The refurbishment of the nineteenth century buildings along Antwerp’s main shopping street expresses a strong sympathy for nineteenth century design attitudes.
Contrary to a 20th century idea of consistent and linear thought, we follow a line of association and improvisation. Haphazard situations generate manifold solutions. Instead of a grand central idea, small and midscale interventions react on small and midscale problems. Instead of following principles and introducing systems, we pursue a casual renovation along the themes contained within the existing and its variations.
Client: AG Vespa Generaal
Lemanstraat 55, 2018 Antwerpen
Program: Refurbisment of 3 houses (into 8 appartments and 2 shops) Location: Leysstraat 7-15, 2000 Antwerpen
Bruto – netto surfaces: 719 m2 – 677 m2
Timing: August 2014 – September 2016
Budget: 2.800.000 € excl. VAT
Design team: Dirk Somers, Sander Laureys, Gosia Olchowska, Henk Jan Imhoff, Wim Boesten, Sidse Hald and Christopher Permain in collaboration with Barbara Van Der Wee Architects
Photographer: Filip Dujardin