The café will have an address on the square; we provide the entrance to the VAi on the side, in the transept of the church.

The courtyard garden by Jan Minne as an entrance.

The depot as a friendly giant in the old church

The archive volume behaves like a welcome guest. The scale, lightness and drama of the Gothic are no stranger to him.

Organizing the library, offices and meeting rooms in the attic improves the value of these spaces

Reconversion of the Sint-Hubertus church


In March 2021, the VAi and the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester launched a special edition of the Open Call for the phased redevelopment of the church into archive and office spaces for the VAi.
The core of Bovenbouw’s proposal is based on 3 interventions: 1. a new address 2. the organization of the library, the offices and the meeting rooms in the attic 3. the archive volume as a guest in the church that is treated as an objet trouvĂ©.

  • Design teamDirk Somers, Merijn Muller, Alex Turner, Casper Pasveer, Jakub Srnka, Verena Kretschmer & Adrian Pagmar
  • LocationBerchem
  • Year2021
  • In collaboration withOrigin and Jan Minne
  • StatusCompetition