Architect: A Practice, MLZD with Bureau Bouwtechniek
Client: Gemeente Vorst
Advisors: MLZD (architecture and urbansime), TAKTYK (landscape), CHANGEMENT A VUE (scenography), Bureau d’études Greisch (stability), INGENIUM (techniques), Daidaolos Peutz (akoestics, building physics), BB (EPR)
Location: Vorst
Surface: 6.700 m²
Budget: € 16.000.000
Timing: 2017 - 
Status: design phase

© existing situation: Wim Robberechts
© Renders: A Practice

Project support I Collaboration
Technical advice I EPR

Restoration, renovation and reallocation of the 12th century Vorst 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.

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.


  • 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.  

Bureau Bouwtechniek is responsible for the complete construction-technical support of the architects from the tendering phase. BB is responsible for technical assistance during the design process, the layout of the execution plans, the development of technical details, the blueprint of constructional specifications and estimates. BB leads the monitoring of the execution and is EPB reporter.