Leo Van Broeck Founding Partner ‘Bogdan & Van Broeck’ ‘Flemish Building Master’ for 2016-2020 Engineer architect and professor Mail Phone: Website:
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Nik Vandewyngaerde 06 02 1994 (Belgium) Herrengrabenweg 81, Basel Single (marital status) +41 763 90 40 99 email@example.com www.behance.net/nikvw & www.issuu.com/nikvdw
Heilig-hart College, Tervuren
Secondary education: Science and mathematics
Catholic University of Leuven
Bachelor in Engineering and Architecture
Catholic University of Leuven
Master in Engineering and Architecture + Urbanism
Intern Herzog & de Meuron Summer intern Bogdan & Van Broeck
August 2017 2015 - 2016
Bogdan & Van Broeck is one of the leading architecture firms in Brussels and is actively involved in the public debate about urban renewal and intensification. (bogdanvanbroeck.com)
EXTRA CURRICUL AR
2015 - Present
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Responsible for stage design, event concept, contacting speakers. (www.tedxleuven.com) Responsible Development Existenz
2015 - 2016
Existenz is a culture organization that organizes events, which are linked with architecture. Responsible for organizing various workshops, international lecture events, a portfolio-evening and more. (www.existenz.be) PR Coordinator of PiP Leuven
2015 - 2016
Organization where master students work together with the goal to design and prototype an innovative product to disrupt a specific market. (www.pipleuven.be)
Summer Volunteer ’Bouworde’, South Africa
2015 - 2016
Building two ateliers for the ‘Khomani San’ Bushmen ‘Athens exchange program’, Politecnico di Milano
2015 - 2016
Weak experiment: Landscape strategies for shrinking cities ‘Athens exchange program’, Politecnico di Milano Redefining the Modern Architectural Heritage
2016 - 2017
PUBL I C AT I ON & ACKN OLE D G M E NTS
Publication A+ Magazine edition +268, ‘The Missing Middle’
‘The Missing Middle, Toronto’ Honourable mention, Competition Existenz
‘I’m a monument’, Leuven Publication by ‘Projectkolenspoor’
‘Hot-Spot’, Limburg Publication by ‘World Landscape Architecture’
‘Hortus inversus’, Brussels Double Publication & interview by ‘KooZA/rch’
2016 & 2018
‘Thinking outside the blocks’, Barcelona & ‘The Missing Middle’, Toronto Selected Venice international art festival - ‘Out of borders’
‘Thinking outside the blocks’, Barcelona Published ‘Future Architecture Platform’ + Mention on Architizer
‘Thinking outside the blocks’, Barcelona Exposition ‘open atelier’ Arenbergkasteel, Leuven
Selection of the projects chosen by the department of architecture. Lecture @ STUK, Leuven (Best overall project)
Presentation ‘Thinking outside the blocks’, Barcelona. Lecture @ STUK, Leuven (Best overall project)
Presentation ‘Plan Canal’, Brussels Exposition culture center ‘de Kruisboog’, Tienen
Selection of best designs: ‘Tectonic shelter’ & ‘School of balance’ Digital publication KU Leuven & City of Leuven (Best overall project) 2013 Selection of the best designs: ‘Alternative forms a corner house.’
Native or bilingual proficiency
Professional working proficiency
Limited working proficiency
Photoshop, Ilustrator, Indesign, Sketch Up, Autocad, Vray, Rhinoceros
Archicad, Vectorworks, Cinema 4D
Grasshopper, Unity, QGIS, 3D Printing, Revit
HORTUS INVERSUS BRUSSELS
Spring 2016, academic
THE MISSING MIDDLE TORONTO
Thesis project 2016-2017, academic
‘THINKING OUTSIDE DE BLOCKS’ BARCELONA
Fall 2015, academic
Fall 2016, academic
PLAN CANAL MOLENBEEK
Spring 2014, academic
SCHOOL OF BALANCE TIENEN
Spring 2014, academic
TECTONIC SHELTER TIENEN
Fall 2013, academic
HOUSE OF RHYTHM LEUVEN
Spring 2013, academic
BOGDAN & VAN BROECK BRUSSELS
Summer 2015, summer internship
Year 2015-2016, organisation
‘HORTUS INVERSUS’ BRUSSELS Spring 2016, academic Collective - Jaron Vanooteghem, Joachim Mertens, Emiel Swinnen
Nowadays, the 700 meter long esplanade in front of the European Parliament, is more of a non-space. The square seems to be searching for an identity it never had, due to the lack of interaction with the built environment. The open space does not cause this problem, but the neglecting boundaries do. A massive barrier of blind facades clad with dark stones, followed by reflecting glass fronts, reject every possible interaction between the offices. As a reaction we wanted to activate this non-space by defining new borders with inaccessible urban nature or better called a 'Hortus Inversus'.
