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Pritzker Architecture Prize 2023 - Nobelprize in Architectuur - for David Chipperfield

This year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, also known as the "Nobel Prize in Architecture", was more than deservedly awarded to David Chipperfield, the architect of The Grand.

For decades, Chipperfield has been known for his sensitive approach to the renovation and restoration of existing buildings. That is also why VDD made the choice to partner with David Chipperfield Architects for the redevelopment of 'Le Grand Hôtel', later known as the 'White Residence'. He is now being extensively praised by the Pritzker Prize jury for the same reason. The jury calls his work 'subtle and powerful', describing it as 'understated yet elegant'. The answers that Chipperfield formulates to a building brief are careful, thoughtful, precise and calm. He is not the architect who wants to score himself with gaudy and all-dominating buildings but prefers to act as a servant of the public good.

His respect for the natural environment and what has been built before also stands out. If he sets himself up as the guardian of historic buildings, he does so by adding timeless modern design to them. He does so with great precision and historical insight. He has been called "radical in his restraint", to the point of almost disappearing himself.

We are therefore very proud to witness his innovative thinking and forward-looking approach with our project The Grand.

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‘Le Grand Hôtel’ in de kustlijn van Nieuwpoort-Bad.


From prestigious hotel to dilapidated building

Glory alternates with sadness in this story. From Nieuwpoort Bad's most prestigious hotel, to military hospital in WWII, then holiday home in the 1960s, slipping gradually into disrepair. We tell the full story here. Read more about the history.

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A passionate team of experts

Heritage developer VDD Project Development drew up this ambitious and unique renovation project in collaboration with internationally acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects (UK), led by Pritzker Prize 2023 laureate David Chipperfield, the Brussels-based restoration architects Origin, and the interior architect Arjaan De Feyter. Read more about the team.

The project

An historic monument with a modern spirit

Since its appearance as the ‘Le Grand Hôtel’ in 1924, this once proud Belle-Epoque, Art-Deco building has had many a storm to weather. Developers VDD Project Development will return the iconic building to its former grandeur, under the new name of ‘The Grand’.

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Incomparable apartments with a unique identity

A variety of limited-edition apartments is available with floor areas of up to 230 m², one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and a variety of views and aspects... Each a gem in its own right and subtly incorporating the allure and aesthetics of The Grand's exterior. Framed by grandeur, total comfort and a high-end, sustainable finish, these apartments speak to a living quality of the highest level.

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Triple-A location in bustling Nieuwpoort

Nieuwpoort-Bad is still one of Belgium's most exclusive coastal towns, with incredible assets such as the broad seafront, the promenade, the charming shopping streets and, of course, Europe's largest private marina. Would you like to know more about Nieuwpoort? Discover our favourite addresses here.

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Huge interest from home and abroad

On announcement of our ambitious plans the project was described and discussed extensively across a variety of national and international media. Articles on the subject of The Grand have been published in the international architectural magazines Dezeen, Architect’s Journal and Archdaily. Read the press articles here.

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