living qualities and architecture. The rather simple outside of the building is completed with an exciting inner world where the common outside space and the entrances to the houses are located. The materials emphasize the difference between inside and outside.

 

Paandererf
Living
Typological diversity

The specific design of the urban plan of this new living area with approximately 50 new dwellings results in an “untraditional, non-flemish” development in the center block of the neighborhood. Here we propose to position back-toe-back houses with a compact outside space. The border between public and private needs to be designed carefully. This results in a healthy mix of different types of houses, including the standard Flemish house with a garden to a penthouse with a large roof terrace.

Villa Astrid
Living / Social cultural
Redevelopment of a former villa

The project consists of an integral redevelopment of the plot of a former office villa on the Koningin Astridlaan in Turnhout. The intensive remodeling of the villa makes it possible to realize 4 apartments within the volume. In the garden there is space for the realization of 4 family houses and a kindergarten. This combination of housing and social services contributes to the liveliness of the neighborhood. The outside space will be redefined and will become part of the public space of the Astridlaan.

De Bosschen
Living / Urban Development
50 new houses integrated in the existing neighbourhood

In the eighties the residential neighbourhood ‘de Bosschen’ was developed. A good link with the Parkwijk and the city park on the other side of the ‘Steenweg op Tielen’ was unfortunately not realized. The development of the site between the road and the neighbourhood is the chance to conceive this link. In this plan 50 new houses around a new green public space are carefully positioned within the exiting situation. The program consists of family houses in different typologies, group housing for people with special needs and a new public space that links the existing neighbourhoods and the city park. The development of De Bosschen is a good opportunity to design the integration of the two residential areas. When this connection is made, also the spacious city park is within reach for existing and new inhabitants.

Residential area Ten Kouter
Living / Care
Mix of senior and family houses

28 senior apartments in Ten Kouter are outdated. The brief defined the redevelopment of the 28 units. In our proposal we added family housing to the base program in order to create a mix of housing types and of future inhabitants. In the new situation the existing street becomes a square where the use by pedestrians is leading. With this mix Ten Kouter can develop into a truly pleasant residential area for both young and old.