~ hor•tus con•clu•sus (noun; m) 1. enclosed garden, often seen in medieval abbeys 2. a harmonious and orderly planted space for contemplation and introspection
~ hor•tus in•versus (noun; m) 1. enclosed emptiness, flanked by unconstrained nature 2. a twisted typology, used to stress the importance of the natural landscape of a place
Reducing public space
Creating inaccessible part
SECTION THROUGH TIME INTERVENTION AS AN UNCONTROLLED STAGE A: KICKSTART
STAGE B: GROWTH
STAGE C: SELF-SUFFICIENCY
STAGE D: WILDERNESS
HORTUS INVERSUS ACTIVATING A NON-SPACE BY DEFINING NEW BORDERS EXISTING OF INACCESSIBLE URBAN NATURE The intervention arises from a dualistic movement. As the central part remains open, the border gets redefined which creates an inaccessible space. A white wall artificially separates both worlds: it embodies the contrast between landscape and public space. This radical fracture prevents any human interference, therefore native fauna and flora can flourish untouched. This allows nature to take its course, where, in contradiction to the accessible space, the process is more important than the final project.
Grand place Esplanade
ESPLANADE AS PART OF THE (LOST) MAALBEEKVALLEY APPROACH TO RECONNECT THE GREEN ECOSYSTEM IN BRUSSELS Within the framework of Brussels 2040, 'Bureau Bas Smets' searched for the interrelations within the landscape, in order to conclude that over the past decades a balance got lost. Valleys, rivers and nature seem to be chaotic and fragmented. Brussels has to start reading its own original landscape and its corresponding topography, hydrology and characteristic vegetation. The esplanade plays a big part in this story due to its unique location within the Maalbeekvalley. The hortus inversus can work exemplary: while proving the lost nature is worth restoring, it can also strengthen the natural landscape in the metropolitan area of Brussels in the future.
DETAIL SECTION WALKWAY SCALE 1:50
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Grass Natural ground Gravel Filter Drainage system PE-foil Lean concrete Leveling layer Existing substrate
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HALFWAY Concrete beam Gravel Filter Drainage system PE-foil Lean concrete Leveling layer Existing substrate
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THE MISSING MIDDLE TORONTO Thesis project 2016-2017, academic
Toronto’s post-war suburban expansion has lead to a car-based urbanity that consists of two extremes in terms of density: the mono functional high-rise apartments and the unsustainable single family housing. “The Missing Middle*” is a term that refers to the absence of an in-between scale in Toronto, a missing scale, when countered well, believed to be the key to strengthen its under-built avenues. After “the great inversion”, a period where the industry started leaving Toronto, the white middle class society got replaced by a poorer multicultural society, that are more reliable on public transport. This is one of the reasons that Toronto made a multi-billion investment in an LRT system along its avenues, in order to improve the poor transport-network and intensify the sub-urban fabric. These investments also induces new transit-oriented development to anticipate the expected demographic growth. This is envisioned by the city as profitable, rather oversized mid-rise buildings that further highlighted the separation between the avenues and the suburbs. This graduation project proposes to counter this mid-rise strip approach with a housing strategy that envisions this transit investment as a unique opportunity to rethink the suburban tissue towards a post-sub-urbanity. An urbanity that wants to evolve towards denser, more affordable and more resilient suburbs, using local post-industrial plots (like the Golden mile), which will act as a catalyst to revitalize the suburban landscape. This urban strategy will be demonstrated through a design proposal on a site suffering from profit development pressure, situated on Eglinton Avenue. The project/process rethinks the over-sized midrise envelope, releasing pressure by spreading the density with a certain porosity scaling down towards the residential fabric. Not only the urban form, but also the architecture of the facades tries to define this transition. It becomes a very dense interplay amongst compact, yet adaptable typologies, in order to find the true limits of a stronger and more affordable housing community.
