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    • So_Ghent

      The requested program for the building, being a combination of a primary school, an after school care centre, a nursery and sports facilities for the school and its neighbourhood is diverse, extensive, demands a great deal of outside space and is rather big for the rather small site.
      In order to realise the complexity of programs on the site, XDGA assembles the entire built program into one compact volume of 40 by 31 m and stacks all the various outdoor areas in one open room.
      The two volumes together cover the maximum envelope possible on the site; one half indoors, one half outdoors. The unity of the two volumes is created by a shared façade structure, a galvanised steel frame.
      On the side of the exterior room, the supporting frame is covered with a metal mesh with some cut outs, and will be overgrown with vegetation. On the side of the interior volume, the façades of the building are designed as a patchwork of open and closed areas that generate views to the square, the street, the quay or the park.

      The requested program for the building, being a combination of a primary school, an after school care centre, a nursery and sports facilities for the school and its neighbourhood is diverse, extensive, demands a great …

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    • 2015195 So_Ghent

      Competition 1 prize, Ongoing

      CityGhent

      ProgramSchoolbuilding and sports facilities

      Year2015

      ProcedureCompetition 1 prize

      StatusOngoing

      ClientSO Gent

      ArchitectsXaveer De Geyter Architects

  • T’ Zand Bruges

    T' Zand Bruges
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    • T’ Zand Bruges

      The streets and public squares of the centre of Bruges retain a remarkable harmony with their buildings. However, the square ‘t Zand’, situated on the border of the inner city, is an exception to this rule and presents itself as a large empty place with no real relation to the surrounding buildings. Only the concert hall at the southern edge of the space is somewhat related to the scale of the square. The square is intensely used by a variety of large scale activities that creates a lively, functional and essential part of the city. In order to keep this functional quality to its maximum, one should provide the space with a focus point, a ‘place-mark’, instead of strengthening the spatial definition of its borders.
      This place-mark creates a counter point to the spatial emptiness of the square and locates a meeting point for when the square is used.

      At the north side of the square we propose a circular, translucent canopy, the same width as the square. This object; a round bowl with a circular oculus in the middle, functions as both a sheltering roof and as a waterfall. The reflection of the water, the play of light and shadow, defines an ever changing atmosphere and experience.
      The object itself is as immaterial as possible; a translucent fabric suspended below a series of concentric rings which catch the rainwater into a cascade that flows softly towards the central waterfall opening. At the level of the square further fountains are foreseen, their change in flow and ebb providing a constant varying play of water. The new fountain canopy becomes a point of attraction which allows the inhabitation of the empty vastness of the square and creates opportunities for different activities and appropriations.

      The streets and public squares of the centre of Bruges retain a remarkable harmony with their buildings. However, the square ‘t Zand’, situated on the border of the inner city, is an exception to this …

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    • 2015197_ T’ Zand Bruges

      Competition,

      CityBruges

      ProgramPublic square

      Year2015

      ProcedureCompetition

      Clientthe City of Bruges

      Total floor area22 300 m²

      Budget8 000 000 €

      ArchitectsXDGA

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      ModelXDGA

      PhotographsXDGA

      Building area2071 m²

      Surface site8 710 m²

  • GZA Residential Care Center

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    • GZA Residential Care Center

      This care campus for the elderly is situated within the ancient walls of a former convent. The site is a unique green peaceful place in a dense urban fabric of mainly housing.
      The project consists out of two independent buildings, one a residential care centre for 120 residents with a day centre for 15 people and the other contains 45 service flats. The two buildings stand on top of a common underground parking.
      The care centre is a freestanding building in the park, becoming part of the group of independent buildings inside the ancient walls of the monastery; the boomerang-shaped plan of the building allows the landscape to run continuously around the building. The ground floor houses the daycare centre and the general functions of the nursing home: reception, management, cafeteria, hairdressing, physiotherapy room and occupational therapy. The four floors on top host each 30 rooms, forming two residential groups. The residents’ rooms are situated on one side of the boomerang while the open living areas, focusing on the park, are on the other side. The rooms open directly towards the living room, eliminating long corridors. The atmosphere is homely and the residents can profit from a panoramic view towards the park. Outside the mirrored facade reflects the green of the old monastery garden.
      The service flats complex both completes the existing city block and on the other hand it inscribes itself into the logic of the freestanding buildings in the convent garden. It has four floors of flats that are optimally oriented.
      Open galleries organise the horizontal circulation of the complex. The apartments have an open plan around a central core containing the bathroom, a kitchen, and storage and can be flexibly divided with semi-transparent sliding walls. They have an indoor terrace that can be closed in winter and can be used as extra interior space.

      This care campus for the elderly is situated within the ancient walls of a former convent. The site is a unique green peaceful place in a dense urban fabric of mainly housing. The project consists …

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    • 2011-2017143 GZA Residential Care Center

      Commission, Under construction

      CityAntwerp

      ProgramHousing / Healthcare

      Year2011-2017

      ProcedureCommission

      StatusUnder construction

      ClientGZA vzw

      Total floor area16 400 m²

      Budget26 700 000 €

      ArchitectsXDGA

      LandscapeXDGA

      Structural engineerRaadgevend Ingenieursbureau BEC

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      ModelXDGA

      Building area3 900 m²

      Surface site11 700m²

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    • Waterfront Promenade

      This design proposal consists in a first phase of the logical extension of the existing boardwalk and broadening of the typical vegetation of Vlora. Extending the trees of Soda Woods over the full 5 km long coastline not only creates a harmonious whole, but also a unique and specific identity for the coastal town, typical of Albania’s Mediterranean landscape. The ‘Aleppo Pine’, a pine native to the Mediterranean region, has a thin stem and a broad but flattened crown, thereby preserving the view onto the sea at all times and offering shade for all kinds of activities underneath the trees (sunbathing, sports, parking …). In a later stage, certain areas can be tackled in a more focused way, for example through the creation of new white beach areas, sports grounds, swimming areas and water parks, a pier and a marina, new hotels, a floating island, … This design proposal is open to interpretation and extremely flexible in sequencing and implementation: an instrument of urban intervention in the urban coastal area of Albania, in order to serve as a model.

