Cities: Antwerp

The Architecture Foundation in partnership with Brickworks Vande Moortel launches an new online series focussing on the city of Antwerp

In the first of a series of online seasons addressing the development of particular cities, the Architecture Foundation and Brickworks Vande Moortel present a series of films focussed on the Belgian city of Antwerp. The season, which has been developed with support from the Flemish Architecture Institute and Flanders House, will comprise films about recent buildings in Antwerp as well as issues of city-wide concern.

Cadix Housing, Stephen Taylor Architects (2018) - uses N10 Brick E  

 

The city's recent development has been marked by a particularly sophisticated approach to city-planning and a strong commitment to the delivery of buildings of architectural excellence. The redevelopment of the Docks and the Nieuw Zuid development represent two particularly impressive city expansions. 

Cadix housing, META architectuurbureau + POLO (2016) - uses N7 Brick R
 
Cadix Housing, Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven (2012-) - uses N10 Brick M

 

City Map

Each of the featured buildings will be added to an interactive map of the city, with each tag linked to the architect's presentation. The films will be released over the course of the next three months, and all will remain freely available on the Architecture Foundation's YouTube channel

  

About Vande Moortel

Brickworks Vande Moortel was established in 1864 in the Scheldt Valley in Oudenaarde. Today it is more active than ever at the same location. Guided by the Vande Moortel family, the company has grown to become an important manufacturer at the top line of facing bricks and is the Belgian market leader in clay pavers. Throughout its long history, Brickworks Vande Moortel has always integrated the latest technologies. It was one of the first manufacturers to launch ecological formats at 7 cm on a large scale, and was the first European manufacturer to produce Class A and A+ clay pavers. By acting proactively as a manufacturer, Vande Moortel still meets the needs of the current market.

In addition to quality, Vande Moortel has also heavily invested in capacity. The brick plant currently produces 95,000,000 bricks annually. In addition to Belgium, part of the production is also destined for its neighbouring countries, the Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe and other export markets such as Japan, America and the Arabian Peninsula. By maintaining this family spirit, Brickworks Vande Moortel is still an accessible company. This openness at every level ensures an extremely customer-oriented organization for private individuals and professionals. The bricks produced in Oudenaarde meet the highest quality standards. The bricks typically score above Belgian standards, which are among the strictest in the world. For instance, the clay pavers have an extremely low level of water absorption and the facing bricks have a very high compressive strength.