News

26.04.2022

Exhibition

Exhibition ‘Urban Renewal is People’s Work’

Our Centers project in Borgerhout will appear in a short film as part of the travelling exhibition ‘Urban Renewal is People’s Work’ from this Thursday 28 April in the Lamot Congrescentrum in Mechelen.

Read more about the exhibition on the Architecture Workroom Brussels website.

Date: April 28, 17.00 to 20.00
Location: Lamot Congrescentrum, Mechelen

29.03.2022

Exhibition

Exhibition ‘Nice out Here: architecture in rural areas’

The new exhibition ‘Nice out Here: architecture in rural areas’ for DAM Architekturmuseum, showcases our project for dementia care organisation in Huis Perrekes in the village of Oosterlo, BE. The project is featured amongst 70 outstanding examples of rural architecture across Europe.

The exhibition at the open air museum Hessenpark, DE can be visited until 27 November 2022.

15.03.2022

Announcement

New care project in Kessel

We are delighted to announce our winning proposal for a new care neighbourhood and the construction of a community care home, a residential care centre and a group care home in Kessel.

Conceived as a well-considered linking of four building sections, the volumes form an ensemble around a forecourt; a village balcony to the landscape.

In collaboration with Plusoffice architects, Raamwerk, Plant en Houtgoed, ELD and ingenium.

28.01.2022

Awards

ArchDaily 2022 Building of the Year Awards

Two of our recent projects, the Reception Buildings Botanical Garden Meise and the house on Bagattenstraat are nominees for the ArchDaily 2022 Building of the Year Awards.

The ethos behind the ArchDaily Building of the Year Award is simple: their readers vote to decide the best architecture of the year in 15 categories.

You can vote for the Reception buildings in Meise here and for the house on Bagattenstraat here.

18.11.2021

Process

Community consultation for Vlinderhof

As part of the design process of our Vlinderhof project in Biezenmortel, the Netherlands, we recently set up a room on site to present the project to the community of the care organisation.

The new care project will house 52 people with somatic and behavioural disorder symptoms. The project’s aim is to contribute qualitatively to the social, spatial and mental wellbeing of the residents, with particular attention given to high quality outdoor spaces, communal areas and a sense of homeliness.

In collaboration with: Bureau Eau, Goudstikker De Vries and Klictet

19.10.2021

Lecture

AUDITORIUM 2021/22

As part of this year’s AUDITORIUM lecture series, Halewijn Lievens will be giving a lecture in response to the theme Slow Space. The talk, Cradle Bed, reflects our project for Huis Perrekes, a care home which provides residential support for people suffering from dementia in the most recognisable, domestic setting possible.

27 October 2021, 20h | College De Valk Aula 01.13 | Tiensestraat 41 | 3000 Leuven. Tickets and further details are available here.

05.10.2021

Event

Dag van de Architectuur

We are delighted to share the programme at Huis Perrekes for Dag van de Architectuur on Sunday 17 October 2021. Here are some highlights to look out for:
Guided tours by Halewijn Lievens (NU architectuuratelier) and Ester Goris (Studio Ester Goris).
Debate on living and care today and in the future with Hans Claus, Dr. Ri De Ridder, François Mylle, Erik Wieërs and Luk Zelderloo.
Scenography curated by ISLANDS (Emma Filippides and Ben Rea), featuring reflections by ISLANDS, a short film by Ingel Vaikla and artworks by residents of Huis Perrekes.

Register to attend and see the programme here.

31.08.2021

Research

How and where do we want to grow old?

An entrepreneur with a villa in a charming Flemish village dreams of turning his house into a place where like-minded people can grow old together in dignity. Together with him, NU investigated possible alternatives to the retirement home in this small self-published publication.

The research question goes far beyond architecture and building alone; new forms of living together are being considered. This kind of project is as innovative as it is fragile. NU is very interested in entering into a dialogue with people from different disciplines who are working on similar projects. Let us know if you are interested in participating in this dialogue.

