A first prize win for Londerzeel Library

We recently won a competition for a new transformation of a fire station into a library in Londerzeel!

The current fire station is a landmark building on Brandweerplein in Londerzeel, its history and existence play an important role in the identity of the place. The fire station is no longer sufficient and will move to the new site. The current barracks will then be vacant and will receive a new sustainable facility with the library and other facilities. It has become apparent that the destination, a cultural and social anchor point in this location, has interesting spin-off possibilities, powerful meaning for Londerzeel.

View the project here

Call innovative projects

Firstly, a happy new year from everyone here at Woonwerk!

We received the fantastic news that 3 of our projects received a considerable amount of subsidies for the ‘Call innovative projects’ (Oproep innovatieve projecten) of Wonen in Vlaanderen for Housing Corporations KANVAZ woonmaatschappij en Goed Wonen Rupelstreek. This means that we can continue our research into more sustainable and affordable housing. These subsidies will cover the extra building cost of the sustainable interventions and the use of biobased materials in the projects. We are very excited that with this support we will be able to realize our sustainable ambitions!!

Woonwerk Rotterdam moves to our new office

We are very happy to announce that we have officially moved in and set up at our new office in the Schiehavenkade of Rotterdam!

We are enjoying the fresh start and look forward to welcoming you here soon!

Extension of the Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar

Woonwerk will realise an extension of a national monument of the Rijnlands Lyceum.

The Rijnlands Lyceum in Wassenaar is a secondary school for havo/vwo, with an international department. The school is located in a special green estate environment with a rich history and is largely housed in a historic national monument. A new wing was designed together with @faam_architects to house the International School.

Take a further look at the project

Woonwerk Office trip 2023

Last week we had the annual office trip! Woonwerk visited 5 of our project construction sites all over Belgium.

It is always great to get the Rotterdam and Antwerp offices together and see how far our projects have come!

Opening of Ubuntuplein in Zutphen

Last week Evelien van VeenHabionHeijmansGemeente ZutphenHoekstra Makelaardij | Bedrijfsmakelaars | Vastgoedbeheer and the Bewonerscoöperatie Ubuntuplein Zutphen celebrated the opening of of the completed Ubuntplein in Zutphen. Thanks to all partners for the success of this project.

Take a closer look at Ubuntplein

Photos by Maarten Zeehandelaar

de Architect discussed the future of elderly housing with Evelien van Veen

Evelien van Veen discussed her approach to elderly housing with de Architect NL. Focusing on two projects Ubuntuplein and Hof van Zutphen and their use of courtyard typologies to reimagine eldery living for the future.

Learn more in the article

Our first prize in Rumst featured in Architectura.be

Thanks to Architectura.be for featuring our first prize win in Rumst!

Read the article here

Evelien van Veen was a guest on the podcast “Geclustered Living” for Platform31

Recently, Evelien van Veen was a guest in a podcast for Platform31 called ‘Geclustered Living’. The focus of the podcast was to discuss future-proof living for the elderly and how clustered forms of housing can be built more efficiently. Of the 900,000 new-build homes, the cabinet reserves about 300,000 for the elderly. How do our elderly want to live and what are their needs?

Evelien had this discussion along with podcast host Dore van Duivenbode, Michel Pott (project manager Talis housing association) and Sander Oosterhuis (advisor housing and care for municipality of Zwolle). Authors Annette Duivenvoorden and Susan van Klaveren of Platform31. Location Aaron residential care complex, Lent.

You can listen to the podcast here

Five questions with Woonwerk Architecten in de Architect

Woonwerk has been featured in an interview for de Architect where we answered 5 questions over our approach and philosophy as an office. Take a look to learn more about our new perspective.

Site Serneels article in Het Laatste Nieuws

Our project Site Serneels was featured in an article ‘Grootste financiële project in onze geschiedenis’ (The largest financial project in our history) from the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws!

Site Serneels has now started construction with the ceremonial placing of the first column in Herenthout.

At the request of the Municipality of Herenthout to construct a new building for the technical department and the fire station and red cross on an old industrial site, Woonwerk made a proposal to create a small industry terrain by cleverly dealing with the layout of the site.  The fire station and red cross is placed against the technical department and follows the line so that it also connects to the building line with an equivalent concrete façade. Together with the public space, both buildings form a beautiful whole.

More about the project Serneels
Read the article here

Evelien van Veen gave a lecture in Venice ”We do care”

Recently Evelien van Veen gave a lecture at a conference in Venice called “We do care. Architecture and design for the elderly and for people with disabilities. A confrontation between Dutch and Italian contexts.” This conference was hosted by the Università Iuav di Venezia.