      This design proposal consists in a first phase of the logical extension of the existing boardwalk and broadening of the typical vegetation of Vlora. Extending the trees of Soda Woods over the full 5 km …

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    • 2014182 Waterfront Promenade

      competition − 1st prize, in progress

      CityVlora

      ProgramLandscape Design, Urban Design, Waterfront

      Year2014

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusin progress

      ClientCity of Vlora, Ministry of Tourism, Government of Albania

      Total floor area5 km, approx.125 ha

  • IOC

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    • IOC

      CONCEPT

      The ‘enfilade’ strategy has certainly reached its limits and is no longer suitable for the actual demand. It will not be able to cope with a premise of 10.000 m² above ground level. Nor does it allow the configuration of a fully interactive work environment. In order not to compete against the castle, XDGA proposes to literally provide a large work-field on ground level, situated at the central part of the site, with the castle positioned inside. All activities are gathered in a large open space, all the supporting facilities are organized under this surface.

      ONE BUILDING

      The building that contains this surface, is conceived as a transparent, prismatic volume, an intermediate structure in between the castle and the surrounding nature. It has a constant perimeter height of 13 meters, allowing a free view from the castle towards the park and vice versa. The castle, in its glorious new role, defines the inside space together with a patio, similar in size.

      ONE ROOF

      As immaterial as the outside skin is intended to be, as tectonic is the roof that slopes down from this horizontal perimeter to the patio and upwards to the castle. The sloping planes along the facades reflect the park or the work spaces inside, thus blurring the boundary between inside and outside. The planes in the middle bring in filtered daylight, the one on top of the castle is fully transparent. The roof symbolizes and visualizes such values as unity and collaboration.

      CONCEPT The ‘enfilade’ strategy has certainly reached its limits and is no longer suitable for the actual demand. It will not be able to cope with a premise of 10.000 m² above ground level. Nor …

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    • 2014176 IOC

      competition, finalist

      CityLausanne

      Year2014

      Procedurecompetition

      Statusfinalist

      ClientInternational Olympic Committee (IOC)

      Total floor area13.024 m²

      Budget86.651.276 CHF (71.152.135 €)

      Structural engineerWerner Sobek Engineering

      Mechanical engineerWerner Sobek Engineering

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

      Surface site19.687 m²

  • Faculty of Economics

    Pôle européen de gestion et d'économie (PEGE)
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    • Faculty of Economics

      There appears to be one constant about academic buildings; they require extensions, often at the cost of their own initial qualities. The existing Management School building in Strasbourg, France, is no exception. The competition asked for a freestanding volume on top of the existing parking, filling completely the only outdoor space of the plot.
      Instead of adding, XDGA’s proposal removes unnecessary elements; making room for new programs inside the existing volume. Two new buildings are built within the existing one; a new library replaces an underused parking level and the demolition of existing floor slabs creates a triple high entrance lobby.
      The new library is a continuous horizontal space. Its uniform structure allows flexibility of use over time. The library’s roof is the courtyard that the university has lacked. It is directly accessible from the existing building and populated with lightweight structures such as an outdoor amphitheater and a glass pavilion for the school’s restaurant that will enhance the campus life.

      There appears to be one constant about academic buildings; they require extensions, often at the cost of their own initial qualities. The existing Management School building in Strasbourg, France, is no exception. The competition asked …

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    • 2013-2016170 Faculty of Economics

      competition − 1st prize, in progress

      CityStrasbourg

      Programlibrary, offices, administration

      Year2013-2016

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusin progress

      ClientRégion Alsace

      Total floor area3.280 m² (extension) + 3.875 m² (rehabilitation)

      Budget12.400.000 €

      Structural engineerBollinger + Grohmann

      Mechanical engineerAlto Ingénierie

      EconomyCholley

  • Z33

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    • Z33

      In 2012, a competition was organized for the expansion of the Z33 museum in Hasselt.

      The museum uniquely inhabits a picturesque collection of buildings from different periods in the setting of a former convent.

      The intimacy and variety of the museum’s existing repertoire is to be further expanded with the insertion of a new building offering new levels of flexibility and curatorial potential.

      Basing its height on that of the ruined chapel whose carcass still inhabits the central garden space, the new building delicately delivers both an identifiable center point for the museumsite and unprecedented verticality for installation.

      In 2012, a competition was organized for the expansion of the Z33 museum in Hasselt. The museum uniquely inhabits a picturesque collection of buildings from different periods in the setting of a former convent. The …

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    • 2012158 Z33

      competition,

      CityHasselt

      Programmuseum, offices, workshop, logistics

      Year2012

      Procedurecompetition

      ClientZ33 House for contemporary art

      Total floor area2.980 m²

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Silo building

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    • Silo building

      The project for the redevelopment of Leuven’s iconic Silo building lies on the canal basin of the city’s ‘Two Waters district. A cluster of 56 enormous concrete cylinders more than 70m high are to be redeveloped as residential units and a hotel with cultural and public facilities at ground level. Above the silos and cantilevering over a new public square addressing the basin, a horizontal volume hovers providing further space for residences and offices. Occupying the space between the two, a publicly accessible terrace with restaurants offers a truly unique urban balcony with panoramic city views.

