At VDD Project Development, we work within the existing footprint of historic sites in premium locations in the city to equip them for a contemporary purpose. Our emphasis is on giving the past a future. In previous years, we have already showcased our expertise with verve, with such projects as the ‘Weyler Barracks’ and ‘Huis van Hamme’ in Bruges and ‘The Dome’, ‘Gesù’ and ‘de Mérode’ in Brussels.
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Having acquired the monument last year, VDD Project Development is determined to restore the building to its former grandeur in the run-up to its centenary, under a new name, i.e., ‘The Grand’.
Since its inception in 1985, David Chipperfield Architects (DCA) has developed a diverse international body of work from its offices in London, Berlin, Milan and Shanghai. This includes cultural, residential, commercial and educational buildings, as well as civic projects and urban masterplans. The practice’s work is characterised by meticulous attention to the concept and details of every project, and a relentless focus on refining design ideas to arrive at a solution which is architecturally, socially, and intellectually coherent.
The practice has specific expertise in and is passionate about working within sensitive historic contexts, having completed 14 projects on 12 different UNESCO World Heritage sites. Projects include the “Neues Museum” and the “Neue National Galerie” in Berlin; the “Royal Academy of Arts” and the former US Embassy in London.
David Chipperfield Architects has won more than fifty international awards and citations for design excellence, including the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture) and the Deutscher Architekturpreis. In 2011, David Chipperfield was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, followed by the Praemium Imperiale in 2013 in recognition of his career.
Our choice for David Chipperfield Architects is motivated by their extensive experience in the renovation and reconversion of existing buildings. Their circumspect approach gives rise to subtle interventions in these buildings. This is especially valuable in the context of the renovation of ‘The Grand’, in light of its important architectural and historic value. The British architect is extremely respectful of the original historic fabric of buildings, while simultaneously considering them as an open playing field. The pared-down aesthetic of his symbolic architecture combines innovation and conservation in an extremely intelligent way. The practice is renowned for its contemporary, qualitative architecture that integrates seamlessly in the existing spatial context, while revealing a host of poetic undertones and nuances in addition to consummate sensitivity to detail.
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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTSLondon, United Kingdom
Neues museumBerlin, Germany
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We have partnered with a series of specialised partners for this project, who all excel in their respective fields, including the restoration architects of ORIGIN Architecture & Engineering, Bureau Bouwtechniek as the executive architect, Arjaan De Feyter Interiors as the interior designer, Mouton as the structural engineer, hp engineers for the technical installations and sustainability concepts and Macobo Stabo as the acoustic consultant.
The project is the outcome of months of intensive consultations with the Flanders Heritage Agency and the Municipality of Nieuwpoort.