The purpose of the conference is a confrontation between the Netherlands and Italian realities on the issues of architectural design, open spaces and design for the elderly and people with disabilities, one of the most important topics in the current socio-cultural scenario of the European Union.

Evelien gave her lecture, “Forever young?’’ along with many other interesting speakers such as Chris Van Langen (Creative industries fund NL), Marjo Alers (‘s Heeren Loo), Caro van Dijk (oostwest) and Femke Feenstra (Gortemaker Algra Feenstra). From the Italian context the speakers included Silvano Pangerc (I.S.R.A.A.), Monica Botta (Studio Monica Botta), Francesca Camerin (Università Iuav di Venezia), Michela De Poli and Adriano Marangon (MADE Associati) and finally Rosaria Revellini (Università Iuav di Venezia).

These speeches will also be compiled into a publication, which we look forward to sharing.

Architectura.be made an announcement of the new office name Woonwerk Architecten

Thanks architectura.be for helping us let our friends, colleagues and clients in Belgium know we changed the name of the office into Woonwerk Architecten. See the article here

Another first prize win

We recently won a new housing competition in Boom!

SHM Goed Wonen Rupelstreek wants to realize a contemporary housing project by replacing the existing apartments with new contemporary comfortable homes. Given the specificities of the location, the focus is on the quality of the own living and outdoor space in combination with optimal integration into the context and the specific situation of Braem’s master plan.

Take a look at the project here

Opening of the Ubuntuplein in Noorderhaven

In May there will be the opening of our project Ubuntuplein in Noorderhaven! This will include all residents, alderman Jasper Bloem, Habion, Vastgoed Zorgsector and Heijmans Vastgoed & Woningbouw Amersfoort.

You can take a look at the project here

Building application sumbitted for the Oostvaarders extension!

We have recently submitted the building application for the extension of our existing project Oostvaarders Nature experience centre in Almere. Construction is expected to start after the summer!

First prize for Design and build competition!

We recently won a design and build competition in Limburg! This will lead to the realization of compact apartment buildings that consist of four different affordable apartment types that can be linked together and together form one entity.

The idea is to build for everyone, so the apartment types must be designed compactly and cost-consciously. Which apartment types are used is free to fill in as long as each type is used at least once. The strength of these housing types lies in their simplicity. The width of each unit has been carefully determined so that a combination of different types can be easily made within the system. Depending on the orientation and specific preconditions of the site, the position of the circulation zone and access can be located at the front or rear of the building. The presence of the gallery and its position ensures an expressive image for the building.

Wendakker courtyard featured by Wienerberger Nederland

Our Wendakker Courtyard project was featured by Wienerberger Nederland for its use of facade bricks that contribute to a healthy living environment! 

In the innovative residential care concept for Wendakker Coutyard in Heerde, the architecture and the choice of specific facing bricks are in line with the care offered. 

You can read further here

Bree Dreeveld competition

We recently participated in a masterplan competition in Bree, Belgium. The project consisted of 63, three bedroom homes in a diverse masterplan.

The new residential environment must contribute to the development of a qualitative and active public space. The active use of that public space as an extension of it the living environment of the residents and encouraging walking and bicycles are included in the plan. The project must fit in nicely with the qualities in the area. The openness, light and air at the location are unique. Those qualities still offer added value to the living environment. In our plan we want to safeguard those qualities for the future residents and neighbours.

The proposal offers a residential environment with owner-occupied homes for one target group with a limited income with ample attention has been devoted to the development of qualitative and sustainable homes in a green living environment. In the extension of the district on the east side is a playground and small recreation area fits in nicely with the green ambition within the plan.

Upfield R&D in Archello

Our project Upfield R&D has been featured by the architectural platform Archello!

Take a look on their below to see what products and manufacturers were utilised in the design.



Construction has begun on KOP in Deventer

Construction has now started for our KOP housing project in Deventer!

KOP is an expressive residential building situated in the creative harbor district of Deventer. The area has a rough industrial atmosphere, and is home to artists, entrepreneurs and eccentric self-build projects. The KOP (HEAD) building, signals the start of the harbor district when arriving from the center of Deventer. The building is thus designed to reflect the district: lively, tough and eccentric.

We won first prize in Rumst!

We recently won a housing competition in Rumst!

SHM Goed Wonen Rupelstreek wants to realize a contemporary housing project by replacing the existing apartments with new contemporary comfortable homes. In our proposal, 57 residential units will be realized divided into 2 residential fields and different housing types will be provided. 9 ground-level single-family homes with 3 bedrooms and a garden will be realized. These homes are located on the eastern side of the area, against the backyards of the neighbors. In this way, these 2-layer volumes beautifully shape the transition to the environment. The other 48 homes are apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms.