      The project for the redevelopment of Leuven’s iconic Silo building lies on the canal basin of the city’s ‘Two Waters district. A cluster of 56 enormous concrete cylinders more than 70m high are to be redeveloped …

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    • 2006-2013149 Silo building

      competition − 1st prize, in progress

      CityLeuven

      Programhousing, hotel, offices, shops, culture

      Year2006-2013

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusin progress

      ClientErtzberg

      Total floor area54.468 m²

      Budget6.430.000 €

      Structural engineerBollinger-Grohmann

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Province Headquarters

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    • Province Headquarters

      In 2011, the Province of Antwerp initiated a competition for the replacement of its existing and outdated office tower on the city’s Koningin Elisabeth lei. XDGA’s winning design removes almost all the existing tower except a single horizontal pavilion volume containing two auditoria which is used as the keystone for the design of the new building. A fragmentary collection of existing gardens is united to form a single entity and an attractive public setting for the public institution. While the width and orientation of the existing tower had cut off all visibility from the street to the rear garden, the new building sits perpendicularly on the remaining pavilion opening up views and establishing an engaging relationship at ground level between new and old. The upper floors of the office volume rotate as they ascend, taking account of existing neighbours and alignments and offering democratic access to views over the gardens and the adjacent parks.

      In 2011, the Province of Antwerp initiated a competition for the replacement of its existing and outdated office tower on the city’s Koningin Elisabeth lei. XDGA’s winning design removes almost all the existing tower except …

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    • 2011-2017146 Province Headquarters

      competition − 1st prize, in progress

      CityAntwerp

      Programnew headquarters for the provincial administration of Antwerp

      Year2011-2017

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusin progress

      ClientProvince of Antwerp

      Total floor area33.000 m²

      Budget60.696.102 €

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerBollinger-Grohmann

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Square Schuman

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    • Square Schuman

      The new Schuman Square in Brussels will be an icon for a democratic Europe. The banishing of high density traffic to a new underground tunnel allows the formerly isolated roundabout to achieve unprecedented integration and to form the central public space of the European District. In the center of this new space and in the axis of the most powerful corridor of regional, national and international power in the country, XDGA has designed a circular, shell shaped amphitheater. The intervention serves not only as an auditorium or amphitheater but also as an arena, a stand, a meeting place and a forum for open debate; a parliament for the people. This highly symbolic gesture provides a neutral and inclusive facility for politics, journalism, culture, sports events and manifestations alike.

      The new Schuman Square in Brussels will be an icon for a democratic Europe. The banishing of high density traffic to a new underground tunnel allows the formerly isolated roundabout to achieve unprecedented integration and …

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    • 2010-2017139 Square Schuman

      competition − 1st prize,

      CityBrussels

      Programpublic space

      Year2010-2017

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      ClientBrussels Capital Region

      Total floor area29.544 m² (underground: 935 m², amphitheatre: 2.462 m², square: 26.147 m²)

      Budget13.238.000 €

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Paris-Saclay

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      This master-planning project for the Saclay plateau is a real challenge in terms of scale. The 385 km² large site is located southeast of Paris and stretches from Versailles until Massy, a distance of more than 25km. The site is meant to mainly host research facilities, different universities and their related functions. In total more than 5 000 000 m² will be built here in order to develop this area towards an international leading Cluster of technology and science.

      The master plan proposes a rather compact urbanisation as to preserve the existing agriculture and uses the landscape and the public space as main structural elements for the new university campus layout. A new metro line links the area to its surroundings as well as to the Paris city center.

      The campus Paris-Saclay is designed as an archipelago of different districts linked by a chain of public spaces and parks, co-existing in harmony with the existing agriculture and landscape. The different buildings are currently object of international architectural competitions, and their construction has started.

      In 2014, the client decided to organise an exhibition to communicate the project to the public. XDGA designed a scenography in order to communicate the different aspects and interests of the project to the large public

      This master-planning project for the Saclay plateau is a real challenge in terms of scale. The 385 km² large site is located southeast of Paris and stretches from Versailles until Massy, a distance of more …

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    • 2009-2015130 Paris-Saclay

      commission, in progress

      CityParis

      ProgramMixed use master-plan, housing, offices, shopping, infrastructure, universities

      Year2009-2015

      Procedurecommission

      Statusin progress

      ClientOIN Paris-Saclay

      ArchitectsXDGA-FAA

      LandscapeMichel Desvignes Paysagiste

      ModelXDGA

      Photographs354 photographes

      Building area5.000.000 m²

      Surface site385 km²

      ConsultantTractebel (Tritel), Arep, Setec TPI

  • PAPS

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      The new PAPS facility for the University of Strasbourg is to be realized on the site of a historic hospital. XDGA proposes to radically open up the site and to make it accessible for University personnel, students and public alike. By lifting the main volume off the ground, an open and inviting relationship is created which visually and physically links the surrounding streets with the previously inaccessible internal gardens. The surface of the main arrival level slopes both upwards to the raised volume and downwards to a sunken library. These slopes are used as auditoria, generous vertical connections, reading rooms and informal meeting places. At the center of the building, a full height atrium with a removable soft roof brings natural light into the heart of the classrooms and offices.

