A dense suburbanity – lecture


Series of lectures organised by the atelier URBAN NATURE for the academic year 2023.24, archi.ulb.be/un-urban-nature, as part of the Erasmus+ NeRu|New Ruralities programme.

Tuesday the 30th of April, 10:00 AM, ULB Faculté d’Architecture, La Cambre Horta, Campus rue du Lombard

Consolidations – lecture


Part of a lecture series “here + there” by established architectural practices and researchers that explore various topics of architectural discourse.

Thursday the 18th of April, 7:00 PM, Aula der Fakultät für Architektur, München.

WOHNEN abitare oggi/living today lecture


The lecture series intends to bring attention back to a key topic in architectural education by bringing to the Academy of Mendrisio a series of European architectural practices that in different ways have successfully addressed the issue of living.

Thursday the 21st of March, 6:30 PM, Teatro dell’architettura, Mendrisio.

Two prestigious awards for Royal Belge at MIPIM Awards 2024


Thrilled to announce that Royal Belge has clinched not one, but two prestigious awards for the Best Conversion Project and Best Mixed-use Project at MIPIM 2024 Awards!

Thursday, 14th of March, Palais des Festivals, Cannes.

Royal Belge among finalists at MIPIM 2024


Royal Belge was chosen as one of two Belgian projects to the finals of the next MIPIM Awards, which will be awarded at the international real estate show. The building is competing in two categories: best conversion project and best mixed-use project.

From 12th to 15th of March, Palais des Festivals, Cannes.

RES Award for Royal Belge


The Real Estate Society (RES) on the 22nd of February announced the winners of the 6th edition of the RES Awards. The renovation of Royal Belge made in collaboration Caruso St John Architects and DDS+ has gained recognition and won the award for the best commercial development.

Extremely weird and confusing lecture


The lecture without a subject, besides the work of the practice, of which the subject is unclear. 5th lecture of the series organised by Modulor, University of Antwerp.

Tuesday the 27th of February, 7:00 PM, UAntwerp, Antwerp.

Interiors Buildings Cities


Lecture “Some reflections on Facades” for the masterstudio Interiors Buildings Cities at the Faculty of Architecture from the TU Delft.

The studio focuses on architecture accommodating different scales and gradations of public life in the city, going from the street to public interiors.


Friday the 24th of November, 3:00 PM, TU Delft, Delft.

Hollein Calling


Among 15 European architecture practices, Bovenbouw architectuur will be part of the exhibition ‘Hollein Calling’ in Vienna. The exhibition re-evaluates Hollein’s work from a contemporary perspective and its influence on architecture today.


Thursday 21st September 2023 – Monday 12th February 2024,

daily from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna

Architectuur in de Kijker


We will give a guided tour through Tabloo, a Visitor Centre fot a Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility by ono architectuur and Bovenbouw Architectuur.


Wednesday 20th September 2023, 2:00 PM, Dessel


Tickets and info on the website of AR-TUR.

Dag van de Architectuur


Together with VAi we organize guided tours through recently opened Royale Belge.

A reconversion of a former office building into a hotel, restaurant, offices, fitness & wellness, … we teamed up for with Caruso St John architects and DDS+.


Sunday 10 September 2023, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Dag van de Architectuur

organized by Vlaams Architectuurinstituut

25 best architecture firms in Belgium


Bovenbouw is appraised in Archello’s list “25 best architecture firms in Belgium“.

Tabloo, a Visitor Centre for a Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility together with ono architectuur.

Perimeter block


Atelier Sergison from the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio (Università della Svizzera Italiana) will end its Spring Semester 2023, dedicated to a “Perimeter block⁠”, with their final review.


⁠Professor Jonathan Sergison, Cristina Roiz de la Parra Solano⁠, Flavia Saggese⁠ will have discussions together with guests Janina Gosseye and Dirk Somers about the student projects.


Thursday 1 June, 9 am⁠, Palazzo Canavée, Mendrisio, Svizzera.

We have moved!


We’ve moved!


From now on you can find us on our new address:

Lange Lobroekstraat 149, 2060 Antwerpen.

