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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 Render Street View
location:Deurne, Antwerp
competition:1st prize
year:2016
client:SO Antwerpen with AG Vespa
structural engineer:Util Brussel
engineer - technical installations:Ingenium Brugge
technical advisor - competition phase :Jan Piet vd Weele

A.J. Schreuderschool
house and garden

To us a school is much more than just a well functioning institution. It's a living environment designed for a specific place and community, with inspiring yet timeless indoor- and outdoor spaces that offer both protection and an open view to the world.  

Aj Schreuderschool Main Fassade
location:Rotterdam Lombardijen
design:2008-2011/ 2013
realisation:2011-2013
client:Stichting PCBO, Protestants Christelijk Basisonderwijs Rotterdam
advisor programme:Esther Dekhuijzen, Plusontwerp, Rotterdam
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek, Utrecht
technical installations:Adviesbureau vd Weele, Groningen
contractor:vd Heijden, Schaijk
photography:Luuk Kramer, Moritz Bernoully

Van Eesteren Museum
light, air and space at the Sloterplas

The new pavilion for the Van Eesteren Museum is situated on a triangular plot on the north bank of the Sloterplas. On this particular site, architect and urban planner Cornelis Van Eesteren himself envisioned a small building, which he included in his urban plan. In the last 50 years the plot was covered with hawthorn bushes and its possibilities remained almost unnoticed. 

The northern bank still breathes the grandeur of the heroic period in which the Sloterplas was constructed. Located at the western edge of the promenade, the building site forms a pivot point between the vast eastern side of the north bank and the smaller scale of the western side with the marina and recent developments. 

Vem Beginfoto 17386 105
location:Sloterplas, Amsterdam West
design:2012-2016
realisation:2017
structural engineer:h4d
advisor - technical installations:Adviesbureau van der Weele
contractor :KBK Volendam
photography:Luuk Kramer

House No. 19
nomads in residence

In the context of the arts program "Beyond Utrecht", the municipality of Utrecht invited several "artists in residence" to live and work for a certain period in the new residential district of Leidsche Rijn. Their main task was to observe this place, at the time undergoing rapid change, and to develop interventions and responses to it. Their accommodation, a mobile studio, is also part of the art programme and would see multiple changes of residents and location during the planned activities.

Our main ambition was to design a movable building that would feel as large and robust as a house. It had to be versatile, practical and comfortable throughout the year.

Huis 19 Door
location:various sites in Utrecht/Leidsche Rijn
design:2003
realisation:2003
client:Stichting Beyond, BikvanderPol
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek, Jaap Dijks
contractor:Jasper Kerkhhofs and Christian Dörschug with Rien Korteknie, Christian Kahl, Liesbeth Bik and Jos van der Pol
collaboration - design development:BikvanderPol
photography:Christian Kahl

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.


Mechelen Collage Library Reception
location:Predikherenklooster, Goswin de Stassartstraat, Mechelen (BE)
design:2011-2012
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

House in Lyon
house in the garden

In the hilly garden, originally the setting for a tiny temporary chalet, a French family with young children wished to construct a more durable home. Inspired by the publication of our House No. 19 project in a French magazine, they commissioned us to design a timber house around a small pine tree ("the bonsai"); the clients asked for a sturdy yet unconventional place to live for themselves, their many books and their art and design collections.

Lyon 1 Head
location:Charbonnières-les-Bains (F)
design:2005
realisation:2006
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek Utrecht, Jaap Dijks
contractor:Christian Dörschug with local contractor for foundation and installations
photography:Moritz Bernoullly

Parasite Las Palmas
green exhibition house

In 2001, a bright green object sitting on top of the lift shaft of the former Las Palmas warehouse served a three-dimensional logo, visible far and wide, for its host building, the large, industrial spaces of which were temporarily used for various exhibitions during Rotterdam’s year as European Capital of Culture. One of the exhibitions, Parasites, presented designs of small-scale objects intended for unused urban sites, making ‘parasitic’ use of their existing infrastructure. The exhibition was curated and organized by Mechthild Stuhlmacher and Rien Korteknie, involving an international group of architects. Taking advantage of the enterprising atmosphere of the year of culture, one of these designs was built to full scale. The roof of the warehouse, amidst the varied, spectacular roofscapes of the Port of Rotterdam, proved an ideal location.