      The new PAPS facility for the University of Strasbourg is to be realized on the site of a historic hospital. XDGA proposes to radically open up the site and to make it accessible for University …

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    • 2009126 PAPS

      competition,

      CityStrasbourg

      Programauditorium, classrooms, offices, library, cafetaria, garden, bycicle parking

      Year2009

      Procedurecompetition

      ClientPôle d’Administration Publique de Strasbourg (PAPS)

      Total floor area12.500 m²

      Budget22.240.000 €

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      Mechanical engineerAlto Ingénierie

      ModelXDGA

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

      EconomyCholley

  • Warehouse Macdonald

    Warehouse Macdonald
  • Rue de la Loi

    Rue de la Loi
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    • Rue de la Loi

      In 2008, an International competition was announced with, as its goal the redefinition and revamping of Brussel’s notorious Wetstraat, the provision of considerable additional office and residential surfaces and in a wider context, the contentious issue of the urban integration of the European institutions within the city. XDGA’s proposal takes on issues of density, urban mix, infrastructure and public space and does so by grouping them in a concentrated square of activity precisely at the moment where the well defined section of the Wetstraat gives way to the more loose and campus-like condition which characterizes the European quarter and its collection of varied, large scale volumes. It is this cross hair location which is key; it offers an integrated presence in the well defined urban structure of the former and takes advantage of the larger scale advantages of the latter to accommodate the huge programmatic surfaces required. The result is a compact and efficient urban form, which intimately engages the roads and metro lines running underground and uses them to enliven and offer a metropolitan character to the block. Unapologetically imposing and yet deeply rooted in the urban fabric and logic of the situation, the complex of towers seem to have been hewn from far larger original volumes evident at the base where conference, shopping, lobbies and a lively public plaza give a rich sense of urbanity for all.

      In 2008, an International competition was announced with, as its goal the redefinition and revamping of Brussel’s notorious Wetstraat, the provision of considerable additional office and residential surfaces and in a wider context, the contentious …

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    • 2008-2009116 Rue de la Loi

      competition,

      CityBrussels

      Programdefinition of a new urban form for the Rue de la Loi

      Year2008-2009

      Procedurecompetition

      ClientBrussels Capital Region

      Total floor area506.000 m² (excl. parking)

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Police Station

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    • Police Station

      The design of the new police headquarters in Kortrijk features a simple vertical composition of two triangular volumes with a large open space between them. A gridded field of rectangular perforations are made in both upper and lower volumes allowing both daylight penetration and a subtle disruption of the large plan surfaces. These perforations vary functionally as voids, exterior patios, atria and glass volumes. They impart a gentle specificity to the otherwise flexible and generic office floors and provide both physical and visual connectivity between all floors.

      The design of the new police headquarters in Kortrijk features a simple vertical composition of two triangular volumes with a large open space between them. A gridded field of rectangular perforations are made in both …

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    • 2007-2013097 Police Station

      competition − 1st prize, discontinued

      CityKortrijk

      Programpolice headquarters

      Year2007-2013

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusdiscontinued

      ClientStadsontwikkelingsbedrijf Kortrijk

      Total floor area23.000 m²

      Budget20.836.905 €

      Structural engineerNey & partners

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Bezalel Academy

    Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
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    • Bezalel Academy

      The design for the new Bezalel Arts Academy consists of two matching cubic volumes. One is partially embedded in the steeply sloping terrain of the site while the other is lifted from it and rests on a series of upturned pyramidal supports. Uniting both, a partially underground socle contains the collective programs and serves as the academy’s main arrival and distribution point. The polarity of the two volumes allows a subtle relationship between the two to be established and in turn between them and their deeply historical context whilst also emphasizing the independence of the Academy itself.

      The design for the new Bezalel Arts Academy consists of two matching cubic volumes. One is partially embedded in the steeply sloping terrain of the site while the other is lifted from it and rests …

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    • 2007089 Bezalel Academy

      competition − 2nd prize,

      CityJeruzalem

      Programnew campus for the architecture department of the academy

      Year2007

      Procedurecompetition − 2nd prize

      ClientBezalel Academy of Art and Design

      Total floor area30.000 m²

      PhotographsXDGA

  • Square Rogier

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      XDGA’s competition winning design for the Place Rogier in Brussels and its surroundings takes place on a number of levels.
      On the square itself, a generous patio is carefully excavated into the subterranean levels. The patio not only provides daylight to what are traditionally dark and artificially lit spaces but also acts as a connector, linking and facilitating the smooth interchange of passengers to and from street level to the intermodal transit hub. An enormous 64 metres diameter floating canopy covers not only the patio but also a bus stop, a significant portion of the square and even a part of the Brussels inner ring road. Together with the redesign of the square and its surrounding streets the project represents a daring new approach to the relationship between public space and public transport in the city.

      XDGA’s competition winning design for the Place Rogier in Brussels and its surroundings takes place on a number of levels. On the square itself, a generous patio is carefully excavated into the subterranean levels. The …

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    • 2006-2015080 Square Rogier

      competition − 1st prize, in progress

      CityBrussels

      Programrenewal of Place Rogier and the Boulevard Botanique, with the rehabilitation of the subway station Rogier

      Year2006-2015

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusin progress

      ClientBrussels Capital Region

      Total floor area45.000 m² (square: 9.000 m², metro: 7.000 m², boulevard: 29.000 m²)

      Budget20.000.000 €

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Baltic Pearl

    Baltic Pearl
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • Baltic Pearl

      The core preoccupation of XDGA’s Baltic Pearl project, both its masterplan and its colossal landmark building lies in the combination of diverse and contrasting components and to do so brutally and at first sight unsympathetically. Even normal programmatic givens such as horizontality and verticality have been suppressed in order to make way for almost utopian levels of ambition. The resulting fusion facilitates an entirely new model of urbanity.