Trees Parks Hydro-corridor Railways Ravines
Landscape Tissue / 1:10000
Milwaukee 599,164 inh 600,000 inh (est. 2030) 1,76 City Name Estimate inhabitants Estimate inhabitants in 2030 Housing prices/Average household income
Chicago 2,720,546 inh 2,500,000 inh (est. 2030) 3,55
Toledo 282,313 inh 300,000 inh (est. 2030) 1,57 Detroit 677,116 inh 700,000 inh (est. 2030) 1,24
Hamilton 519, 850 inh 660,000 inh (est. 2030) 5,2
Ottowa 883,391 inh 1,136,000 inh (est. 2030) 3,5
Toronto 2,615,000 inh 3,300,000 inh (est. 2030) 8,2
Floor plan +1 / 1:500 0m
Facade study / 1:50 21
Name Number of typologies Bedrooms
â€˜Standard simplexâ€™ 14 dwellings 1 - 2 bedrooms
2 - 3 persons
55 m2 + 10 m2
1 -3 dwellings
1 or 2 bedrooms
1 -3 bedrooms
2 - 3 persons
2 -4 persons
55 m2 + 10 m2
55 m2 or 105 m2
“Transition” Shift in color, tectonics and scale
“Exodus” ‘Lets leave this suburban bubble!’
â€˜THINKING OUTSIDE THE BLOCKSâ€™ BARCELONA Fall 2015, academic Collective - Jaron Vanooteghem, Joachim Mertens, Emiel Swinnen
El Poblenou used to be one of the most productive and economic hotspots of Barcelona, but over the last 50 years it has undergone a lot deterioration. Recently gentrification has taken over the area. The challenge of our strategy shapes the resistance against these profit based tendencies. We tried to do this by focusing on local small-scale development, circular experiments and reclaiming the historic identity of an urban tissue. Poblenou contains a disobedient anomaly in the Cerda-grid that survived through time. This tilted figure is the supporting backbone of our urban strategy. We aim to highlight the historic tilted grid as an expression of the historic city and the local inhabitants. The resilience of this tissue deserves a chance to survive and to be a surplus for the whole neighborhood. The new Superilles-plan (merging of multilple Cerda-grid blocks) can serve as a catalyst to unlock the potential energy of this stratification, and to make it resistant to external tendencies like 22@. This can be fulfilled at two levels. Creating statements by doing the exact opposite of Cerda by superimposing the tilted grid back on the Cerda-grid in strategic places. Besides that, interventions should be designed to define the new vacant space, that emerges by shifting mobility to big axes. In this way the historic tissue becomes more armed, more resistant and impossible to neglect in the future.
FRAMEWORK SPACE AND TIME AS ONE UNDERSTANDING An urban transformation is executed in different stages in time. We want to emphasize that projects wonâ€™t be developed instantly. Our strategy keeps a goal in mind, where every step takes the project closer to its destination. The transformation of a city is an infinite process without a well- defined start or end. Each project aims to react on whatâ€™s needed with time as a parameter. Interventions should be able to interact with each other and adapt to new influences. The completion of one phase can serve as a catalyst for a new one.
HOUSING MAKING A STATEMENT A large vacant space can be found in the heart of El Poblenou which reveils remaining scars from the forgotten tilted grid. The development group 22@ has plans to erase the remaining historic grid with profitable highrise buildings. This former tilted passage used to act as one of the main arteries towards the Gloriès-square. In this project we aim to revive this urban form and strengthen it for the future. With the implementation of the Superilles-plan, the adjacent street won’t be used by traffic anymore, allowing us to impose the tilted grid upon Cerda’s. Inspired by parts of the remaining building wall, we define a wall as the catalyst for further development. By doing this we not only close the Cerda street, but also mark the passage as a gateway between the recycle facility and labourschool. The wall indicates a barrier as a sign of resistance that forbids the development of 22@ to trespass.
EDUCATION A PERSPECTIVE FOR THE FUTURE Barcelona has an unemployment rate of more then 20% and even 40% for youngsters. In El Poblenou these numbers are even higher, desperately asking for a solution. Projects of 22@ are nevertheless offering jobs, but are often too techno-centered, attracting external well-educated people. As a reaction we propose a project which offers a place were people can learn crafts like woodworking, mechanics, welding and more. Here for an abandoned warehouse is reclaimed. The Labourschool is a hidden organism inside an outwards facing block only accessible through small passageways. Moreover the parcels are leftovers from the old industrial tilted grid. At first we will open up an old passage formally used as an hangar to restore this former connection. A large set of stairs is put in together with some open spaces cutting through the different levels, and connecting the school as a whole. The sounds of welding at ground level will be heard in the woodshed on the third level.
