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1005 Fort VI
construction of a top sport school
Location :
Antwerp
Client :
AG Vespa, Antwerp
Cost :
7.650.000,00 EUR excl VAT
Surface :
5442 m2
Team :
AgwA
Subcontractors :
Boydens - Mouton - Landinzicht
Planning :
2010
Category :
Competition
The 8 Brialmont forts around Antwerp are the largest military fortification in Belgium. The geometrical footprint of these forts is very recognizable, but paradoxically, they almost disappear visually in the suburban context. Their hidden landscapes are to be discovered and explored.

The school is an abstract, mysterious "fremdkörper" in the fort. This box, cladded with transparent and reflective bronze glass is like a treasure box, in which all spaces are carefully arranged. The compact setting and the absolut transparency on the inside create surprising and dramatic relations between the school, the sports facilities and the public spaces. The simple concrete columns, beams and slab structures vary according to the needs and the rooms.

Fortuitously, the main circulation line of the building corresponds to the symmetry axis of the fort, conferring an almost cosmical interaction between the historical construction and the school.