      The core preoccupation of XDGA’s Baltic Pearl project, both its masterplan and its colossal landmark building lies in the combination of diverse and contrasting components and to do so brutally and at first sight unsympathetically. …

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    • 2005069 Baltic Pearl

      idea competition,

      CitySaint Petersburg

      Programmasterplan for the extension of Sint Petersburg and design of a landmark building with appartments, commercial functions, casino, hotel, offices, aquatic center

      Year2005

      Procedureidea competition

      ClientZOA Baltic Pearl

      Total floor area345.000 m² landmark, 1.000.000 m² housing

  • Private house

    Private house
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • Private house

      For this private villa, XDGA looks to the often farcical and contradictory nature of the family house. The domestic vision of unity and order is frequently programmatically far more nuanced and chaotic. Here, the stable appearance of the exterior of the villa belies an interior composed almost entirely of moveable walls of varying solidity and translucency in an endless state of flux. Rooms can be manipulated, extended or dissolved completely assuming and accumulating new roles, new objects and new conditions. This domestic theatre plays out along one entirely glazed wall towards a tranquil and private wooded audience.

      BELGIAN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE 2013, selection category ‘residential private’

      For this private villa, XDGA looks to the often farcical and contradictory nature of the family house. The domestic vision of unity and order is frequently programmatically far more nuanced and chaotic. Here, the stable …

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    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • 2005-2010068 Private house

      commission, built

      CityHoeilaart

      Programprivate house

      Year2005-2010

      Procedurecommission

      Statusbuilt

      Clientconfidential

      Total floor area320 m²

      Budget350.000 €

      Structural engineerEddy Henskens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • EPFL Learning Center

    EPFL Learning Center
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    • EPFL Learning Center

      In order to enrich and intensify the urban figure of the EPFL university campus as well as to install a visual relation with the splendid surroundings, the best location for the Learning Centre is at the very core of the existing campus; on the Esplanade and directly grafted on the main circulation axes at various levels of the existing campus buildings. By doing so we can transform the original competition site (which we enlarge to its maximum size) into a continuous park, with a number of cutouts for parking, gardens and future building programs. In this sense it forms a counterpart to the existing campus in which the open space is limited to a series of leftover fragments between buildings. At the center of the campus, the Allée de Savoye is reshaped into a big void; a green mall. At the south side the Allée dives under the Route du Lac to establish a link with the future student housing area. On the north side it leads to the Esplanade, with the new Learning Center on top. Underneath the reshaped Esplanade a new cafeteria, the student organization offices, a shop and a bicycle storage are housed with a view onto the Allée de Savoye. Furthermore it contains a parking garage, a loading bay and technical space. The vertical circulation is organized through a combination of a vertical shaft with elevators and double helix escape stairs, and an inclined void throughout the building with a cascade of stairs and escalators. This outside space can be covered by a glass roof in winter.

      In order to enrich and intensify the urban figure of the EPFL university campus as well as to install a visual relation with the splendid surroundings, the best location for the Learning Centre is at …

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    • 2004059 EPFL Learning Center

      competition,

      CityLausanne

      Programlaboratory for learning, a library and an international cultural hub for EPFL, open to both students and the public

      Year2004

      Procedurecompetition

      ClientConfédération Suisse represented by the Council of Polytechnic Schools, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL)

      Total floor area20.000 m²

      Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners

      Mechanical engineerOve Arup & Partners

      PhotographsXDGA

  • European Patent Office

    European Patent Office (EPO)
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • European Patent Office

      XDGA’s winning proposal for the new headquarters building of the European Patent Office (EPO) seeks to radically reinterpret both the internal dynamics of the institution’s existing collection of facilities and also its relationship with its surroundings. The resulting form is a hybrid of a series of seemingly individual towers united along one edge by an elementary spine of offices. Between the towers, deep cuts are made into the spine producing monumental gateways framing views and giving access to a new distribution plaza for the facility. The result offers strikingly contrasting images of the building from its two primary sides. Towards the plaza, a single huge surface with large gates of varying heights and on the street side a more playful composition of towers with unique facades.

      XDGA’s winning proposal for the new headquarters building of the European Patent Office (EPO) seeks to radically reinterpret both the internal dynamics of the institution’s existing collection of facilities and also its relationship with its …

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    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • 2004-2005055 European Patent Office

      competition − 1st prize, discontinued

      CityThe Hague

      Programoffices, public facilities and convention centre

      Year2004-2005

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize

      Statusdiscontinued

      ClientEuropean Patent Office (EPO)

      Total floor area71.000 m²

      Budget105.000.000 €

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners

      Mechanical engineerOve Arup & Partners

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Oxymétal

    Oxymétal Housing
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    • Oxymétal

      A high density housing program, providing 410 apartments, some local commercial activities and a vast parking facility is to be installed in a low density part of the city. The site is located on the dividing line between the homogeneous urban fabric of the inner city and the loose conurbation of the periphery. Today the railway tracks cut the area from the centre, but in a nearby future part of them will be transformed into a new part of the city. The immediate surroundings are a compilation of workshops, individual housing, and collective housing buildings standing loose from the street. A series of repetitive semi-public gardens make the only coherence. Through its layout the project establishes new physical and visual continuities with the existing open space and with the new developments on the railway area. The new buildings are positioned along two adjacent streets, standing on a half sunken parking garage and leaving a maximum size garden at the center of the parcel. One long block is placed along Jouhaux Street. Six gates give access to the different entrance halls. The central opening is high and monumental, creating a passage from the street where a new tram stop will be installed, towards the new garden. The smaller blocks are placed on pilotis and parallel to the main block along Vernet Street, allowing large views, and creating links towards the future developments of the station environment. One more irregular volume is at the other side of the garden. The parking facilities are located in a half sunken parking garage that connects the different buildings, and partly in open air at the border of the garden. The volumes are a composition of tree superposed elements: a pedestal volume of two layers cut up by the gates, a main volume of six layers and roof pavilions of one layer. The lower volumes have glass brick balconies. The main volume has a large scale aluminum louver system with an alternating pattern on the street side and a continuous horizontal pattern on the garden side. The roof pavilions are clad in glass mosaic tiles. Mirroring stainless steel cladding for the columns, colorless glass mosaic for the walls and translucent polycarbonate as a ceiling frame the views on entrance level.

