Office building ​DDS-Verko

Architect : TM BULK - Studio Jan Vermeulen
Client : DDS - VERKO
Advisors : BAS (stability) - Studiebureau IRS (techniques) - Cluster Landschap-Stedenbouw (landscape) - Bureau De Fonseca (acoustics) - Bureau Bouwtechniek (circularity)
Location : Dendermonde
Surface : 3.250 m2
Timing : 2023 -  
Budget : € 5.000.000
Status : design phase

Technical advice I Integral sustainability advice

Construction of a new innovative and circular office building for the service association DDS and Verko in Dendermonde. 

The project brings together the offices of service providing association Dender, Durme, Schelde (D.D.S.) and waste intermunicipal association VERKO together in one new building that will be the face of the technology and recycling park on Bevrijdingslaan in Dendermonde. 

The office symbolises the future vision of the region and facilitates a new workplace for the expanded services of DDS and Verko. The new building occupies a prominent place in the impressive Scheldt landscape and forms a link in a wider educational and tourist network, like a beacon along the shore. 

DDS and Verko demonstrate their ambition with this characterful building that seeks a strong connection with the context. This compact design leaves room for nature and offers a robust structure. Both the specific identity and the flexible structure make the office building future-proof. (dixit Flemish Government Architect Erik Wieërs)  

Durability meter

After the selection of sustainable efforts, BB will monitor the execution using the sustainability meter GRO of the Flemish government, since 2016 the new manual for building in the future. This tool allows the different durable aspects to be measured and enables us to relate them to each other during the different phases of a building - design, execution and usage. We are convinced that this working method is the key to the realization of a sustainable building.


The building will play a pioneering role in what the team calls the 'new working landscape'. As a generous shell, the project can accommodate many uses over time. In doing so, we take an ambitious stance on sustainable construction and circular building principles. The proposed cladding in bio-based material, manufactured from waste collected locally by VERKO, was recognised by the jury as "an esteemed and promising innovation"

Bureau Bouwtechniek 

Bureau Bouwtechniek's sustainability team will be responsible for :

  • Advice on general sustainability 
  • Advice on reuse of existing materials 
  • Summer comfort study 
  • Daylight study 
  • TOTEM analysis 

More on sustainable construction .

BB team: ir. arch. Katrien Van Lierop