“The House of the Explorer” at deSingel International Arts Campus

In the exhibition “The House of the Explorer”, the Flanders Architecture Institute offers a unique view into the universe of the Antwerp architectural firm. As a visitor, you get under the skin of the architect-explorer who ends up in a wondrous world full of concrete buildings and paper ideas.

 

Campagnebeeld The House of the Explorer_Leysstraat 7-15, Antwerpen, Bovenbouw & Barbara Van Der Wee Architects (Foto Filip Dujardin)

 

Designing from a desire for the most suitable ‘Designing relevant buildings that say the right things about the city.’ This is what Bovenbouw Architectuur stands for. The young Antwerp architectural firm provided a wide range of projects these past few years that aim to serve society. ‘As an architectural firm, we try not to put our needs as designers in first place’, says Somers. ‘We do not work from a desire for innovation, but more from a desire for the specific and the most suitable.’ (more…)

“Parkings redesigned” at deSingel International Arts Campus

Raf Ilsbroekx explores the possibilities for repurposing these underground spaces, which are often sited in strategic locations in city centres. What uses are achievable or worthwhile? What modifications are necessary?

 

BWMSTR Label / Casco -1 stadsparkings herbestemd © Raf Ilsbroeckx

 

Flanders has many city car parks, most of which are underground and located in city centres. In the current discourse surrounding the liveable city, there is a tendency to cut back on these car parks, which draw car traffic right into the heart of cities. The arrival of self-driving cars, in combination with a shared mobility model, will result in a sharp reduction in demand for parking over the coming years. (more…)

“Léon Stynen, architect” at deSingel International Arts Campus

The exhibition ‘Léon Stynen, architect’ displays iconic designs from Stynen’s rich archive. This material is brought to life with photos, models, pieces from private collections and testimonials from colleagues, employees and clients.

 

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer  © VAi

BP-building, 19560, Léon Stynen i.s.m. Paul De Meyer © VAi

 

The best-known designs by Léon Stynen (1899-1990) include the Belgian Pavilion for the World’s Fair in New York – in collaboration with Henry van de Velde and Victor Bourgeois -, Antwerp’s BP building, the casinos at Ostend and Knokke, and deSingel. As director of the Academy of Antwerp’s architecture department (1948) and the National Superior Institute of Architecture and Decorative Arts La Cambre (1950), he also played a leading role in the development of architectural education. In 1963 he became the first national chairman of the Order of Architects.  (more…)