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Vliet Museum in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects


The IJzerenleen is a well-known, broad street in the town centre, enclosed by the town hall and the River Dijle. The IJzerenleen is commonly known as the ‘Champs Elysées’ of Mechelen. It accommodates several famous commercial enterprises such as Windels, Damart, chemist shop ‘t Verguld Schaap and the famous cheese shop Schockaert and the former town hall houses a small museum.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Vliet Museum
  • Location: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Process: The assignment was gained from a multiple assignment
  • Name initiator: Town of Mechelen
  • Size and nature of planning area: Brook of 150 meters long and 6 meters wide
  • Execution costs public space: € 500.000, – excluding VAT
  • Date of delivery: September 2011

La Branche in Heverlee, Belgium by DMOA Architecten

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Article source: DMOA Architecten 

The project is a peaceful combination of old and new. The new part is a sober black canvas looking at the garden from behind the old walls. In several places remnant parts of the old walls are kept as garden elements, an aspect that strengthens the atmosphere. When you walk through the house you feel continuously that you are in a nexus between old and new.

Image Courtesy © Thomas Janssens

  • Architects: DMOA Architecten
  • Project: La Branche
  • Location: Heverlee, Belgium
  • Photography: Thomas Janssens
  • Collaborators: Benjamin Denef, Charlotte Gryspeerdt, Matthias Mattelaer; Lien Gesquiere
  • Localization: Heverlee, Belgium
  • Site area: 2200 m2
  • Floor area: 655 m2 in 3 floors
  • Video: Luis Querol

Lange Schipstraat and Lekkernijstraatje in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

The river Dijle is of great importance for the history of Mechelen. Right through the center flows the River Dijle. The river with its Dijle Tablets provide a physical barrier in the fabric of the city, but is also a fast connection from the surrounding countryside, along the city park ‘The Botanique’ to the center. The Lange Schipstraat is the part of this route that was designed by OKRA, and part of this route over the Dijle Tablets.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Lange Schipstraat and Lekkernijstraatje
  • Location: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Client: City of Mechelen
  • Planning area: 0.5 hectares
  • Implementation public space: € 1.2 mio. (Ex. VAT), 2005 prices
  • Completion Date: Period 2010 – 2012
  • Completion public space: 2012

Parliament of the German Speaking Community in Eupen, Belgium by Atelier Kempe Thill Architects

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Article source: Atelier Kempe Thill Architects

After the end of World War I, with the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, the neutral area surrounding the municipality of Kelmis, Belgium, and the German administrative district of Eupen-Malmedy, Belgium, are annexed. As a result, some seventy thousand Germans become Belgian citizens. Since large-scale state reforms are enacted (1968–1971), Belgium officially consists not only of the Flemish and Walloon Regions along with Brussels but also of the German-speaking community with its recognized rights and autonomies.

Image Courtesy © Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz

  • Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill Architects
  • Project: Parliament of the German Speaking Community
  • Location: Eupen, Belgium
  • Photography: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz
  • Client: Parlament der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft
  • Contact person Client: Mr. Stephan Thomas
  • Project management: Drees & Sommer Luxembourg SARL, Mrs. Miriam Bah
  • Competition: October 2008
  • Commission: October 2008
  • Planning process: November 2008 – September 2011
  • Building process: October 2011 – October 2013
  • Opening: October 2013
  • Project Team: Oliver Thill, Pauline Marcombe, Blanca Sanchez Babe, Philipp Stalbohm, Rafael Saraiva, Saskia Hermanek

Sint Katelijnestraat in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

The assignment for the Sint Katelijnestraat is ambiguous. The idea is to develop the quality of the public space and further expansion of the qualitative network of the town of Mechelen.