PRODUCTION URBAN FORESTATION PROCESS Pere IV, historically the most important axis, is threatened to lose its meaning. With the arrival of the â€˜Superillesâ€™ plan, the mobility function will be shifted into new traffic axes. Instead of trying to fill up this vacancy with functions and structure, we plan on foresting this vacancy. The forestation system accumulates and transforms vacant property as well as under-used infrastructure into an adaptive and productive urban forest. This continued green spine will mark the tilted Pere IV as a sign of resistance. The process will be empowered by multiple projects situated in reclaimed tilted buildings and warehouses. It can be a local process providing leisure and work for the people. The project obtains value through time as the process is continuous and not everything will happen suddenly. There are three types of forestation: production, spontaneous and cultivation forestation.
HOT-SPOT LIMBURG Fall 2016, academic Collective - Emiel Swinnen
Within the objectives to drastically reduce CO2 emissions by 2050, we explored what the role of architecture and landscape could be in an unavoidable energy transition. We choose to work with deep geothermal energy, since this has the potential to provide the whole Limburg (Belgium) mine-region sustainable energy. The purpose of our pavilion is to make this quite unknown energy source familiar to the people. For this reason we designed a seasonal bound pavilion, acting as a spa in winter and a hot balloon deck in summer, attracting locals and tourists. This pavilion strengthens the former coal track, which in turn connects other recreational activities. Where the mine shafts were the symbol for energy and production in the 20th century, we believe that our geothermal balloon could become the symbol for sustainable energy in the 21st century.
WINTER TO SUMMER A SEASONAL PAVILION REVIVING THE EXPLOITED LANDSCAPE A seasonal bound pavilion acting as a spa in winter and hot balloon deck in summer, attracting locals and tourists. Guests acquire a fascinating view over the reviving landscape which is sensed in the reflecting curved windows.
PLAN CANAL MOLENBEEK Spring 2015, academic Collective - Joachim Mertens
Today the canal behaves as a huge fracture in the urban fabric of Brussels. Not just at spatial level, but likewise at a socio-economical one. Our task was to design a masterplan of 150 dwellings on a rather small plot with at least a floor to parcel ratio above 2,5. Afterwards 40 of these dwellings were further designed into detail. There rules a high level of unemployment and the highest number of immigrants within the city of Brussels. Our masterplan has a social agenda and makes room for mixed typologies of living, large ateliers and a community center. We proposed a housing complex with a certain porosity and human scale, despite the required density. Blocks were arranged and stacked in such a way that 3 communal gardens and one public passage was created. Hereby a ‘city in a city’ appeared, where the collective environment acquired a whole new meaning.
Bike ‘fast lane’ to train station of Brussels
Green pedestrian zone next to the canal
Housing project existing of 150 dwellings
Reclaiming underutilized buildings
AREA Housing project extents over 10 929m2.
CONTEXT An intimate passage emerges towards the metro.
BOUNDARY Dense housing project adapting to context.
VOID Starting with the need of public space.
PURIFY Refining the volume.
TYPOLOGIES Emerging of four housing typologies.
Duplex with wintergarden
Collective roof garden
“Ship In Sight”
A view into the ‘Schipstraat’, that extends towards the canal 45
Residents enjoying the snow in a collective square
SCHOOL OF BALANCE TIENEN Spring 2014, academic
The ‘Kazernesite’ in Tienen is an undefined space, located in the center of the city. It doesn’t offer any quality or interesting use of space to the surrounding neighborhood. With the reconversion of an historic barn and the construction of a new arts academy, the city desires a third complex that focuses on dance, concerts and education. The main idea is to define a consistent site by canceling anomalies and literally connecting the urban fabric. This is achieved by connecting the educational part of the new dance school with the existing art academy and adding theaters as an extension to the existing concert hall. This creates a confined circulation, where dance becomes the center of attention. The building is established of a a-tectonic floating volume that rests on two tectonic bearing volumes.
SPACE Converging flows & public space with two tectonic volumes.
TECTONICS Atectonic volume that rests on two tectonic volumes.
CONTINUITY Dance school becomes an extension of the existing fabric.
The café is characterized by movement and dance
MODEL EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING Handmade model on scale 1:200 containing several types of cardboard and wood.
