Together with VectorHaus, MAKER is carrying out the conversion of the medical archives of the ZNA Middelheim site, in Antwerp, into flexible offices that allow multiple scenarios regarding programme and requirement changes. A very interesting opportunity to develop a global circular strategy for the entire hospital institution through adaptable, reversible and low-tech system solutions. The former archives are part of a building development designed between 1945 and 1959 by the Belgian modernist architect Renaat Braem, in collaboration with Alfons Francken and Karel Van Riel. The Medical Surgery Institute Middelheim is one of the first major post-war public infrastructure projects of the City of Antwerp.
Willy Van Der Meeren, circular renovation of modernist student housing in Brussels
For the past year the team of MAKER, Origin, VK Engineering, Beneens, JuuNoo and VITO has been involved in the research and implementation of circular renovation strategies on post-war architecture in Brussels. The subject of our work is the VUB University Campus student housing designed in 1973 by the modernist architect Willy Van Der Meeren. Through this project, one of the first of its kind, he experimented with prefabricated modular systems imported from Switzerland (the Variel System) to create a student village in which it´s inhabitants could find domesticity and smaller scale spaces in an experimental urban gesture. The project is supervised by VUB Architectural Engineering an VUB Infrastructure Directorate
First Prize Competition Marollen
MAKER, together with Gutiérrez-de la Fuente arquitectos, have won the Marolles Competition in Brussels. Together we will develop the urban regeneration of a traditional urban block in the heart of Brussels, bringing together social housing, working spaces, education and sports. The bouwmeester maitre architecte will accompany the procedure of the project. To learn more about the proposal click on the image.
First Prize Competition Masterplan Diepenbeek
MAKER has been selected together with Omgeving to develop the entrance area of the University Campus in Diepenbeek, Belgium. Our proposal is conceived as a multi-layered infrastructure, based on the lifespan layers of circular building, though on the scale of a master plan.
Building Materials Village on the front cover of Flanders Architectural Yearbook Nº14!
Bouwmaterialendorp, in the Port of Brussels, has been featured in the front cover of the fourteenth edition of the Flanders Architectural Yearbook, edited by the Vlaams Architectuur Instituut.
Masterplan for logistics center and design of the City Depot at the Lübecksite
We have the opportunity to work on a circular future for logistics in the Ghent urban tissue. Together with Omgeving, Orientes, Mouton, HP Engineers and Dirk De Groof, MAKER will develop a new vision for the Lübeck site in Ghent: The Lübeck site will play an important role in the transformation of the eastern part of the Afrikalaan into an urban logistical district.
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Amakersstraat featured in "Buitengewoon & Betaalbaar Bouwen 4"
MAKER has been featured in the 4th edition of "Buitengewoon & Betaalbaar Bouwen", edited by Uitgevering Lanoo and At Home Publishers. This collection of fifty case studies show fine examples of contemporary residential architecture and designs throughout Belgium. Amakersstraat is a residential timber frame construction insulated with cellulose flakes. The façade is made in Shou Sugi Ban, or blackened wood. This fire technique is an age-old tradition in Japan. The top layer of the wooden façade is charred, making it waterproof and immune to fungi and insects.
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Productive city.
Brussels Bouwmeester Kristiaan Borret selected five recent projects in the Canal area in Brussel for the exhibition Brussels at Work: Building the ProductiveCity presented yesterday at the Seoul Biennal.Construction Materials Village is selected together with Brewery for Brussels Beer Project, Urban Incubator Greenbizz, Mixed Development Novacity, Food Market and Farm Foodmet. Kristiaan Borret also curated together with Gutierrez- Delafuente and Studio VlaySrteeruwitz a "Productive Villa" at the Donuimun Museum Village, Seoul, where the AUE, the cities of Madrid, Brussels and Vienna share the theme: “Productive and Circular City”.
MAKER is proud to participate in collaboration with Coussée and Goris in the development of the project The Dome. A rehabilitation project of the historical building in front of the Brussels Bourse where Vervoordt re and VVD Project Development invest in a mixed program building. What once was a grand magasin will soon house a balanced mix of retail, restaurants, cafes, a training centre, co-working and co-living.