Post-conference tours


Art Nouveau & Garden Suburbs
[organizers: Francis Strauven & Dirk De Meyer]
Tour by bus departing from – and returning to the Palace of Academies (8.30 – 18.00)
Maximum number of participants: 30

Programme of the Tour:
Maison Autrique, Victor Horta (1893) – interior visit
Hotel Van Eetvelde, Victor Horta (1898) – interior visit
Maison Saint Cyr, Gustave Strauven (1900)
Palais Stoclet, Joseph Hoffmann (1904-11)
Le Logis and Floréal garden cities,Louis Van Der Swaelmen & Jean Eggerickx (1922 -)

Walk in Watermaal-Bosvoorde and picknick lunch

Maison Wolfers, Henry Van de Velde (1929)
Maison Dotremont, Louis Herman De Koninck (1932) – interior visit
Hotel Max Hallet, Victor Horta (1904)
Hotel Solvay, Victor Horta (1894)
Maison Tassel, Victor Horta (1893)
Maison Otlet, Octave Van Rysselberghe & Henry Van de Velde (1894) – interior visit
Maison and atelier Horta (now Horta Museum), Victor Horta (1900) – interior visit
Kindergarten Catteau, Victor Horta, (1897-1899) – interior visit



Renaat Braem 1910-2001 and Belgian Postwar Modernism
[organizers: Onroerend Erfgoed, Vlaamse Gemeenschap – Jozef Braeken & VAi/ CVAa – Ellen Van Impe]
Tour departing from Avenue des Citronniers/Citroenbomenlaan, 1020 Laken (10.00- 17.00)
Maximum number of participants: 25

Programme of the Tour:
Modelwijk/Cité Modèle – guided tour by Karina Van Herck

To Antwerp by bus
Kindergarden, Renaat Braem (1963) – guided tour by Jo Braeken
Picknick Lunch at Sint-Jansplein
House Renaat Braem, Renaat Braem (1955) – guided tour by Jo Braeken
Kiel Apartments, Renaat Braem (1951-1958) – guided tour Antwerpen Averechts
To Brussels by bus



Dom Hans van der Laan: his Works and Influence in Belgium
[organizers: Caroline Voet & Sven Sterken]
Tour by bus departing from – and returning to the Palace of Academies (9.30 – 17.30)
Maximum number of participants: 25

The Dutch architect and monk Dom Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) is known for his architectural philosophy, published in 1977 as ‘Architectonic Space’. He regards his four main realisations, all convents, as ‘specimen’, testing grounds’ for the development of his design methodology based on his own proportion system: the ‘Plastic Number’. Van der Laan’s ‘minimalist’ architecture, deriving from its careful attention to materials and the articulation of building components, has been influential throughout the world, not in the least in Belgium. This tour proposes to visit the only two buildings built by Van der Laan in Belgium as well as a few projects that were influenced by his ideas.

Programme of the Tour:
Abdij Roosenberg, Dom Hans van der Laan (1972-1975) – guided tour by Caroline Voet
Klooster van de Mariazusters van Franciscus, Dom Han van der Laan (1981-1985) – short visit
Crematorium Heimolen, Claus & Kaan Architecten (2008) – exterior visit
Picknick Lunch
Private house Marie-José Van Hee, Marie-José Van Hee (1993) – guided tour by Marc Dubois



The historical heart of Liège
[organizers : Bernard Kormoss, Claudine Houbart & Paul Hautecler, ULG, Faculté d’Architecture]
Tour by train and on foot, departing from – and returning to Brussels Central Station (9.00 – 19.00)
Maximum number of participants: 30