The New Together


Tabloo, a Visitor center for Nuclear waste disposal facility together with ONO architectuur will be part of the exhibition ‘The New Together’ by Platform.


May 20th – July 30th, Casa Platform (Scuola Grande della Misericordia), Venice.



Die Detmolder Räume


An interdisciplinary workshopweek has its apotheosis with the “Detmolder-Räume Konferenz” in the Lippisches Landesmuseum of Detmold.

With a conversation about building ‘further’ between Miriam Van der Lubbe, ​Dirk Somers, Ella Ziegler and Anna Tscherch.


Wednesday the 10th of May, 20.30H, Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold, Detmold.


Detmold Design Transfer

Oase #113


Presentation “OASE#113” about authorship(s).

A conversation between Veronique Patteeuw, Eva De Bruyn, Dirk Somers and Maarten Van Den Driessche.


Wednesday the 26th of April, 12.00H, Faculteitsbibliotheek Ingenieurswetenschappen en Architectuur, Universiteit Gent, Gent.



Living in Monnikenheide: Care, inclusion and architecture


Book launch “Living in Monnikenheide: Care, inclusion and architecture” from the Flanders Architecture Institute and architect-philosopher Gideon Boie.
With a conversation between Olav Grondelaers and Erik Wieërs, Dirk Somers, Heleen Verheyden, Inge Vervotte and Resident Monnikenheide.


Tuesday the 25th of April, 20.00H, De Singel, Blue Hal, Antwerp.


Flanders Architecture Institute

Completion Care Campus


The care campus in Ekeren got completed.

Large Care Campus – Antwerp

Geschichte im Entwurf


Lecture “Geschichte im Entwurf” for the Faculty of Architecture at the Technische Universität Dresden.


Wednesday the 25th of January, 19.00H, TU D, Dresden.


Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Architecture

New perspectives


Lecture “Een nieuw huis voor Architectuur” on the Beguinage of Hasselt for Architectenhuiskamer.

Thursday the 13th of October, Z33, Hasselt.


A castle for children


Bovenbouw wins a competition to build a nursery, a center for child care and family support and an after school care facility on the site of the Kinderkasteeltje in Nazareth.

Composite Presence at Z33


Exhibition Composite Presence travels to Hasselt, Z33.

Opening night, Saturday the 1st of October, 20H-2H.

Register at: Opening night fall program

Takeaways and projects


Takeaways and projects, keynote lecture at Berlage on the 15th of September.

Takeaways and projects



Lecture on the work of Bovenbouw part of the “Architecture in the age of Neoliberalism”-series, at Studio Kempe Thill of Leibniz University Hannover.

Tuesday 03/05/2022, 19H

In progress, Reuse of the Royale Belge in Brussels


Lecture by Wim Boesten about the Royale Belge project (in collaboration with Caruso St John Architects and DDS+) for the TU Delft.

Royale Belge – Brussels


Settings, paths, scenes


Lecture for University of Antwerp, organised by Modulor.

Thursday 17/03/22, 13H.


Lecture ICA


Lecture on the Biënnale 2021 at ICA, ULiège

Thursday 10/02/2022, 19H


Stuivenberg site, Antwerp


Team Bovenbouw Architectuur-Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architects-BOOM Landscape-Sabine Okkerse has been appointed to shape the redevelopment of the Stuivenberg site in Antwerp-North.

Reconversion of the Stuivenberg site – Antwerp

Sint-Benedictus, Mortsel


Team Bovenbouw-Bart De Haene-Ciril submit the winning competition proposal for a residential development in Mortsel center.

Sint-Benedictus housing project – Mortsel

Care campus progression


The works on the care campus in Ekeren proceed..

Large Care Campus – Antwerp

OASE 108 and 109


Online presentation of OASE 108/Ups & Downs and Oase 109/On Modernities with Dirk Somers amongst others.

Friday 14/01/2022, 15H-17.30H



Lecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille.

Thursday 09/12/21, 18.30H


Lecture EPFL


Lecture at the EPFL about the Composite Presence exhibition.

Tuesdat 23.11.21, 17.30H.

Bovenbouw at EPFL

Urban Grace


Lecture series organized by Giancarlo Floridi and Cino Zucchi with contribution by Dirk Somers.