      A high density housing program, providing 410 apartments, some local commercial activities and a vast parking facility is to be installed in a low density part of the city. The site is located on the …

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    • 2003-2009050 Oxymétal

      commission, built

      CityBordeaux

      Programhousing with 410 apartments

      Year2003-2009

      Procedurecommission

      Statusbuilt

      ClientKaufman & Broad, SCI Richelieu

      Total floor area53.285 m²

      Budget24.400.000 €

      Structural engineerBETEC

      Mechanical engineerHolisud

      PhotographsXDGA

  • Les Halles

    Les Halles
    • © OMA - XDGA - ONE, photo Hans Werlemann
    • Les Halles

      The current configuration of Les Halles in Paris suffers from an urban configuration bereft of interaction between the ground level park and the gargantuan basement on which it almost inadvertently stands. The vast underground contains not only huge surfaces of program but also two transport stations. Together these stations form one of the most intensely used and important transport hubs in the entire city. The proposal of OMA/XDGA/ONE seeks to establish a more direct relationship between the two existing worlds and amplify the richness and intensity of both through interaction. The main gesture is the excavation of a single valley, which with almost surgical precision exposes the most varied moment in the underground; a slice of programmatic accessibility which unites the city with shopping, cinema complex, cultural programs and both metro and RER stations. In a dialogue between ground plane and basement, further locations have been identified within the complex existing structure where extrusion or excavation can further diversify and enrich the new urban experience.

      The current configuration of Les Halles in Paris suffers from an urban configuration bereft of interaction between the ground level park and the gargantuan basement on which it almost inadvertently stands. The vast underground contains …

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    • 2003-2004048 Les Halles

      competitive dialogue − competition,

      CityParis

      Year2003-2004

      Procedurecompetitive dialogue − competition

      Total floor area300.000 m² (renovation) + 35.000 m² (new)

      ArchitectsOMA (mandatory), XDGA, One Architecture

      LandscapeAgence Ter

      Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners

      Mechanical engineerOve Arup & Partners

      PhotographsHans Werlemann

  • Kitchen Tower

    Kitchen Tower
    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
    • Kitchen Tower

      The commission for the Hotel school campus in Anderlecht features masterplanning, renovation and addition. The existing components of the campus were to be upgraded and renovated to provide a boarding school, offices, teaching facilities and study areas. Furthermore, a new tower building composed almost entirely of fully functioning kitchen classrooms was inserted within the campus serving both as an internal orientation point and as a landmark towards the nearby main ring road of Brussels which skirts one edge of the campus. The organization of the tower itself is largely driven by the efficient delivery and extraction of air to the heavily mechanized kitchen classrooms. Along three sides of these 12 stacked square floors of kitchens, a series of vertical service cores provide not only technical support to the kitchens in the form of lifts, ductwork, toilets and escape stairs but also structural support allowing all floors to be entirely flexible, free from structure and enjoying all round panoramic views of the city. Externally, a slender glass façade minimally wraps the floor plates while the various vertical cores lend each façade a unique yet consistent character.

      BIGMAT AWARD 2013, International Architecture Award, Grand Prize
      BELGIAN PRIZE FOR ARCHITECTURE 2013, nomination category ‘not-residential public’

      The commission for the Hotel school campus in Anderlecht features masterplanning, renovation and addition. The existing components of the campus were to be upgraded and renovated to provide a boarding school, offices, teaching facilities and …

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    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
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    • 2003-2011042 Kitchen Tower

      competition, built

      CityBrussels

      Programentrance pavillion, sportshall, kitchen tower, student housing, parking and renovation existing buildings

      Year2003-2011

      Procedurecompetition

      Statusbuilt

      ClientVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

      Total floor area3.293 m²

      Budget8.735.000 €

      ArchitectsXDGA, with Barbara Van Der Wee (renovation existing buildings)

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Sint-Lucas

    Sint-Lucas School of Fine Arts
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    • Sint-Lucas

      In its initial form, the project for the Hogeschool St Lucas in Gent consisted of an overall masterplan for the campus, the renovation of several existing buildings and their associated outdoor spaces and the design of two new buildings. Ultimately only the new atelier building and the renovations were realized. The architectural concept of the atelier building is that of a series of stacked horizontal, double height boxes. The boxes are alternatingly rotated to align and compliment the urban context. As the boxes shift, natural light falls into the boxes from above, providing daylight for the studio workspace inside. From the street, the exposed concrete boxes span monumentally between the two adjacent existing buildings.

      In its initial form, the project for the Hogeschool St Lucas in Gent consisted of an overall masterplan for the campus, the renovation of several existing buildings and their associated outdoor spaces and the design …

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    • © XDGA, photo Frans Parthesius
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    • 2002-2013041 Sint-Lucas

      competition, built

      CityGhent

      Programmaster plan campus, art studios, library, cafeteria, renovation existing buildings

      Year2002-2013

      Procedurecompetition

      Statusbuilt

      ClientSint-Lucas Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst

      Total floor area7.000 m² (studio building: 1.550 m²)

      Budget7.200.000 € (studio building: 1.900.000 €)

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      Mechanical engineerStudiebureau Boydens

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • Extension of Monaco

    Extension of Monaco
  • College of Europe

    College of Europe
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    • College of Europe

      The key issue here is how to insert new architecture in a loaded historical surrounding. Bruges is one of these cities that tries to keep its center intact, with the risk of banning too much of today’s city life. The city maintains a set of rules on scale, materials, roof inclinations… that are supposed to keep existing urban qualities intact. Among others, concrete façades and big glass surfaces are forbidden.

