BULK and Sergison Bates are very happy to announce that we have won the competition for the new SD Worx headquarter building in Antwerp. Together with IRS Studiebureau - Buro Lubbers - DENKBAR. 

Image by Secchi Smith.

ON4 studio TU Delft

At the request of team Happel Cornelisse Verhoeven architects, Koen Van Bockstal will give a lecture to students of the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft on Wednesday 18/05/22. The lecture is the start of the ON4 studio course 'Residential Building and Living Environment', which focuses on the question of how families can live stacked in the Cadix district.

Robust open buildings

For the launch of the book Ruimte voor verandering. Robuuste open gebouwen voor de toekomst, the Flanders Architecture Institute and the University of Antwerp invited Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates architects) and Koen Van Bockstal (Bulk architects / University of Antwerp) for a double lecture.

Rewatch the book launch and lectures

From harbor to city

In many port cities around the world, port-related activity is shifting away from traditional locations to more productive areas. The vacated port areas are slowly being transformed into fully-fledged parts of the city. The March issue of the Architect shows how to turn the harbor into a city without polishing away the past.

'Lovingly designed robust urban architecture'

Project Cadix A5 in collaboration with Sergison Bates and Bovenbouw is featured in de Architect ‘From harbor to city’.

de Architect (Dutch)

Cross-pollination, the power of collaboration

Article in Nook magazine 2022 / #1: Cross-pollination, the power of collaboration about the production of BRAEMPRAAT. Filip Dujardin, Dimitri Leue and Koen Van Bockstal talk about the collaboration on this piece where Dimitri Leue brought Braems text ‘Het lelijkste land ter wereld’ (‘The ugliest country in the world’) together with music by Steven Taelman, photos by Filip Dujardin and a set by BULK architects.

Nook: Cross-pollination, the power of collaboration


‘By building a little bigger now, we can build less in the long run’.

Interview with Jasper Ponjee in De Standaard about robust open buildings for the future.

De Standaard

Publication and lecture ‘Room for change’

The book Room for change (Ruimte voor verandering. Robuuste open gebouwen voor de toekomst) will be published on April 13.

“The research by BULK architects shows the value of robust open buildings that embrace excess and enable flexible use. Out of a curiosity about history and future possibilities, Room for change contributes to the convergence between architecture, structure and sustainability.”

Following the launch of the book, the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) and the University of Antwerp (UA) invite Stephen Bates (Sergison Bates architects) and Koen Van Bockstal (BULK architecten / UA) for a lecture on 13 April at 8:00 PM. at the University of Antwerp.

Info, pre-order en registrations for the book launch and lecture via VAi

podcast de Architect

In the run-up to the March issue of De Architect, Merel Pit and Tracy Metz dive into the theme: From port to city. “The city is advancing, the harbor is moving. Where is there still room to live? Well, in the harbor!”. In this last episode of the series about the former port area, in addition to Koen van Bockstal, Rozemie Claeys (AG VESPA) is also a guest.

podcast de Architect

Back to Brick

A+ investigates today's Belgian brick architecture, paying attention to the technical, constructive and physical aspects of the material.

“In the Cadix district in Antwerp. Sergison Bates, Bovenbouw and BULK realized a city block of five buildings. The result - 200 flats and 26 commercial premises - shows how brick can upgrade urban living.”

Project Cadix A5 in collaboration with Sergison Bates and Bovenbouw is featured in A+294 “Back to Brick”.


Ruimtelijk Rendement

Pension Van Schoonhoven included as an example project ‘Spatial Efficiency’. With this campaign, the Flemish government wants to offer inspiration to developers, architects, environmental officials or builders who are involved in construction projects on a daily basis. A database of striking examples of spatial efficiency.

Watch the video report and read the interview with architect Koen Van Bockstal (BULK architects), landscape architect Bjorn Gielen (Landinzicht) and client Anke Van der Jonckheyd (OCMW Antwerp) on the website of the Environment Agency.

Flanders Environment Agency


Article about the redevelopment of the Arena district by Renaat Braem. The team FVWW Architecten + Bressers Erfgoed has been selected for the renovation of the buildings in the southern periphery. Commissioned by AG Vespa and Woonhaven Antwerp, the design team CLUSTER + BULK + KARUUR + WIT continues to work on the Master Plan for the new Arena district: a green, car-free neighbourhood, smooth and comfortable passages for cyclists and pedestrians and a clear connection to the surrounding public space.

Article De Standaard (Dutch)