Monday 22/11/21, Politecnico di Milano, Milano.

Design by thinking of other designs


Participation in lecture series ‘Design-by-thinking-of-’ organised by Office Winhov Architects.

Wednesday 10/11/21, 19.30H, Amsterdam.


Institution Building


“Institution Building”, an exhibition organised bij CIVA, hosts in the chapter Preservation the Refurbishment of the Royale Belge building in Brussels (amongst other projects).

Institution building by CIVA

Ingressi Milanesi


Introduction to book launch & exhibition “Ingressi Milanesi” by Dirk Somers and Dirk De Meyer

Thursday 07/10/21,

Vandenhove, Rozier 1, 9000 Ghent

Designers’ Saturday


Dirk Somers is head of the Jury for the ‘Best Interior Award’ at the Designers’ Saturday 2021 in Oslo.
New Norwegian National Museum, 10/09-12/09, Oslo

Designers’ Saturday

Nomination for Brussels Architecture Prize 2021


The Werfstraat Brussels project is nominated for the Brussels Architecture Prize 2021, category “small intervention”.

Your vote is highly appreciated!

Brussels Architecture Prize – Vote

Some answers to your design questions – Bovenbouw Architectuur


Dirk Somers (Bovenbouw Architectuur) as part of the informal talk series
for the Contemporary is always over
Maybe there is architecture after ambiguity…?

UTS School of Architecture

Thursday 12th of August, 7.00pm



At the Biennale Architettura 2021, Bovenbouw Architectuur presents the exhibition ‘Composite Presence’ in the Belgian pavilion. By means of 50 reference projects, curator Dirk Somers shows the contemporary city in Flanders and Brussels in all its complexity.

Thursday 5th of August

Towards a new European practice


Series of round-table discussions organised by Architecture Workroom Brussels on Architecture and Transition and Landing the Green Deal with Dirk Somers, amongst others.

Thursday 10/06/2021 at 13H

The Belgian Pavilion has opened!


Our scenography ‘Composite Presence’ for the Flemish architecture Institute has opened in Venice. This fictional model landscape simulates the potential to improve weak urban surroundings by an intense interplay between the middle ground of city architects and quality chambers on the one hand and designers on the other hand.

Play for Today: The Performance of Architecture


Dirk Somers was invited as a guest critic to David Kohn and Bushra Mohamed’s Diploma Unit 19 at Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Conversation piece


“Dirk Somers of Belgian practice Bovenbouw talks to Louis Mayes about the role of drawing, and the importance of viewing a sketch as a problem for discussion as much as a solution”

Future home for Bovenbouw


Bovenbouw Architectuur is in the process of creating a new home.

Can we Live Together?


The British Council and Sto invites Dirk Somers as one of panelists in the online panel event on the topic “Can we Live Together?”

Q&A with Bovenbouw


Online lecture on Bovenbouw for the University of Sheffield

Lecture for the Oslo Association of Architecture


Online lecture for the Oslo Association of Architecture

Thinking figuratively


Thinking figuratively, online lecture organised by Archipel.

Alternative Histories Dublin


New showing of Alternative Histories at the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion square, Dublin.

Writers and architects at Bozar


Flemish authors Charlotte Van den Broeck and Walter van den Broeck discuss their latest books in which architects play a central role. They are joined by a number of architects and architecture experts to reflect on this: Matilde Everaert and Dirk Somers. Bozar, Brussels.

Bovenbouw wins Royale Belge


Bovenbouw Architectuur, working in collaboration with Caruso St John Architects, have won the competition to convert the former headquarters of AXA into a complex that includes apartments, offices, coworking and conference facilities along with a hotel and fitness centre.


Design: Dirk Somers and Wim Boesten in collaboration with Caruso St John Architects


Photograph: Séverin Malaud

De Groene Lente


A Care Home, De Drie Platanen, Ostend wins the public award “De Groene Lente”, category neighborhood park.


Biennale Architettura 2020


The Antwerp-based office Bovenbouw Architectuur has been appointed as curator of the exhibition in the Belgian pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2020 in Venice.


Biennale Architettura 2020


Photograph: We Document Art