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Abbey of Forest

Together with A Practice and MLZD, we are collaborating on the renovation and redevelopment of the abbey site in Forest.
  • Architect: A Practice, MLZD with Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Gemeente Vorst

  • Surface: 6.700 m²

  • Budget: € 16.000.000

  • Timing: 2017 -

  • Status: Design phase

  • Advisors: MLZD (architecture and urbansime), TAKTYK (landscape), CHANGEMENT A VUE (scenography), Bureau d’études Greisch (stability), INGENIUM (techniques), Daidaolos Peutz (acoustics, building physics), BB (EPR)

Restoration, renovation and reallocation of the 12th century abbey site to the Aby cultural centre. Aby will house a library, music academy and concert hall, as well as a youth room, caretaker's house and a larger park.

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This project reconciles heritage preservation with a new cultural interpretation. A complex and dense programme has to be planned in the context of a derelict and listed site that is to be given a public interpretation.

As executive architect, we help the designing architects with all technical and financial issues so that they can fully concentrate on the design. We also monitor the implementation and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can make our dreams come true.

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The scale of the project and the various interventions require close monitoring of the successive dossiers of demolition and reconstruction in the design and implementation phases. Translating the existing and listed heritage into contemporary standards.

Added value

Technical research.
Coordination of the design and implementation process.

Meet our project team

From Team Architecture (French-speaking) (4)

Julie J 3227

ir. arch. Julie Janssens

Project architect
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Smaranda 3252

arch. Smaranda Alexandrescu

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Ilse 569 A0601 Gemiddeld

arch. Ilse Deckmyn

Project architect
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Francesca 569 A0780 Gemiddeld

arch. Francesca Crosby

Project architect
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From Team Sustainability, Energy & Comfort (2)

BB Robbe oct2014

ir. arch. Robbe Verelst

Energie- en duurzaamheidsadviseur
Ingenieur bouwfysica
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B B Martijn Vyncke 8087 Large

ing. Martijn Vyncke

Daglicht expert
Adviseur technische installaties
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From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (2)

Tiny 569 A3568 Large

arch. Tiny Vandenberghe

Technical designer
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arch. ass. Katie Van der Borght

Technisch ontwerper
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From Team Knowledge Innovation & Technology (1)

Raf 569 A3809 Gemiddeld

arch. Raf De Preter

Expert bouwdetails
Adviseur gevel
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From Team Fire (1)

Julie J 3227

ir. arch. Julie Janssens

Project architect
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