Programme of the Tour:
Guillemins Station, Santiago Calatrava (1997-2009)
Palace of the Prince Bishops (16th-18th century) – guided tour by Paul Hautecler (to be confirmed)
Sainte-Croix Church (13th – 15th century)- guided tour by Mathieu Piavaux
Lunch at the restaurant As Ouhès
Walking tour of Hors-Château Street with 18th century hôtels de maître and renovation of the Cour Saint-Antoine by Charles Vandenhove (1979)
Saint-Barthélémy Church (11th-18th century) and its Baptismal Fonts (12th century) – guided tour by Paul Hautecler
Grand Curtius Museum
Ansembourg Museum


Antwerp Tour 2012
[organizesr: Piet Lombaerde & Els De Vos]
Tour by bus departing from – and returning to the Palace of Academies (9.00 – 18.30)
Maximum number of participants: 25

Programme of the Tour:
Cathedral of Our Lady – interior visit, guided tour by Ria Fabri
City hall of Antwerp  – interior visit, guided tour by Annemie De Vos
MAS Museum, Neutelings- Riedijk architects (2010) – interior visit
Lunch (own initiative) at the grand café or in the surroundings of the so-called Islet (‘t Eilandje)
Fin-de-siècle quarter of the ‘Cogels-Osylei’ – short walk
Maison Guiette, Le Corbusier (1926) – exterior visit
De Singel, Léon Stynen, Stéphane Beel & Lieven Achtergael architects – guided tour by Antwerpen Averechts 
‘Tentoonstellingswijk’ , Léon Stynen, Eduard Van Steenbergen,  Paul Smekens, … – guided tour by Tijl  Eyckerman, Els Spitaels and Pieter Brosens



Kortrijk/Courtrais Tour 2012
[organizer: Designregio Kortrijk vzw – Marc Dubois]
Trip to Kortrijk by train, departing from the Brussels’ Central Station (train departing at 8.36)
In Kortrijk, the tour continues by bus; return trip to Brussels by bus
Maximum number of participants: 25

The city of Kortrijk, which is located in between Ghent and the French city of Lille, possesses an interesting history and fascinating patrimony. Two sights of the city are on the UNESCO list of world heritage: the belfry and the beguinage. Both sights are located in the historical city center, close to the recently renovated central market place, a design from the Italian architect professor Bernardo Secchi.
The river Leie flows through the city, and it brought the city great wealth during the industry of flax and damask. In the year 2012, the river connects the harbor of Antwerp with France. To allow bigger ships on the river, she had to become more broad and deep. One of the results was the construction of seven new bridges by leading engineers.
The city profiles itself as the city of design and architecture, a city where important Belgian and international architects are offered the chance to build interesting works: Stéphane Beel, Robbrecht & Daem Architecten, Office Kersten Geers & David Van Severen, Bart Lens, noA Architecten, Vincent Van Duysen and many more. The new shopping mall in the historical city center, designed by Robbrecht & Daem Architects, is a nice example of an integrated project that combines commercial spaces with housing, giving the heart of the city some new oxygen.
The cemetery of Bernardo Secchi has received international appreciation. The crematory, that was only recently put into use, was designed by the Pritzker price winner of 2011 Eduardo Souto de Moura from Portugal. This is also a work that expresses the ambition of a province town with 70.000 inhabitants, to invest in qualitative contemporary architecture. 

Programme of the Tour:
City hall – urban strategy lecture by Mathieu Desmet
City Center of Kortrijk with historical buildings
Shopping center K, Robbrecht & Daem architects
New bridges in Kortrijk
University building, Stéphane Beel
Cemetery, Bernardo Secchi
Crematorium, Eduardo Souto Moura



The Great War Centenary Tour
[Organizer: Province of West-Flanders – Bern Paret & Emmely Boudry]
Tour by bus departing from – and returning to the Palace of Academies (8.30 – 18.00)
Maximum number of participants: 25

Programme of the Tour:
Town Hall Ieper
Flanders Field Museum, NoA-architecten
Lunch at café Au Nouveau St.-Eloi
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Soldatenfriedhof Langemarck, Govaert & Vanhoutte
Tyne Cot cemetery Zonnebeke


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