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youth facility Everaertsstraat Antwerp
youthful backyard

How do we transform a narrow and fully built courtyard in a densely populated neighbourhood into a green and inspiring learning and living environment? How do we build a school on such a location that feels like a home to children and young people from totally different backgrounds? And how do we ensure that both indoor and outdoor spaces are generous, sturdy and light enough to stimulate appropriation and initiative?

Municipal Education Antwerp urgently needs additional school capacity in its inner city districts. The municipality therefore organised an invited competition for a combined school for young children and spaces for youth groups in Antwerp North making use of an existing property. Having won the competition we will transform a number of existing buildings, including a former factory building into a spacious multifunctional facility for the youth. On the adjacent eastern part of the site we replace several structures of lesser quality with a new playground, a new gym and purpose built classrooms for the youngest and oldest children of the new school community.

Everaert Collage Uit Pergola
location:Antwerp BE
status:competition design, 1st prize
installation and sustainability advisor:JanPiet vd Weele
illustrations:Rotraut Susanne Berner

Secondary school Laborslei, Deurne, Antwerpen
urban school village

In an inner courtyard behind the Lakborslei in Deurne, we are building a large new school. Because of the strange shape and the tight dimensions of the available lot, the many neighbours and urban planning regulations the ambitions of the client and reality do not seem to fit together at first sight. Nevertheless, the sheltered location offers surprising possibilities for a green and homely learning and living environment.  

Lakbors Entrance
location:Deurne, Antwerp
competition:1st prize
client:SO Antwerpen with AG Vespa
structural engineer:Util Brussel
engineer - technical installations:Ingenium Brugge
technical advisor - competition phase :Jan Piet vd Weele

Het Predikheren- Mechelen Public Library
library within baroque walls

The baroque Predikherenklooster, or Dominican Monastery, is a more than impressive building. In 2011, after several failed attempts to repurpose the ruins of the monastery, the city decided to restore the historic landmark building and turn it into a public library, which will open in the autumn of 2018.

Before the restoration work began, the monastery and adjacent church were a harsh, monolithic block; for many years the expressive texture of the derelict façades told passers-by an enigmatic story of its tormented history.  

The baroque monastery was built starting in 1650 and was deconsecrated at the end of the 18th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries it was mainly used for military purposes and has been abandoned since 1975. Together with the neighbouring buildings, the new Holocaust Museum, the Kaserne Dossin and the new Tinelpark, the Predikherenklooster is part of an ambitious development on the edge of the city center: the Tinelsite. 

We developed our design for the library in the Predikherenklooster with the utmost respect for the particular characteristics of the existing edifice. The programming, the spatial design, our concept for the restoration as well as the design of the technical installations, and all structural interventions are intended to preserve and reinforce these characteristics.

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location:Predikherenklooster, Goswin de Stassartstraat, Mechelen (BE)
realisation:since 2015 THV Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten | Bureau Bouwtechniek | Callebaut Architecten
competition:1st prize, Open Call Flanders 2213, competition in collaboration with Hildundk, Munich
restoration architects:Callebaut Architecten
technical advisor:Bureau Bouwtechniek
client:City of Mechelen
structural engineer:ABT Antwrepen
advisor - technical installations:RCR Herent
contractor:Renotec (roof and façades), Monument (interior)
photography:Luuk Kramer

Campus Cadix
Campus Cadix

The project for the new Cadix school campus on the 'Eilandje' to the north of the city centre of Antwerp is a complex urban and architectural design task. It involves the integration of two secondary schools and dwellings in a high-rise harbour environment. The very diverse components of the vast programme are divided into a large new building block and various existing, landmark buildings, which are merged, restored, rebuilt and expanded. 

Cadix Intro Bird's Eye
location:Cadixwijk, Antwerp
realisation:from 2017
competition:1st prize, Open Call Flanders 2104, in collaboration with Hildundk, Munich
client:Scholen Van Morgen / SO Antwerpen
structural engineer:ABT Antwerpen
advisor - technical installations:RCR Herent
advisor - restoration:Callebaut Architecten Gent
advisor - garden design:Atelier Arne Deruyter
photography:Luuk Kramer

Campus Cadix CAD/KOT
the CAD halls

The building application for the recruitment room for port workers dates from 1938; the building was commissioned on 5 February 1940. The architect was Emiel van Averbeke, the city architect who ten years earlier had built the neighbouring school ensemble. The complex consists of four interconnected hangars with saddle roofs. Here, port workers came together in large groups; the raised walkways provided overview and control.

Cad Courtyard 1 Render
location:Eilandje, Kempisch Dok Westkaai, Antwerp
year:2009 - 2021
client:SO Antwerpen/ AG Realestate - Scholen van Morgen
contractor:Strabag (hall 1+2), Monument (Cad hall 3, printing workshop)
advisor - technical installations:Adviesbureau vd Weele with AACO Architecten/ Peter van Orshoven (Cad hall 3, printing workshop), RCR
structural engineer :H4D, Jaap Dijks (Cad hall 3, printing workshop), ABT

Campus Cadix monumental building VVA
Campus Cadix VVA

The monumental school ensemble designed by former city architect Emiel Van Averbeke was built between 1921 and 1925. The large building complex is conceived as a representative palace-like structure with three courtyards and clearly designed hierarchies. In the original design, both style preferences and explicit views on education played a role. In an eclectic composition, we find different façade compositions, floorplan types, roof shapes and very different inner courtyards side by side. 

The pedagogical concept of the building as an institute consisting of different departments with distinct pedagogical aims and the stylistic development of architecture between 1900 and 1930 run parallel, creating a building complex that simultaneously refers to the architecture of The English House from the turn of the century as well as to the progressive architecture of Berlage and his followers. The eclectic architectural language positions the entire school at a significant cultural distance from the architectural character of its direct surroundings, the port area of the 'Eilandje' with its industrial hangars and working-class housing.

Cadix Va Street
location:Cadixwijk, Antwerp
construction:from 2017
competition:1st prize, Open Oproep n.1726, in collaboration with Hildundk, Munich
client:Scholen Van Morgen / SO Antwerpen
structural engineer:ABT
advisor - technical installations:RCR Herent
advisor - restoration:Callebaut Architecten, Ghent
advisor - design interior gardens:Atelier Arne Deruyter

Campus Cadix nieuw building NKD
"school factory" with workshops and classrooms

The new building block on the Kempisch Dok Westkaai replaces a derelict existing school building. The large new school is a compact volume with characteristic, repetitive, pitched roofs whose shapes refer to the repetitive roof structure of the CAD hangars facing the other side of the street. It consists of a total of six-storey front building approximately 16.4 m in depth and four slightly lower wings with three small courtyards in between.

Cadix NKD Façade
location:Cadixwijk, Antwerp
construction:from 2017
prize:1st prize, Open Oproep n.1726, competition phase in collaboration with Hildundk, Munich
client:Scholen Van Morgen / SO Antwerpen
builder:ABT Antwerpen
advisor technical installations:RCR Herent
advisor design interior gardens :Atelier Arne Deruyter
photos:Luuk Kramer