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)


Youth Centre Park Groot Schijn

Construction of the youth centre will start this spring, a place of its own for the various youth associations around the historic Master Schmid farm. After the sports room, BULK architects, together with BUUR, HOSPER and ARA, are working on the next series of buildings within the Masterplan Park Groot Schijn. In a second phase, the Scinthoeve on this site will be renovated into a multi-purpose youth center and party hall.

Park Groot Schijn: Jeugdkamer

Happy holidays

BULK wishes you happy holidays and a cheerful and inspiring new year!

Our offices will be closed from Friday 24 December 2021.
We will be available again from 10 January 2022.


Laura Denis was present during the opening debates and wrote an extensive review about the exhibition 'BWMSTR Label Construct, room for change' for Archined.

Lecture Family-friendly housing

In the context of the exhibition 'Housing Apart Together', Architectuurwijzer organized a number of thematic lecture evenings together with the city of Antwerp and AG Vespa. On Wednesday 10 November, the theme was 'Family-friendly and stacked living'. In Flanders, the house with its own garden is considered the most ideal form of living with children. During this evening of lectures we show that stacked housing projects can also provide a nice home for families with children. Lecture by Ninke Happel and Koen Van Bockstal.

Watch the lecture

Oversize: Adaptive Reuse

Article on research and exhibition ‘'BWMSTR Label. Construct, room for change' in A + 292 “Oversize: Adaptive Reuse”.

Oversize is about scale, about large volumes and precise details. Oversize is not a reason for a generic structure, rather an invitation to a generous design. The Flemish Government Architect already emphasized this in his ambition memorandum and, together with BULK architects, also devoted a BWMSTR Label to it. “The research for the project Construct, room for change”, writes Bart Tritsmans, “is a plea for the reuse and creation of robust buildings that embrace oversize and allow flexible use.”

A+292 _ BWMSTR Label. Construct, ruimte voor verandering



BULK architects received the 21st Bouwmeester Label in 2019-2020 for our study 'Construct: the architecture of the construction'. We investigate how more attention for structure and construction can contribute to a resilient, robust city.

The exhibition 'BWMSTR Label Construct, room for change' shows the results of the research and presents tools for a changing practice.

We will open the exhibition on 12 November. In two panel discussions, we bring together various actors from the construction sector to reflect on the future of robust buildings and their impact on a changing city. Architects and engineers as well as project developers and chief government architects take the stage to think about the future of robust buildings.

With speakers: Jasper Ponjee (BULK architects), Olof Grip (General Architecture), Erik Wieërs (Flemish Government Architect), Mario Rinke (University of Antwerp), Evi Swinnen (Timelab Ghent), Peter Gestels (Van Roey) and Steven Decloedt (AG Vespa). Moderator: Edith Wouters (Ar-Tur)

12.11.2021 at 20:00
Muziekstudio De Singel in Antwerp.

13.11.2021 - 17.04.2022
De Singel International Arts Centre, Antwerp

BWMSTR Label. Construct, ruimte voor verandering

Back to school - TUB

The Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Technische Universität Berlin is organizing a study trip to Antwerp led by Prof. Mechthild Stuhlmacher. To support their current design assignment, they visit a series of urban projects, including Pension Van Schoonhoven and Het Vliegertje. As an introduction, Koen Van Bockstal will give a lecture for architecture students on schools, building in the city and the Antwerp context on 29.10.21.


University of Liechtenstein

Last Wednesday we had the pleasure of hosting Urs Meister, Mario Rinke and students from the University of Liechtenstein in our office. Koen gave a lecture on Antwerp history and we talked about re-use, intelligent ruins and retrofitting.