C.F. Møller Chosen to Design Antwerp Residential Tower

C.F. Møller’s residential and mix-use tower design in , .

With the aim of creating a “vertical social community,” C.F Møller Architects and Brut won a competition to design a residential tower in Antwerp, Belgium. The 15,000 square meter building, which stretches 24 stories high, includes 116 homes, shops, offices and collective spaces.

Apartments range from smaller suites for students to larger family units, and each group of similar apartments opens towards balcony spaces, creating “vertical mini-communities.” Through balconies, glass winter gardens and roof terraces, an additional 5,000 square meters of space are added. The architects describe the tower as incorporating an “inside-out perspective, where the social qualities of the building are a dominant driver for the design.”

More on the design from the architects after the break.

House for P / LOW Architecten

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Architects: LOW Architecten
Location: Antwerp,
Design Team: Stijn Cockx, Tom Hindryckx, Joris De Greef, Koen Schoukens
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert, Yannick Milpas

Restaurant ‘The Jane’ Antwerp / Piet Boon

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Architects: Piet Boon
Location: Paradeplein, , Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Richard Powers

Mixed Use Infill 3 Houses and an Office / Collectief Noord

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Architects: Collectief Noord
Location: , Belgium
Design Team: Erik Wieërs, Dirk Somers, Sarah Poot, Peter Wils, Christopher Paesbrugghe, Elke Hoendervangers
Year: 2011
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Liesbet Goetschalckx, Courtesy of

Studio Koen van den Broek / Tijl Vanmeirhaeghe + Carl Bourgeois

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Architects: Tijl Vanmeirhaeghe + Carl Bourgeois
Location: Deurnsebaan 9, Antwerp,
Area: 676 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

House BRZ / P8 architecten

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Architects: P8 architecten
Location: , Belgium
Area: 69 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Luc Roymans

Apartments Jordaenskaai Antwerp / Crepain Binst Architecture

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Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture
Location: Jordaenskaai, , Belgium
Area: 6,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Crepain Binst Architecture

Ter Pitte / Import Export Architecture

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Architects: Import Export Architecture
Location: Antwerpen, Belgium
Architect In Charge:
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Stijn Bollaert, Courtesy of Import Export Architecture

House in Wilrijk / Areal Architecten

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Architects: Areal Architecten
Location: ,
Area: 265 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Areal Architecten

Building O – University of Antwerp Auditorium and Research Building Winning Proposal / META architectuurbureau

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META architectuurbureau, in collaboration with SW, Technum, and landscape architects, West 8, were recently awarded the first prize in the competition for Building O, an auditorium and laboratory building for the University of . The new multi-disciplinary building, sited on the Drie Eiken campus in Wilrijk, will host 8 auditoriums, with the capacity to hold about 200-300 people, and 2 laboratories. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Port House: Antwerp Headquarters / Zaha Hadid Architects

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In early September, Zaha Hadid gave the official order to begin construction work on Port House, the new headquarters for Port Authority on the Kattendijk dock. The new Port Authority headquarters will house approximately 500 staff in a single new location that comprises both a former fi re station and a new extension. Together, these two entities form an impressive new landmark as the headquarters of the Port Authority, overlooking both the city and the harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Grand Bazar Antwerp / Buro II & Archi+I

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Architects: Buro II & Archi+I
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Photographs: Filip Dujardin


“Three in a Row” MAS Founder Pavilions / Crepain Binst Architecture


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The MAS (Museum by the river), a must seen building itself, is currently exhibiting the Founder Pavilions, which give curious spectators a look at the here and now and into the future. In close cooperation with the Founders, Crepain Binst Architecture carefully designed a sophisticated setting symbolizing the unique character and essence of each Founder. Still, every pavilion is an added value to the whole MAS-experience. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dijkstein / Weysen & De Baere Architects

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Weysen & De Baere Architects recently won a competition to design a multi-funcional hall with a daycare center and small library in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, at the outskirts of (). The building measures around 2.100m2, and spreads over 2 stories. The program occupies a significant part of the intervention site and in order to guarantee a building as compact as possible, the multifunctional hall is centered on the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Antwerp Province Hall Proposal / SO – IL

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Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), the New York-based firm of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, won the second prize in an invited competition for the new Province Hall of , Belgium. SO – IL was one of five finalists for this important governmental project organized by the Flemish Government Architect. Their proposal reshapes the modernist typology of ‘tower on plinth’ into a supple building volume that combines autonomy with connectivity. More images and project description after the break.

Flanders Business School Renovation / BURO II & ARCHI+I

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Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I  in collaboration with Jan de Vloed
Location: Korte Nieuwstraat 33, Antwerp, Belgium
Client: Flanders Business School
Project Director: Patrik Steels
Designer Architect: Lore De Baere
Project Architect: Dennis Delvael
Interior Architect: Anne-Mie Vermaut
Completion: 2011
Area: 1,608.07 sqm
Budget: € 2.695.921,28 [excl. BTW]
Photographs: Thomas De Bruyne

Designing the Absent Competition

Designing absence aims to create an international brainstorm generated by an absence, and invites entrants to design a new tower for the Cathedral of . ‘By playing with the idea of the absence, we generate a focus.’ Keeping this in mind, every participant comes up with an idea for the unfinished tower. The competition can be seen as an international brainstorm, which means everybody can join. The result doesn’t need to be functional, it can be an inflatable tower or a high tech amusement park attraction. Your entry can be a 3d render, a paper model, a collage, a black marker drawing or anything else you think fits your concept the best.

On the website you can find a picture of the Cathedral with the missing tower. Your tower must be placed on this picture, the way how is completely free. Together with the picture of the Cathedral completed with your ‘new tower’, you should write a short explanation about your concept and submit it on the ‘Submit Entry’ page.

Seen at Architecture Week.

Sports Centre Zuidrand / UR Architects

were awarded first prize for their design of a sports center in .  The center, which is intended for non-competition sports, is aligned with the existing sports hall along the main street of the new master plan development.  The building attempts “to communicate” on all sides as the sports hall, dance hall and rental depot are positioned on the edge, interconnected by a T-shaped service area.  This extroverted model opens the building to the community and the architecture reflects the modernism of the surrounding buildings.  The roof is designed as a fifth facade to relate to the nearby housing blocks of Renaat Braem while the facades of the halls are made of multi-layered polycarbonate. Partly translucent, partly transparent, this material combines the dynamic spectacle of changing light and shade, with diffuse daylight admission and a high insulation value, resulting in a low energy building.

More images of the sports center after the break.