AF Euro Cities: Antwerp
AF Euro Cities: Antwerp
AF Euro Cities: Antwerp
AF Euro Cities: Antwerp

AF Euro Cities: Antwerp


Join us for a weekend exploring new housing projects in Antwerp, including work by Caruso St John, de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, NoA, OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen, Sergison Bates, Stephen Taylor, Tony Fretton and Bowenbouw. The first in the AF’s new series of weekend tours, exploring innovative new architecture in European cities connected to London by rail.

Join us from 13-15 March for a study trip to Antwerp, to visit housing projects completed as part of the long-term spatial vision for the city. The tour, led by local architect and academic Eva Storgaard and including a meeting with the state architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester), will focus on pioneering residential projects in the docklands regeneration area of Cadix, with highlights from Flemish practices de Vylder Vinck Taillieu, OFFICE  Kersten Geers David van Severen and Bowenbouw as well as British architects Caruso St John, Sergison Bates, Stephen Taylor and Tony Fretton.

We will meet at 8:30am on 13 March at London St Pancras station to take the Eurostar to Brussels, departing at 8:55am. The trip will start with a meeting at the office of the regional architect (Vlaams Bouwmeester) on Friday afternoon covering approaches to design, masterplanning and procurement with a briefing on how to bid for work in the country.

This session in Brussels will be followed by a walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage-protected town houses designed by Victor Horta and the city's Grand Palace. The tour will then continue on Saturday with an exploration of high-quality recent housing developments in Antwerp. Sunday will be dedicated to self-guided exploration of key sites in the city -- such as the Flemish Architectural Insitute and Het Groen Kwartier redevelopment -- and new cultural projects in nearby Mechelen before returning to Brussels in the evening and arriving 9.33pm at London St Pancras. 

The £300 tickets cover travel to and from London and Antwerp and the guided tours. Accommodation must be arranged separately by participants with special rates for rooms at Hotel 1875 in the city centre available by request. 



8.30am – Meet St Pancras departure lounge

8.55am – Eurostar departs for Brussels-Midi

12.05pm – Eurostar arrives at Brussels-Midi

1pm – Meeting with Team Vlaams Bouwmeester

2.30pm – 4.30pm tour of historic townhouses by Victor Horta with Eva Storgaard

5pm – SNCB train to Antwerp Central

6pm – Check-in at Hotel 1875 (and other locations)

7pm – Dining suggetions and self-guided city exploration:


9.30am-5.30pm – Cadix residential tour with Eva Storgaard including projects by Sergison Bates, Caruso St John, and META

7pm – Dining suggetions and self-guided city exploration:


9.30am – Self-guided city exploration:

Flemish Architecture Institute, Antwerp (Exhibition RE-PRACTICE RE-VISIT RE-TURN of works by Jan De Vylder Architects)
Het Groen Kwartier redevelopment, Antwerp (Hotel August by Vincent Van Duysen and The Jane by Piet Boon)
Cogels Osylei Art Nouveau neighbourhood, Antwerp
Kazern Dossin museum by bOb Van Reeth and Prediken Klooster library by Korteknie Stuhlmacher, Mechelen

7.50pm – Meet Brussels-Midi departure lounge

8.22pm – Eurostar departs for London St Pancras

9.33pm – Eurostar arrives London St Pancras


Eva Storgaard

Dr. Eva Storgaard graduated as an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark. After her studies she worked as a practicing architect in Brussels and Antwerp. Since 2005 she is a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Interior Architecture at the Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp. Storgaard writes regularly about architecture for various architectural journals, such as OASE. Architectural Journal and DASH. She is co-author of the books Pieter De Bruyne 1931-1987. Pionier van het postmoderne (2012) and Morphology of Interiors. Fragments of Space Examined (2019). She recently finished her PhD entitled The Architecture of Danish Modern. Empiricism. Craft. Organicism.