*Parasites: prototypes for advanced ready-made amphibious small-scale individual temporary ecological dwellings

Palmas Roof View
location:Wilheminakade, Rotterdam
design:2000-2001
realisation:2001
client:Stichting Parasite Foundation
contractor:Jasper Kerkhofs, Christian Dörschug (timber assembly)
photography:Anne Bousema, Errol Sawyer, Daniel Nicholas, Rien Korteknie, Christian Kahl

catering pavilion Kobus
cooking at the canal

Pavilion Kobus is a temporary pavilion in the Hague. Located at the Trekvliet, the restaurant and lunchroom form a meeting place for the neighbourhood. In addition, the pavilion is used as a learning and workplace for young people from various schools as part of their education.

Kobus Front Elev
location:Den Haag, Laak
design:2013
realisation:2014
client:Raam "praktijk voor sociale architectuur"
structural Engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek
contractor:MaakHaven
photography:Luuk Kramer

Don Bosco Elementary School
learning from nature

The new school site is a children's paradise before we even start. It's vast and green, there are fields, orchards, a broad valley, water, wilderness, groves, endless possibilities to play. 

The strong brick architecture of the Salesians gives the place character and spatial identity. The venerable buildings anchor the new development to the village, the history and the meaning of the place. We would therefore like to give these buildings an important role in the design for the new school.

On the site behind the existing buildings we embrace the landscape and design a building complex that is embedded in the orchards. With its slightly sloping green roofs, pergolas, semi-enclosed outdoor spaces and school gardens, the new roof landscape looks like an extension of nature.

Bosco Collage Entrance Old
location:Groot Bijgaarden, Dilbeek, Brussels, BE
competition:2nd prize, Open Oproep 3202 competition
year:2017
advisor - technical installations:JanPiet vd Weele
advisor - landscape and garden architecture:Arne Deruyter

House at the Dike, Uitdam
living with a view

Uitdam is a small, picturesque village on the banks of the IJsselmeer. The clients found a small house to be demolished, next to the church and the dike, big enough for a new dwelling for two. Shape, materials, dimensions and the slope of the roof were almost fixed from the beginning. Spatial regulations in the area are very strict, as the inhabitants of the region, the municipality, and the tourists wish to protect the fragile, historically evolved cultural landscape with its present consistency and small-scale beauty.

The new house fits almost unnoticed in the existing neighbourhood; the dark colour of the façade, the traditional roof tiles and the sparkling white of both the edges of the roof and the window frames underline its familiarity with the traditional architecture of the area.

Uitdam 1 Head
location:Uitdam
design:2010-2012
realisation:2012-2013
client:D+M family
structural engineer:Jaap Dijks, Pieters Bouwtechniek Utrecht
contractor :Christian Dörschug, Aichach (timber structure) and Jan Runderkamp Totaalbouw, Volendam
photography:Moritz Bernoully

Country house, Goeree
outdoor life

This country house on a beautiful site with unobstructed views over the dunes is intended for a large family with many guests. The design seeks connection to the small scale of the region, the traditional, small-scale rural architectural and the vast natural landscape. The pitch and direction of the roofs and the maximum building volume were predetermined by local municipal specifications.

To make room for the new building, an existing, small and slightly dilapidated farm from the 1950s was demolished. It consisted of a small house on the street and a large barn behind it, and despite its vast dimensions, it suited the small-scale character of the site.

The new building, in many respects, owes a great deal to its modest predecessor. The new house is also designed as an ensemble of house and barn, with two roofs, one hidden behind the other. The roadside façades are low and silent while the spacious space inside and the stunning views are revealed only upon entering the structure.

Goeree Fireplace
location:Goeree-Overflakkee
design:2010-2011
realisation:2012
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek
technical installations:Adviesbureau van der Weele
contractor:Christian Dörschug, Aichach and Bouwbedrijf J. van Huizen, Goedereede
photography:Luuk Kramer

Three Houses in Egelshoek
holiday in our own country

Very small houses built according to the strict building regulations of the bungalow park, located in a beautiful spot with grand views over the landscape. We enjoyed the small commissions and took them just as seriously as larger ones. Thanks to the efforts of the excellent contractor and the involvement by and the pleasant communication with the clients, the small series of three similar houses turned into a pleasant design and building process.

Egelshoek Open Window
location:Egelshoek
design:2010
realisation:2011
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek
contractor:Emaus Systeembouw
photography:Moritz Bernoully

Bosbaan Rowing Building
rowing in the forest

The Bosbaan in Amstelveen is the premier venue for people interested in rowing in  the Netherlands. In order to meet requirements for international competitions, the Bosbaan has recently been widened, resulting in the demolition of the landmark tribune building from the 1920s in which the student rowing association Okeanos was accommodated. 