20.08.2021

Process

Masterplan for an inner area of a building block in Hoboken, Antwerp

The general concept of our design focuses on a high-quality meeting space as the structuring fabric. The result aims to create mutual added value for the inhabitants and the newly opened up inner area by being a varied outdoor space where the programme of the local service centre, the housing and the local residents reinforce each other. By offering the surrounding gardens access to the space, a support base for the design is created in the neighbourhood. This gives the central square a strong public character.

Building is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.

01.07.2021

Announcement

Opening of the reception buildings of the Botanical Garden Meise

On the 30th June, the official opening of the reception buildings of the Botanical Garden Meise was celebrated with a pleasant walk through the garden and along the different projects.

We really enjoyed collaborating with Archipelago, studiebureau Mouton, studiebureau Boydens, Atelier Arne Deruyter, Madoc, Van Poppel, Formed, Hertsens and the whole team of the Botanical Garden.

08.06.2021

Announcement

New sports hall for College Hagelstein

We are happy to announce that NU is working on a new sports hall for the College Hagelstein, located in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. The hall is a prominent new volume placed close to the school buildings in the back of the campus, giving new life to this overlooked part of the site.

In the new building, which features a prominent canopy, inside and outside are connected through the large window openings. The gym is located on the first floor, creating added value by making room for a dance hall and a bike stand on the ground floor. Should there be a need for it in the future, the ground floor can also house additional classrooms.

10.05.2021

Announcement

Exhibition about the new Joseph Bracops hospital in Anderlecht

To actively involve the board, the staff and all users at the Bracops hospital in Anderlecht in the changes, we set up an exhibition about the new main entrance, the new outpatient clinic and hot floor. The exhibition is situated in an unused part of a soon to be demolished hospital wing. Here we display 3D models of the future NEW BRACOPS, as well as a collection of materials we plan to use. The Bracops hospital is a pilot project on a national level due to the extent to which circular principles are being applied.

Project in collaboration with Archipelago.

31.03.2021

Announcement

Roof terrace for 11.11.11

As part of the renovation of the offices of 11.11.11 in Brussels, NU designed a roof terrace.

A painted steel staircase leads to the existing courtyard, connecting the fragmented outside spaces.

18.03.2021

Announcement

New project in Zaffelare

NU is very happy to announce we won the competition OO4005 Emiliani.

Mission: construction and renovation of housing facilities for people with mental disabilities in Zaffelare.

NU is looking forward to the thorough renovation of the existing doctor’s house and the erection of a new building in the characteristic wooded garden. Together with Emiliani vzw, NU wants to make this place a new home for the 28 residents, their families and caregivers, and create a generous place that encourages encounters and activities between residents and the neighbourhood to the best of everyone’s ability.

10.03.2021

Research

Circular garden bench

This bench has moveable wooden beams to adjust the distance. You can increase the distance when used around a campfire, or decrease it for an intimate talk.

The bench was designed for Huis Perrekes, a place that has been providing care and guidance to people with dementia in Oosterlo since 1986.

Design: NU architectuuratelier

Picture: Jan Nys, direction: Io Hendrickx

05.03.2021

Research

Masterplan research for UZ Leuven campus Gasthuisberg

As part of the masterplan on the public spaces of the campus, NU searches for a unifying identity for the hospital through welcoming spaces, infrastructure, materiality, visual language and ergonomics. Together with awg architecten NU is designing the future public entrance to the hospital site. A sloping landscape guides the visitor to the forecourt of the campus in a natural way. This urban square forms a balcony looking out on the city of Leuven. NU works on an intermediate scale, somewhere between furniture and architecture, fitting within the broader masterplan developed by awg architecten. Work in progress…

17.02.2021

Announcement

Jessa Hospital in Hasselt

Competition proposal for the new Jessa Hospital in Hasselt. A powerful landscape is made available in a generous and highly accessible way to both the direct users of the hospital as well as the ancillary functions and the wider environment.

