Paleizenstraat 153 - 1030 Brussels
T 022444430 F 022444431 E

1005_FORT VI
construction of a top sport school

Location :
Client :
AG Vespa, Antwerp
Cost :
7.650.000,00 EUR excl VAT
Surface :
5442 m2
Team :
Subcontractors :
Boydens - Mouton - Landinzicht
Planning :
Category :
The 8 Brialmont forts around Antwerp are the largest military fortifications in Belgium. Their geometrical footprint is very recognizable, but paradoxically, they visually tend to disappear 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 complete 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 matches the symmetry axis of the fort, conferring an almost cosmical interaction between the historical construction and the school.