You can take a closer look here

The Attic in REARD

Our project Upfield The Attic has been featured in an article on the Chinese media platform REARD who are focused on building interactive communication among global designers. They are committed to the implementation and practice of more innovative designs and constantly exploring new trends in future urban development.

Take a look at the article here: http://www.renewal-zone.com/index.php/Projects/details/id/171

Tower competition in Vilnius

We recently participated in a competition for a tower in Vilnius.

The aim of the project is to realize high quality housing and comfortable working spaces where the wellbeing of the dwellers and users is the first goal. Secondly, the building itself will be a sustainable and iconic addition to the Vilnius skyline and the Urban Hill concept. The location in the heart of Vilnius’ business district is very special. The building sits in the middle of a large area that undergoes a huge transformation at the moment.

Take a look here

Kaunas lecture by Johan

Johan recently gave a lecture in Kaunas, Lithuania at the Kauno architektūros ir urbanistikos ekspertų taryba (Kaunas Council of Architecture and Urban Planning) on the subject of sustainable housing and healthy living.

A contemporary residential project in Burst

Woonwerk will realize a contemporary residential project in Burst located in the municipality of Erpe-Mere. It involves the transformation or replacement construction of several buildings in the core from the village. The challenge lies in the design of the new homes improving the interrelationship between the buildings, the architectural quality of the ensemble and take it with you of contemporary principles related to sustainability.

The Ministerie van Maak exhibition

The Ministerie van Maak exhibition ‘It’s About Time’ has finally come to an end, but now comes the time to reflect on our findings. Architectenweb has published an article containing the first conclusions of the initiators of Ministerie van Maak ZUS, MANN and IABR. JDWA proudly took part in the exhibition , we chose the site of Ijsselsprong in Deventer to propose our 10,000 homes which we know well from our many projects in the area.

New construction pictures of Bodenloods Foyer

Take look at the exciting new night photos of our Bodenloods Foyer project that is almost complete.

Woonwerk is looking for a new home!

Woonwwerk is expanding and looking for a new office to call home! We are searching for a space of around 200m2 in Rotterdam, let us know if you have any suggestions!

Woonwerk at the IABR 2022

Woonwerk had a blast at the 10th IABR last week. Did you already visit our model for 10,000 homes in Deventer? It was super interesting to see how the 100 practices approached the brief in such contrasting ways.

Opening Ministerie van Maak

About 6 weeks ago, the 101 Test Kit models of specific locations in the Netherlands were delivered to the selected design teams including Woonwerk Architecten. With deep knowledge of the various locations, landscapes, substrates and communities, teams of designers set to work to fit 10,000 homes each into the Test Kit. We chose the site of Deventer which we know well from our many projects in the area.

The whole of spatial solutions is brought together to form the largest Dutch model ever. The collective of spatial solutions will then be on display during the 10th edition of the architecture exhibition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam.

BRUZZ features our Elsene project in an article

BRUZZ details how the school designed as part of our Jardin des Moineaux project in Elsene will contribute to solving the lack of Dutch language schools in the area.

Heist-op-den-Berg now in construction

Our project Heist-op-den-Berg is now being built on the construction site!

Heist-op-den-Berg is a housing project combining 12 assisted living houses with several single bedroom apartments.

Want to know more? Lively in the street

The Schuurblok is now complete

Our housing project ‘The Schuurblok’ is now complete!

The ‘Schuurblok’ concept is based on maximum quality for both ‘your own home’ as well as for the public space.

Take a closer look at the design behind The Schuurblok

Bodenloods Foyer in construction

Construction has now started for our Bodenloods Foyer project in Deventer!

The Bodenloods was one of the first buildings in Deventers Havenkwartier that was transformed by JDWA to enable long term new use.

For more details on the project visit : Bodenloods Foyer

Roodhuisberg almost complete

Our project Roodhuisberg in Aarschot now almost complete on the construction site. The project consists of 12 social houses in two challenging plots, we had to pay special attention to typology and orientation when designing within these constraints. Now we can take a look back and compare the project from visualisation to realisation, which is really exciting to see.

First prize in Burst for the monastary garden

In a recent competition in the village of Burst, 2DVW designed two new small residential buildings and the transformation of an existing care home around a shared monastary garden. By orienting the building perpendicular to the existing street, the garden becomes an extension of the public space in the heart of the village providing a peacefull green space for its inhabitants.