Meanwhile, the heart of the town has gotten a large quality-impulse but a beautiful route to the centre is still lacking. Thereby, Mechelen will be an attractive town to visit. By that, the undiscovered heart of the centre will actually be exposed. Because of the structure of the town, the orientation in the medieval public space network is difficult. The redevelopment of the town radius Sint Katelijnestraat largely contributes to this and will thereby form an orientation line in the centre.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

  • Architects: OKRA Landscape Architects
  • Project: Sint Katelijnestraat
  • Location: Mechelen, Belgium
  • Name initiator: Town of Mechelen, College van Burgemeester en Schepenen
  • Size and nature of planning area: 8500 M2
  • Execution costs public space: 1,2 million Euro, excluding VAT
  • Delivery-date: 2009

De Melaan in Mechelen, Belgium by OKRA Landscape Architects

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Article source: OKRA Landscape Architects

Water in Historic City Centres’ has Mechelen as its proving ground

The first project for the ‘Water in Historic City Centres’ (WIHCC) project has been completed in Mechelen, Belgium. The Melaan, a tributary of the Dijle river, has been excavated and newly landscaped in the old city centre of Mechelen.

WIHCC is a European collaborative project between the cities of Breda (NL), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL), Gent (B), Mechelen (B) Chester (UK) and Limerick (IE). The project was set up within the framework of the European Interreg (Interregional Cooperation Programme) for North-West Europe (NWE). The project has roughly reached its halfway stage: the opening conference took place in November 2003, and the closing event is planned for November 2007 in Breda.

Image Courtesy © OKRA Landscape Architects

Project Team

  • Organisation and Supervision: City of Mechelen
  • Specifications and Supervision: ARA, Spatial Advice Workshop
  • Contractor: Interplant n.v.

Mieke & Sander’s house in Boutersem, Belgium by BC Architects

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Article source: BC Architects

A renovation extension of an existing farmhouse, with a new living and kitchen area.

Client Sander and Mieke want to build their home themselves with ecologic principles and a healthy and easy construction process. Sander, a forest manager, has thorough knowledge of wood. This made us choose wood as a principle building material for their home. A timber frame structure is isolated with recycled newsprint and finished with a planking of oak that Sander chose himself from within the forest.

Image Courtesy © BC Architects

  • Architects: BC Architects
  • Project: Mieke & Sander’s house
  • Location: Boutersem, Belgium
  • Client: Mieke Michels & Sander Jansens
  • Cooperation: Hanne Eckelmans
  • Budget: 150.000 € excl. VAT
  • Surface: 305 m2
  • Concept: 2011
  • Status: In construction


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Article source: Atelier Kempe Thill

Recently the building process has been started for the new smart grid research laboratory and education centre “energyville” for the Catholic University of Leuven at the campus in Genk-Waterschei. The building has a size of 15.000m2 and is set-up as a generous and super flexible structure based on C2C principles. The new building will be Flanders’ most sustainable building in terms of energy-use, is CO-2 neutral and will achieve a BREEAM Excellent label.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Kempe Thill

  • Architects:Atelier Kempe Thill
  • Location: GENK, BELGIUM
  • Client: KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Program: laboratory and parking garage
  • Co-architect: architecture office Osar Antwerp

Farmhouse in Lennik, Belgium by Studio Farris Architects

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Article source: Studio Farris Architects 

Studio Farris Architects was commissioned to convert both house and stables of an 18th century farm located in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area close to Brussels, into a single family house.

The family’s wish was to get as much natural light as possible to enter the house while maintaining its authentic charm.

Image Courtesy © Johan Jacobs

  • Architects: Studio Farris Architects
  • Project: Farmhouse
  • Location: Lennik, Belgium
  • Photography: Johan Jacobs, Tim Van de Velde

WALL HOUSE in Near Brussels, Belgium by AND’ROL architecture

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Article source: AND’ROL architecture

DESCRIPTION by the architects

The plot’s particularities are on the one hand its perturbing position close to a steep rock slope, and on the other hand its small depth and its unusual longitudinal orientation parallel to the street.

Starting point for the young Belgian architects were traces of a nearby former stronghold. The main design element consists of an enclosing wall with a recessed rising part, to which the modest and sober main house nestles and adapts. A second shallow volume that houses a large number of storage spaces is also located behind the wall.

Image Courtesy © Georg Schmidthals

  • Architects: AND’ROL architecture
  • Project: WALL HOUSE
  • Location: Near Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Georg Schmidthals
  • Type: Single Family
  • Client: Private
  • Habitable surface: 138m2
  • Completion: July 2013
  • Energy: low energy standard
  • Flooring: Sleek concrete screed
  • Stairs: beech wood
  • Lighting: Foscarini, Modular, Philips
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