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Congress center Elisabeth Center Antwerp

Together with Simpson Haugh and Partners we built a contemporary concert hall in Antwerp.
  • Architect: Simpson Haugh and Partners with Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: KMDA

  • Surface: 25.000 m²

  • Budget: € 58.500.000

  • Timing: 2010 - 2016

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee - Jonas Verhulst

  • Advisors: M&R Engineering (techniques building), ABT België (stability), AECOM (fire safety), Charcoalblue (theater techniques), Light and Design Associates (light), Origin (restauration), Kirkegaard Associates (acoustics theater), Daidalos (acoustics congress)

50 years ago, the Queen Elisabeth Hall was built to replace the Antwerp Zoo Hall. In 2013, the zoo got a new hall complex that meets the needs of today's users

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The new Queen Elisabeth Hall will be used mainly for concerts and aspires to become the best symphonic hall in Belgium. A hall with superior acoustics comparable to the best concert halls in the world and a capacity of 2,000 seats.

Among other things, the Q. Elisabeth Hall will be home to the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, one of Flanders' most important symphonic orchestras.

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"The technical challenge of the case is undoubtedly in acoustics. Acoustics is an issue that is difficult to isolate. It is reflected in all disciplines of construction, from the main structures to the smallest details of doors and techniques. A perfect result can only be achieved if every employee on site shows the utmost accuracy. One wrong drill hole or one poorly insulated wall can mortgage the final result," dixit ir. arch. Joris Minnen.

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Congress center

The new concert hall will be embedded in a modern conference center with several multipurpose rooms. The historic halls – the Marble Hall, Darwin Hall and Verlat Hall – remain largely untouched.

Equally impressive engineering feats are required to erect the imposing 25,000-square-metre building complex. Thus, three tower cranes will be used, the building will rest on 500 foundation piles, which, among other things, will have to help support a roof truss of no less than 35 tonnes, and construction workers will incorporate some 1,300 tonnes of reinforcement steel and 800 tonnes of profile steel into the building.

The Loos Hall

The building's main entrance will have direct access from Queen Astrid Square and will function as the foyer of the Queen Elisabeth Hall and a space for exhibitions and receptions. The Loos Hall connects the new complex via the existing historic halls.

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For the new Queen Elisabeth Center, we designed the BIM model in collaboration with ABT. ABT modeled the stability aspect model, while we modeled the architecture aspect model and was responsible for coordination and integration between the different models.

  • A major challenge in this BIM model was the careful modeling and detailing of the design of the new concert hall, which had to meet very stringent acoustic demands. A BIM methodology was developed to accurately shape the different curved wall panels and balustrades.
  • The BIM model also showed its value in the study of the Center's connection with the surrounding building. A crucial issue, as the building plot was almost fully enclosed.
  • Also, the shape and makeability of the outer shell of the concert hall was further developed with the BIM model.


The building will be constructed using sustainable materials and will be energy-efficient in use.

  • For example, the roof of the entire complex will be designed as a green roof. Vegetation will ensure that heat is retained and there is no reflection. Insulating capacity will increase as a result.
  • The rest of the building will also be perfectly insulated according to the latest standards to avoid heat loss. The new heating and ventilation system meets the highest environmental standards so that energy consumption is kept to a minimum.
  • All wood used is FSC labelled.
  • We recover rainwater for use in maintenance and plumbing.

As executive architects, we help the designing architects with all technical and financial issues so that they can fully focus 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 realise our dreams.

Meet our specialists

From Team Architecture (public sector Flanders) (7)

Joris 569 A0697 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Joris Minnen

Project architect
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Mark Gemiddeld

arch. Mark Sette

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Kathleen 569 A3540 Gemiddeld

arch. Kathleen Rens

Project architect
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Raf 569 A3809 Gemiddeld

arch. Raf De Preter

Expert bouwdetails
Adviseur gevel
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Toon Kalhofer

ir. arch. Toon Kalhöfer

Managing Director
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Gert 569 A0619 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Gert Biebauw

Project architect
Financial director
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J Olien Van Bever

ir. arch. Jolien Van Bever

Project architect
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From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (4)

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Glenn Verdyck

Technical designer
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Julie H

ing. Julie Huybrighs

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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prof. ir. arch. Paulus Present

BIM manager
Technisch ontwerper
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Kopie van Paulus

ir. arch. Yoshi Craeye

Technisch expert
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