      Two buildings are to be added to an old school campus, which will house a postgraduate law and economics school. The campus consists of a conglomerate of historical buildings organized around a sequence of enclosed courts. The campus is accessed from three different streets. The two new volumes replace less valuable old buildings. They are set freestanding from the old buildings while redefining the courts; their ground floor surface is partially open and continuous with the courts. N1 consists of classrooms and a central reception desk, N2 accommodates two lecture rooms, some offices and a foyer on ground floor. One side of the building covers an outside entrance space to the campus that is accessed from an existing gate on the main street.

      A regular grid of prefabricated concrete elements forms both the supporting structure and a filter for light. The whitish, concrete outer surface is polished, which makes the material more ‘noble’ and acceptable for the city; inclined surfaces reflect the sunlight indirectly into the rooms. Behind the concrete structure is a full glass façade composed out of translucent glass elements and transparent windows. The grid gives both a depth and a texture to the façade. On the court level the concrete elements continue as a screen or as a fence.

      MIES VAN DE ROHE AWARD 2009, nomination

      The key issue here is how to insert new architecture in a loaded historical surrounding. Bruges is one of these cities that tries to keep its center intact, with the risk of banning too much …

    • © XDGA, photo Jan Kempenaers
    • © XDGA, photo Andre Nullens
    • © XDGA, photo Andre Nullens
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    • © XDGA, photo Andre Nullens
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    • © XDGA, photo Jan Kempenaers
    • © XDGA, photo Jan Kempenaers
    • © XDGA, photo Jan Kempenaers
    • © XDGA, photo Jan Kempenaers
    • 2001-2008035 College of Europe

      commission, built

      CityBruges

      Programteaching and administration building

      Year2001-2008

      Procedurecommission

      Statusbuilt

      ClientCollege of Europe

      Total floor area11.700 m²

      Budget17.350.000 €

      ArchitectsXDGA, with Architectenbureau Vanassche-Van Langenhove (restoration existing buildings)

      Structural engineerVK Engineering

      Mechanical engineerIngenium

      PhotographsJan Kempenaers, André Nullens

  • After-Sprawl

    After-Sprawl
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    • After-Sprawl

      With the publication of ‘God’s own junkyard’, the planned deterioration of America’s landscape by Peter Blake in 1964, ‘sprawl’, or the occupation of the landscape, the empty space, became a topic in urban planning. Prior to this, sprawl was nothing more than a latent phenomenon that remained locked in the subconscious of the discipline. However, sprawl is still talked about in extremely general terms, and usually from a negative, global and generalizing point of view. From that perspective sprawl stands for chaos, a lack of structure or demonstrable catalysts. But chaos can also be understood as nothing more than a complex form of order, subject to processes and laws that are still unfamiliar. The research project After-Sprawl, Research on the contemporary city, consists out of an atlas part and a project part.

      In the atlas part, sprawl is mapped in different areas in Europe. Corine landcover maps for the different sprawl regions in Europe are dissected in different layers: built, infrastructure and unbuilt. Out of this mapping, the concept of negative space is developed.

      The idea is to develop spatial strategies for the unbuilt space instead of the built and infrastructure. The unbuilt space, this is nature, left-overs, agriculture etc. is used to create spatial conditions that introduce new uses, development strategies as well as strong images for certain sprawl areas.

      In the project part, possible strategies illustrate how this negative space can become a useful instrument in introducing spatial qualities in the sprawl condition.

      With the publication of ‘God’s own junkyard’, the planned deterioration of America’s landscape by Peter Blake in 1964, ‘sprawl’, or the occupation of the landscape, the empty space, became a topic in urban planning. Prior …

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    • 2001-2002022 After-Sprawl

      research study, completed

      Year2001-2002

      Procedureresearch study

      Statuscompleted

      ClientdeSingel Internationale Kunstcampus

      ArchitectsXaveer De Geyter, Lieven De Boeck − Pier Vittorio Aureli, Maarten Gheysen, Yuichiro Suzuki

  • Faculty of Economics

    Faculty of Economics
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • Faculty of Economics

      The campus path that crosses the building, the topography, the nearby existing economics building, and the new program together generate the form of the building. The path leads down from the street towards the roof of the existing building. On one side are organized all the vertical circulation shafts of the new building, on the other side a double height foyer is accessed from the path. The auditorium is situated above it and accessed through a main stair. Behind is a meeting room of the faculty. On the top level a library is organized around a patio, combined with offices. The front and back facade are in glass and cantilever outwards; two lateral facades are in concrete, one of them being a screen made out of 20m high concrete fins.

      MIES VAN DE ROHE AWARD 2007, nomination

      The campus path that crosses the building, the topography, the nearby existing economics building, and the new program together generate the form of the building. The path leads down from the street towards the roof …

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    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • © XDGA-SBA, photo Hans Werlemann
    • 2001-2006018 Faculty of Economics

      commission, built

      CityGhent

      Programhall, auditorium, library, offices

      Year2001-2006

      Procedurecommission

      Statusbuilt

      ClientGhent University

      Total floor area7.241 m²

      Budget7.822.821 €

      ArchitectsXaveer De Geyter Architects, Stéphane Beel Architects

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerSWK Arcadis

      Mechanical engineerIngenium

      PhotographsHans Werlemann

  • University Forum

    University Forum
  • MAS Museum

    MAS Museum
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    • MAS Museum

      The project for the Museum of Maritime History (MAS) in Antwerp aims to unite a series of strongly contrasting collections. The proposal of XDGA seeks to provide maximum levels of both content and experience. In essence, the building is akin to a warehouse in which all content is rigorously organized and ordered. Free from preconceived ‘curation’, the resulting matrix can be accessed in a variety of manners; traditional queries, a curated exhibition, the internet, curious browsing or even guest curation. Immersion in the archive and intuitive visitor wandering produce entirely unique readings of the content whilst high speed visits or those based on specific areas of interest again find this trove of material used and accessed autonomously. In this way, the museum resists provision of a didactic, synthetic and historically linear narrative, but any number of readings, interpretations and personal perceptions.

