News

21
Sep
2021

Dag van de Architectuur

Ingel Vaikla’s short film ‘Wiegbed – Cradle’ will be shown at Huis Perrekes as part of Dag van de Architectuur on Sunday 17 October 2021.
This intimate short film focuses on the rhythmic qualities of the cradle bed’s rocking motion and the comfort it offers the residents of Huis Perrekes. 

We were privileged to realise the design for the cradle bed in collaboration with, and for, Huis Perrekes.

Join us at Huis Perrekes on the 17th October: you can register here.

31
Aug
2021

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
Aug
2021

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
Jul
2021

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
Jun
2021

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
May
2021

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
Mar
2021

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
Mar
2021

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
Mar
2021

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
Mar
2021

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
Feb
2021

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
Feb
2021

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
Feb
2021

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
Feb
2021

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
Jan
2021

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
Jan
2021

Reception structure in Meise

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

31
Dec
2020

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
Dec
2020

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
Dec
2020

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
Dec
2020

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
Dec
2020

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
Dec
2020

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
Nov
2020

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.