TECTONIC SHELTER TIENEN Fall 2013, academic Collective - Jaron Vanooteghem, Joachim Mertens, Emiel Swinnen
This project started with no context, which lead to focusing on the actual design of a space. We were allowed to define our own parameters. Therefore we chose to not interpret this space as a closed setting, but as a sheltered condenser where everybody feels welcome at any time. The structure that provided shelter was created by slicing a random polygon in the landscape and by folding it into three pieces. This structure covers two multi-functional squares, separated by a relief of stairs. The larger square offers a place for receptions, events and parties. The second one that is positioned lower serves as a place for small performances and acts.
MEETING PLACE Random surface serving 300 visitors.
PUSH & PULL Pushing the surface that works as a shelter.
STRUCTURE Optimizing the shelter structure.
INVITATION Opening the public space as invitation.
SECTION A longitudinal and transversal section.
MODEL FUNCTION FOLLOWS FORM Model on scale 1:50 is entirely made of 3mm MDF using the techniques of laser-cutting.
HOUSE OF RHYTHM LEUVEN Summer 2013, academic
A historical city as â€˜Leuvenâ€™ consists of a radial street-network. The place where these streets encounter is articulated by various of flows and movement. Hereford some questions appear. Can/should a corner house provide a peaceful and intimate way of living in a city? The corner house is embedded in the context thanks to fluent adjustment of the roof where it connects a flat roof with a saddle roof. The zinc materiality works with seams which provides a certain rhythm that articulates the movement of the city. The living space is connected to the kitchen and the terrace, which offers transcendental light.
SITE Extracting volume
ENTRANCE Defining entrance
CORNER Redefining corner
LINE Reshaping towards context
IRREGULARITY Adjusting to the saddle roof
BITE Creating a roof terrace
RHYTHM Created rhythm by seams of sink
“Rythm of Life”
The perspectives showing everyday situations
MODEL TEXTURED WITH RHYTHM The model on scale 1:50 is handmade with paper, poly-foam and cardboard.
BOGDAN & VAN BROECK BRUSSELS Summer 2016, Summer internship
During my internship last summer at Bogdan & Van Broeck I was honored to work on two projects. The first one was an open competition of for 157 private and social dwellings in Brussels, called Renoir. The site, pinched between the Brussels cemetery and a residential park, is part of a larger ecosystem that could be described as insular. Without being isolated, this larger milieu is encircled by four major arteries. Compared to other green areas in Brussels, this insular environment appears to be one of the largest figures of the city, and therefore raises the question of how to inhabit the larger park of Brussels. The project aims to minimise its own footprint, in order to preserve the specific qualities of the existing biotope. Acting as bookends, two narrow and high edifices bound to their generous esplanades take place on both sides of the site in order to take advantage of the existing infrastructure. As similar but different twins, they enclose and protect a giant garden, preserving space for appropriation. The second project called â€˜Washingtonâ€™, I was involved in during the initial phase of the design. This was a private housing project of 40 dwellings with the goal to densify a housing block in the center of Brussels.
Copyright: Bogdan & Van Broeck
Copyright: Bogdan & Van Broeck
Copyright: Bogdan & Van Broeck
EXISTENZ LEUVEN 2015-2016, Organisation Collective - 20 fellow students
Existenz is an organization managed by a group of master architecture students at the university of KU Leuven. Existenz aims to be a platform were architecture can be inviting and accessible to everyone. The name is a reference to the ‘Existenzminimum’ dwellings of modernism, where maximum functionality was achieved with a minimum of resources. The Existenzteam endeavors the same concept, where it wants to obtain the maximum of quality with a minimum of resources. Various activities touching architecture are organized to develop a different perspective and experience. But Existenz is more than just architecture, it is a ‘way of life’, a playground to let creativity flow in all aspects. It is an invitation to other disciplines to stimulate an enriching interaction between art and architecture. After more than 2 decades, Existenz has become a household name in Belgium, thanks to the legendary Bauhouse-parties, the‘Cafés’, international lectures and its various publications.
EXISTENZ-WEEK A WEEK WHERE EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE The highlight of Existenz is the annual project week. During this week, everyone is invited to come to a unique location. This is usually an abandoned building that is restored in an uncommon way. All sorts of activities related to architecture are organized where both architecture and non-architecture students can enjoy themselves in several creative workshops and participate at interesting lectures. The existenzweek week is also about creating an environment where everyone wants to be continuously present, a place where one can work, relax or simply do nothing.
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