      The project for the Museum of Maritime History (MAS) in Antwerp aims to unite a series of strongly contrasting collections. The proposal of XDGA seeks to provide maximum levels of both content and experience. In …

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    • 2000017 MAS Museum

      competition,

      CityAntwerp

      Programhistorical museum

      Year2000

      Procedurecompetition

      Total floor area16.000 m²

      Structural engineerOve Arup & Partners, Athenco

      Mechanical engineerOve Arup & Partners

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius

  • CARREFOUR DE L’EUROPE

    Carrefour de l’Europe 2
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      More than four centuries of urban transformation between the St Michael’s Cathedral and Mont des Arts have failed to keep up with the changing significance of this location. For a long time this area functioned as a link between the upper and lower city: the first one corresponding with the medieval commercial Brussels and the second with the modern power – centres of Brussels, with its typical axis’ and vistas. The whole area has a history of quick successions of alterations, one change very often being the negation of the previous one. During the 20th century several interventions connected the area with the hinterland. Those successive additions of new infrastructures (the North–South railway junction, the Central Station, the urban clearway, a multilevel car park and the metro system) changed the identity of the district on regular intervals and transformed it into one of the biggest transit zones in Belgium. Individual buildings were added to the new infrastructure, leaving an ocean of undefined open spaces between them.

      A series of new spaces were created underground – partly new programs, partly leftovers from the new infrastructure. That open space was appropriated in turn in the 1980s for the construction of hotels – freestanding, once again. The residual urban space was rendered even seedier than it had been before. The competition that prompted our project called for that space to be redeveloped. Our proposal took the existing, solitary buildings and the non-constructed area and merged them with new infrastructure and construction to form a ‘superblock’ with the Central Station as its heart. The Boulevard de l’Impératrice is branched off into surrounding streets and car parks and public space within the block are focused into a chain of existing and new spaces.

      More than four centuries of urban transformation between the St Michael’s Cathedral and Mont des Arts have failed to keep up with the changing significance of this location. For a long time this area functioned as a link between the upper and lower city: the first one corresponding with the medieval commercial Brussels and the second with the modern power – centres of Brussels, with its typical axis’ and vistas. The whole area has a history of quick successions of alterations, one change very often being the negation of the previous one. During the 20th century several interventions connected the area with the hinterland. Those successive additions of new infrastructures (the North–South railway junction, the Central Station, the urban clearway, a multilevel car park and the metro system) changed the identity of the district on regular intervals and transformed it into one of the biggest transit zones in Belgium. Individual buildings were added to the new infrastructure, leaving an ocean of undefined open spaces between them.

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    • 1997 / 1998011 CARREFOUR DE L’EUROPE

      competition − 1st prize ex-aequo,

      CityBrussels

      Programurban development plan for a new public area around Central Station

      Year1997 / 1998

      Procedurecompetition − 1st prize ex-aequo

      ClientCity of Brussels

      Total floor area140.619 m² (existing) + 225.023 m² (new)

      PhotographsHans Werlemann

  • Chassé Park Apartments

    Chassé Park Apartments
    • © XDGA, photo Petra Stavast
    • Chassé Park Apartments

      A former military base in the centre of Breda has been reclaimed by the city. It is a green area with a series of large buildings with varying functions on the city side. The development plan by OMA comprises a public park in which a series of varied residential buildings are set individually, placing the surrounding buildings in a new context. A series of through views and entrances into the park have also been created.

      One group consists of a series of five residential towers on top of a parking ring, which surrounds a sunken inner garden – also public. The entrances to each of the towers open onto the garden. The parking ring rises 1.5 meters above ground level and is partly transparent, while hillocks are included in the inner garden, which rise in turn above the parking roof.

      The towers are located close together, each with its own orientation. Their position relative to one another is determined by factors such as the view outwards and inwards, exposure to sunlight, transparency and the definition of the inner zone. Three of the five towers have two apartments per storey, the fourth one and the fifth four. The varying relative position of the towers creates small differences in ground plans and elevations. All the apartments have a large veranda, which can be used as an external space, a separate room or as part of the living room. The materials are limited to glass, prefabricated concrete panels inlaid with slate and glazed white bricks for the façades. The garage roof is made of translucent polyester, while a concrete framework acts as the support structure behind the glass curtain walls.

      MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD 2003, nomination

      A former military base in the centre of Breda has been reclaimed by the city. It is a green area with a series of large buildings with varying functions on the city side. The development …

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    • © XDGA, photo Gilbert Fastenaekens
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    • 1996-2001007 Chassé Park Apartments

      commission, built

      CityBreda

      Programfive towers with 137 apartments and car park

      Year1996-2001

      Procedurecommission

      Statusbuilt

      ClientChassé CV, joint venture Proper Stok Woningen and Wilma Bouw

      Total floor area23.000 m²

      Budget18.562.180 €

      LandscapeWest8

      Structural engineerSnellen, Meulemans & Van Schaaik

      PhotographsHans Werlemann, Gilbert Fastenaekens, Petra Stavast