UNIVERSITY Antwerp

UNIVERSITY Antwerp

  • Description:
    A new university building in the centre of Antwerp
  • Client:
    UA Campus Drie Eiken
  • Location:
    Kipdorp 50 - 56, B-2000 Antwerp
  • Project Manager:
    Philippe Vincke
  • Collaborators:
    Ulrich Matthys, Bruno Dierickx, Marjan Michels
  • Stability:
    De Smedt – Verlinden – Van Staeyen nv
  • Engineering:
    Grontmij Vlaanderen nv
  • General Contractor:
    Bouwbedrijf Floré nv

Cathedrals are powerful and stately city icons which can surpass as no other architecture of today, as monuments for perpetuity. As a statue in the street the Sint-Jacobs church is flaunting to its neighbourhood as a central milestone in the old city centre. In the shade of its tower and in the shaft of the portal, a central access zone on the other side orients itself to the new factorial building for the university of Antwerp. This winning competition design is characterized by the student-friendly and open character under the form of a large central hall with a broad sloping staircase like a gallery with benches and access to the auditoriums. Low construction spaces to the rear reconcile themselves with the scale of the neighbourhood and embrace a convent garden as an urban square on the roof of the hall. Light cylinders break through the roof space, they illuminate the hall during daytime and  the central convent garden at night.