The facades at the Generaal Belliardstraat.

View over the courtyard. The apartment building by Caruso St John.

View from the courtyard onto Falconrui.

The corner on Falconrui/Generaal Belliardstraat

The corner on Falconrui/Generaal Belliardstraat

The corner towards the courtyard, building sections by ONO and Rapp+Rapp

Balcony towards the corner on Falconrui/Generaal Belliardstraat

Falconhoven Redevelopment


Site plan

Different elevations along Belliardstraat

Different elevations along Falconrui

The streets around the Falconplein are a colourful catalogue of five centuries of urban architecture. Every facet of the city is simultaneously visible: the vulgar or misplaced and the elegant or exotic. New and smooth stands next to crumpled and forgotten. Scale, typology, function and materials are wildly varied, and the streetscape is never dominated by any one type of architecture. Fascinated by the diversity of the Schipperskwartier, four architectural firms carved up, apportioned and perfected the empty corner at the intersection of the Falconrui and the Generaal Belliardstraat (Caruso St John, Rapp+Rapp, ONO and Bovenbouw). The volatility of the surrounding streets is reflected in the designs. The materials, styles and mixed typologies of the Schipperskwartier have inspired an equally vibrant collection of well-judged buildings.

  • Design teamDirk Somers and Carole Boeckx
  • LocationAntwerp
  • Year2014-2020
  • ClientCIP
  • Program15 apartments and a commercial space
  • In collaboration withCaruso St John, ONO Architecture and Rapp+Rapp
  • PhotographyFilip Dujardin