The structuring park connection along the length of the site forms the boundary between the urban and rural parts of the campus.

Spaces for patients and visitors are organised in maximum contact with the green outdoor area.

10.02.2021

Research

Furniture research for UZ Leuven Campus Gasthuisberg

As part of the masterplan on the public spaces of the campus, NU searches for a unifying identity for the hospital through welcoming spaces, infrastructure, materiality, visual language and ergonomy.

Shown here is our research for the development of a seating element. The bench becomes a solid cushion through its geometry. Wood is used for inside, concrete for outside.

Work in progress…

04.02.2021

Process

Furniture design in Lille

For a new bar-restaurant in Lille, NU designed a series of chairs and tables. The pieces are made of birch multiplex and stained in a slate green colour. The assembly of the pieces was done using only wood glue.

Made in collaboration with KUNNIG.

03.02.2021

Announcement

Masterplan for building cluster in Citadelpark, Ghent

Through the assignment for the masterplan for the building cluster in the Citadelpark, NU architectuuratelier, in collaboration with 51N4E, is developing its new role in the largest city park of Ghent. In this new vision the Floraliënhal will become a passable extension of the park. An urban foyer hosting the new S.M.A.K, the renovated ICC, Kuipke and Flor.

28.01.2021

Announcement

Reconversion of the ICC in Ghent

NU architectuuratelier, in collaboration with 51N4E, is working on the reconversion of the ICC, a brutalist international conference center in the Citadelpark in Ghent. Our team’s aim is to turn it into a new state of the art building. We want to create a new exploitation of a compact building with a strong relationship to the Floraliënhal and the surrounding park.

06.01.2021

Process

Reception structure in Meise

The construction of the reception structure in the botanical garden of Meise is coming along nicely…

31.12.2020

Announcement

Competition in Meise

NU architectuuratelier is thrilled to announce we won the competition for the renovation of ‘het Pachthof’ and the Castle of Bouchout in the Botanical Garden of Meise.

19.12.2020

Research

The cradle bed

The cradle bed, in development with Huis Perrekes, is in small production and ready to be tested in different settings and environments.

The bed as a micro architectural space is an existential inspiration for many of our projects.

18.12.2020

Announcement

A new garden for Botanical Garden Meise, accessible for cars and buses.

NU architectuuratelier / OMGEVING is proud to have been selected together with a team of experts for the design and implementation of a landscaped integrated parking. It will complete the reception infrastructure that NU designed and that is currently under construction. Its focus will be to restore nature and to tackle the noise pollution coming from the A12 highway.

16.12.2020

Announcement

Refurbishment in San Antonio, Ibiza

A new exciting challenge for NU architectuuratelier: the refurbishment of a traditional house at the seaside in San Antonio, Ibiza.

06.12.2020

Event

NU bike trip

From the 21st to the 23rd of September, NU architectuuratelier organized a bike trip with the office. During these three days, we visited seven NU projects across Flanders.

01.12.2020

Announcement

Stokkenmanroute

NU architectuuratelier is proud to present the Stokkenmanroute: a 4,2 km walk through the forest of Kattevennen where you can discover friendly and strange looking gigantic figures called the Stokkenmannen.
Listen to the stories of the Stokkenmannen with the app on your smartphone and play the family game.

18.11.2020

Announcement

NU will rethink the building cluster in the Citadelpark in Ghent

We are very excited to announce that NU architectuuratelier, in collaboration with 51N4E, won the ambitious open call to rethink the building cluster in the Citadelpark in Ghent and to redefine its urban role and spatial integration in the landscape. Our aim is to develop the Citadelpark as a garden for the neighborhood and as an attractive park for the citizens of Ghent. We want to transform the Floraliënhal into a synergizing space for all surrounding partners like S.M.A.K., ICC and Kuipke and create opportunities for local and temporal activities.