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Masterplan Hertogensite

Together with David Chipperfield Architects, we are co-founding the development of a former hospital campus in the heart of Leuven.
Pritzker Prize-winner David Chipperfield
  • Architect: David Chipperfield Architects i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Resiterra

  • Surface: 8.000 m²

  • Budget: € 14.500.000

  • Timing: 2019 -

  • Status: In execution

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee

  • Advisors: Establis (stability), Creteq (techniques), Venac (acoustics), EvoPlus (safety)

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The master plan for the reconversion of this historic site in the city centre on a long, narrow site between a remnant of the medieval city wall and a branch of the river Dijle includes a 45m-high and 14-storey residential tower connected to 9 single-family houses and a 4-storey apartment buildin .

Below the new residences will be a two-storey underground car park, good for a total of 48 parking spaces, The entire construction project provides a total of 155 bicycle parking spaces for residents.

ir. arch. Jolien Van Bever stands proudly gleaming at the completion of the tower

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The project unites these three different typologies into one through a coherent architectural language defined by the size of a residential unit and the consistent use of light-coloured brick cladding and concrete elements.

David Chipperfield Architects did particular research on the right type of brick to connect with the buildings of the inner city and with the medieval rampart wall.

Some of our technical designers' work

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It is an exciting moment to see the residential tower reach its full height and take its place in the Leuven skyline. Given its central location within the master plan, Duke I will become a symbol of this new district. While the building responds to the park, the townhouses define a new street parallel to the historical city wall. Together, these two elements form a coherent whole that will help to open up the site.
David Chipperfield Architects

As the executive architect, we help the designing architects with all construction-technical and financial issues so that they can fully concentrate on the design. 

We also monitor the execution and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can make our dreams come true.

Meet the project team of Hertogensite

From Team Architecture (private sector Antwerp, Limburg, Flemish Brabant and Brussels) (3)

J Olien Van Bever

ir. arch. Jolien Van Bever

Project architect
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Joris 569 A0697 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Joris Minnen

Project architect
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Sofie 569 A0664 2 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Sofie April

Project architect
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From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (2)

Julie H

ing. Julie Huybrighs

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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Hanne Vanbrabant

BIM modeller

From Team Knowledge Innovation & Technology (2)

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prof. arch. Johan Cordonnier

Project architect
Expert construction details
Façade advisor
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Raf 569 A3809 Gemiddeld

arch. Raf De Preter

Expert construction details
Façade advisor
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TAGS: BIM| Executive architect