The students consequently worked for many years on the preparation of a replacement building in almost the exact same location. In a joint venture with the Royal Dutch Rowing Association (KNRB), Okeanos was finally able to replace the tribune building with a new structure of appropriate size.

Rowing Building River
location:Bosbaan, Amstelveen
design:2004
realisation:2005
extension:2013-2014
client:KNRB and student rowing association Okeanos
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek
contractor:MJ de Nijs and WBC (extension)
advisor - technical installations:Frank Burger and Mobius Consult
photography:Stefan Müller, Luuk Kramer (extension)

House T in Heiloo
wooden family palace

On a generous plot on the edge of Heiloo, a village in the province of Noord-Holland, a derelict house has been replaced by a newly built family home.  Here, different generations and people of different ages and needs live together under one roof. 

Heiloo Back Garden Flags
location:Heiloo
design:2008-2009
realisation:2009-2010
client:P-T family
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek
contractor:Christian Dörschug
photography:Moritz Bernoully

Toermalijn Elementary School
high temporality

The ambition behind this project is based on the ideas we began to explore in the Parasite Project from the late 1990s onwards: temporary architecture and temporarily available sites deserve attention, high-quality architecture and healthy materials - particularly when we deal with educational buildings for children.

With the school Parasites project (Hoogvliet 2003, www.schoolparasites.nl) we looked into alternatives to conventional, temporary school extensions, which are unfortunately very common in the Netherlands. As a result three prototypes for high-quality, singular, temporary classroom units were designed by three different architects and given to primary schools in Hoogvliet to test.

Toermalijn Water Front
location:Hijkerveld, Zuidwijk, Rotterdam
design:2006
realisation:2007
client:Dienst Jeugd Onderwijs en Samenleving, Gemeente Rotterdam
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek, Utrecht
contractor:Van der Hoek en Van den Donker Bouwbedrijf BV
photography:Stefan Müller, Moritz Bernoully

Elementary school with childcare
a school as many houses

For outsiders, entries for German architectural competitions display an amazing uniformity. It is almost impossible to tell whether a building is in the city or in a rural area. The vast majority of buildings are shaped like compact boxes; the façades generally consist of a rhythm of repetitive, vertical windows; the architecture is strictly modernistic and the floor plans are efficient and orthogonal.

Ulm Model Wood
location:Ulm Unterweiler (D)
competition:Open competition with prequalification
year:2014
collaboration/local partner:Sanwald Architekten Steinheim am Albuch

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
design:2009-2017
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:Dillen BV (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
design:2009-2017
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
design:2009-2017
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

Temporary shopping center Strijp S
chess in Eindhoven

The area Strijp S, a wide plot between two colossal former industrial buildings, will in the future be developed as a mixed-use residential area with shops. The urban master plan proposes two large square-shaped building sites with small-scale, kasbah-like buildings with large parking garages underneath.

Strijp Model Chess
status:Project
year:2010
location:Strijp S, Eindhoven
client:Woningcorporatie Trudo

De Kamers
De Kamers

De Kamers is a private initiative. Regarding the pioneering years of Vathorst as a challenging social and cultural task, the initiators of the project, a vicar and an artist, sought to create a place for "sociability, inspiration and expression" in the area, with the generous support of many sponsors and the municipality.

The building and its activities are meant to evolve along with its developing surroundings over time, to offer space for various cultural activities and events, such as theatre, film and creative education. The heart of the building is the "Huiskamer", a public "living room", meant to be a welcoming space for everyone.

Kamers 04 Web Mensenwerk
location:Wezeperberg, Vathorst, Amersfoort
year - design:2003- 2006​
year - realisation:2006- 2007
client:Stichting De Kamers
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek Utrecht, Jaap Dijks
engineer - technical installations:Boersema BV, Amersfoort
contractor:Schoonderbeek BV, Amersfoort
photography:Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, Stefan Müller, Sjaak Henselmans, Moritz Bernoully

Rieteiland Villa
living and working in IJburg

On the Kleine Rieteiland (‘little island of reeds’), one of the islands that form the Amsterdam suburb of IJburg, several terraces of relatively wide houses have been reserved for individuals to build their own patio-houses. For a family with young children and parents working from home, we designed a timber house offering generous, simple and flexible spaces, with a combination of large openings and areas of privacy. 

Rieteiland Living Room
location:Kleine Rieteiland, IJburg, Amsterdam
design:2007-2008
realisation:2008-2009
client:MvdS family
structural engineer:Pieters Bouwtechniek Utrecht, Jaap Dijks
contractor:Jasper Kerkhofs, Christian Dörschug
photography:Jeroen vd Spek