AF Euro Cities: Antwerp

Join us for a weekend exploring new housing projects in Antwerp, including work by Caruso St John, de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, NoA, OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen, Sergison Bates, Stephen Taylor, Tony Fretton, META and Bovenbouw


08:30am, Friday, 13 March 2020


09:00pm, Sunday, 15 March 2020


Tour Guides: 

Eva Storgaard


3 days


£300// AF Members and Supporters can use their code for 20% discount

*If you are interested in the tour but would like us to organise accomodation, please contact

Meeting Point:

London St Pancras Station

Please arrive by 8:30am on 13th March 2020

This is a past event

The first in the AF’s new series of weekend tours, exploring innovative architecture in European cities connected to London by rail

Join us from 13-15 March for a study trip to Antwerp, to visit housing projects completed as part of the long-term spatial vision for the city. The tour, led by local architect and academic Eva Storgaard and including a meeting with the state architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester), will focus on pioneering residential projects in the docklands regeneration area of Cadix, with highlights from Flemish practices de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, OFFICE  Kersten Geers David van Severen, META and Bovenbouw as well as British architects Caruso St John, Sergison Bates, Stephen Taylor and Tony Fretton.

We will meet at 8:30am on 13 March at London St Pancras station to take the Eurostar to Brussels, departing at 8:55am. The trip will start with a meeting at the office of the regional architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester) on Friday afternoon covering approaches to design, masterplanning and procurement with a briefing on how to bid for work in the country.

This session in Brussels will be followed by a walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage-protected town houses designed by Victor Horta and the city's Grand Palace. The tour will then continue on Saturday with an exploration of high-quality recent housing developments in Antwerp. Sunday will be dedicated to self-guided exploration of key sites in the city -- such as the Flemish Architectural Insitute and Het Groen Kwartier redevelopment -- and new cultural projects in nearby Mechelen before returning to Brussels in the evening and arriving 9.33pm at London St Pancras. 

The £100 tickets cover the guided tours only. Travel and accommodation must be arranged separately by participants with special rates for rooms at Hotel 1875 in the city centre available by request. 



8.30am – Meet St Pancras departure lounge

8.55am – Eurostar departs for Brussels-Midi

12.05pm – Eurostar arrives at Brussels-Midi

1.30pm – Meeting with Team Vlaams Bouwmeester

2.30pm – 5.00pm tour of art-nouveau architecture by Victor Horta (Railway station, Art Center BOZAR and Museum Victor Horta) with Eva Storgaard

5pm – SNCB train to Antwerp Central

6pm – Check-in at Hotel 1875 (and other locations)

7pm – Dining suggetions and self-guided city exploration


10.00am – Rooftop view of Antwerp - introduction to the urban development of former habour site ‘t Eilandje

10.30am – Urban block Falconplein by Bovenbouw (B), ONO (B), Rapp + Rapp (NL) and Carouso St John (UK). Visit apartment building Carouso St John with architects Elien Coppitters and James Hand (Carouso St John).

12.00am – Tour at the urban development site Cadix. Projects by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (B), Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu bvba (B), Meta Architectuurbureau (B) and NoArchitecten (B), Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten (NL), BULK (B), Robbrecht & Daem (B), Taylor Stephen Architects (UK

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Visit Apartment Building Sergison Bates with Kirsten Gabriëls Webb and Jasper Caenepeel (Sergison Bates Architects)

15:00 Continuing tour at the urban development site Cadix

16:00 Red Star Line Museum by Beyer, Blinder & Belle (US) + Westkaai (Diener & Diener Architects (CH), David Chipperfield Architects (UK) and Tony Fretton Architects (UK)

7pm – Dining suggetions and self-guided city exploration


9.30am – Self-guided city exploration:

Flemish Architecture Institute, Antwerp (Exhibition RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN of works by Jan De Vylder Architects)
Het Groen Kwartier redevelopment, Antwerp (Hotel August by Vincent Van Duysen and The Jane by Piet Boon)
Cogels Osylei Art Nouveau neighbourhood, Antwerp
Kazern Dossin museum by bOb Van Reeth and Prediken Klooster library by Korteknie Stuhlmacher, Mechelen

7.50pm – Meet Brussels-Midi departure lounge

8.22pm – Eurostar departs for London St Pancras

9.33pm – Eurostar arrives London St Pancras


Harbour building, Sergison Bates (2019)

The site is part of the Cadix regeneration area in the former dockland district of Antwerp. A large-scale residential building of 80 apartments is part of a coherent, but varied and diverse city block of approximately 25,000m2 in total designed in collaboration with Bovenbouw and Bulk Architecten.

The five buildings that form the block explore different typologies to accommodate a wide variety of apartments, ranging from maisonettes, assisted living units and flexible workspaces, while the street facades respond to different orientations and surroundings. At the centre of the block is a private garden courtyard with a communal pavilion. Arcades and passageways make visual links from the garden to the street.

The apartment block takes inspiration from industrial quayside buildings in terms of its massing and presence, and from residential mansion blocks in its detailing of repeated undulating forms. Apartments have balconies facing east and west, communal spaces and a communal roof terrace.


KAAI37iMETA architectuurbureau, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, noAarchitecten (2018). Image by FILIP DUJARDIN

The architectural teams of META architectuurbureau, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu, noAarchitecten and OFFICE, together with PROJECT²/Bermaso present a building block that possesses an indirect but recognizable uniformity, yet does not forsake its own strong identity. KAAI 37 is the first passive group housing project to be certified.


Woonhaven AntwerpenStephen Taylor Architects in collaboration with Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven (2018)

The project at Cadix is for a new residential building over five levels and comprises a mix of 27 triplex, duplex and single level apartments. It was commissioned in 2015 by the housing association Woonhaven Antwerpen following a competition won in 2014 in collaboration with Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven.


An interest in civility and architectural openness is formally expressed at the buildings corner that offers a new place for gathering in the city. Brick and precast concrete elements are combined to create a building that aims at evoking a sense of permanence and solidity while creating continuity in the cities fabric. The robust masonry volume is softened with the colouring of the aluminium window frames and the fine detailing of the architectural metalwork.


Tour Guide:

Eva Storgaard
Dr. Eva Storgaard graduated as an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark. After her studies she worked as a practicing architect in Brussels and Antwerp. Since 2005 she is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Interior Architecture at the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp. Storgaard writes regularly about architecture for various architectural journals, such as OASE. Architectural Journal and DASH. She is co-author of the books Pieter De Bruyne 1931-1987. Pionier van het postmoderne (2012) and Morphology of Interiors. Fragments of Space Examined (2019). She recently finished her PhD entitled The Architecture of Danish Modern. Empiricism. Craft. Organicism.