2DVW will be designing the urban plan for a development in the Huveneerstraat

The future development of Huveneerstraat will be a very dense project, asking for a creative urban solution. 2DVW will soon start designing the urban plan for this site situated on the crossroads between urban and rural Flanders.

Our proposal for Glabbeek wins 1st prize

Happy to announce that our project in Glabbeek was selected the winner of a recent competition. On the narrow plot we managed to combine high quality social housing with a strip of collective green gardens giving all future residents acces to the garden and an opportunity to meet each other!

Evelien van Veen was featured in the theme newsletter of Zorgsaamwonen

Zorgsaamwonen has written a contribution about Evelien’s consultancy work on healthcare abroad.


Evelien was featured in the VG Vision summer edition special

Evelien Van Veen designs (healthcare) real estate that encourages encounters. CEO Evelien van Veen: ‘The elderly want to live with like-minded people, facilities within walking distance and plenty of greenery and buzz around them.’

Read the entire article here.

Third prize in Kolderbos

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) in collaboration with Posad Maxwan, VE-R and Simply Community worked on a master vision for the creation of a new center for Kolderbos acting as a source for a new social and spatial structure for the neighborhood.

Read more about this project at:
A new heart for the Kolderbos | JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architecten

Update on construction site, Jardin des Moineaux
Update on construction site in Brussel, Jardin des Moineaux is almost completed. On this site, we have been working on the realisation of affordable housing and integration of urban greenery.
Nominations ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards

Two of our projects are nominated in the Interior Architecture category, in the ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. And with your help it’s possible to make them finalists, perhaps even winners!

_Upfield Becelhuis
_Upfield The Attic

Start of construction of Hof van Zutphen

Construction has begun on our Hof van Zutphen project, take a look here.

Longlisted for a Dezeen award

Upfield office ‘the Attic’ has been longlisted in the large workspace interior category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Transformation of The Hamershof is completed

Transformation of 100 homes with public space and shops into energy-neutral homes.
This project will be officially opened on the 18th of September.

Update construction site Pollarewijk

The renewal plan for the Pollare district focuses next to the creation of typological diversity also on the perception of the area and the joy of living of its residents.

Upfield office ‘the Attic’ won Architizer Award

Our project: Upfield office ‘the Attic’ won the Architizer Popular Choice A + Award in the Office Interiors category (<25,000 m²).

Link to the Architizer website


Upfield office ‘The Attic’
In 2017 Unilever demerged the margarine- and spreads department which continued as an independent company named Upfield. The Nassaukade site had to be reorganized, JDWA transformed a large unused attic and empty floors of the adjacent villa into office spaces. This transformation creates an office space with characteristic qualities by merging the old and the new. To create a dynamic workspace JDWA challenged the standard office layout. The meeting rooms are designed as furniture pieces that create zones and the roof is partially replaced with glass offering light and a view over the river Maas.

Selected for “Kolderbos” in Genk

As a team we are selected for a competition in Belgium. For this competition we are going to develop a master vision and an urban design study for the district “Kolderbos” in Genk.We are looking forward to this collaboration with: 2DVW Architects (JDWA + RDVA), PosadMaxwan, VE-R and Simply Community.

First prize in Rumst

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) wins the competition for 37 new affordable homes in Rumst, BE. The new program is integrated in the context in an informal way while doubling the amount of public space in the existing street.

‘De Architect’ published an article about ‘Becelhuis’.
New pictures of Attic

Sonia Mangiapane took pictures of the new Upfield office in the attic on the Nassaukade in Rotterdam.

First prize in Gooreind

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) in collaboration with Atelier Ruimtelijk Advies wins the competition for the public space of a new housing development in Gooreind, BE.

Winning design: Dwarsstraat

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) wins competition in Belgium with a design for the Dwarsstraat. A design involving a qualitative and sustainable way of living.

Opening Upfield office

The redevelopment of the existing buildings will offer a contemporary office with all comfort and quality. The design translates the concept of new working environment tailored to the demand of the company. Instead of placing corridors and rooms, a mix of work units and landscape office spaces will enhance the interaction and flexibility for the users.

2DVW office tour
Residential area Ten Kouter ready

The assignment consisted the realization of 28 senior bungalows in Ten Kouter. Adding family homes creates a mix of homes for young and older people. The realized houses and the square create a future-proof living environment.

Final result Becelhuis

Photos made by: Sonia Mangiapane.

Hamershof public space under construction

The new public space must contribute to the renewed image of a pleasant, contemporary and comfortable shopping center where everyone is welcome.

New photos of the Leeuweric

Last weekend photographer Milena Villalba photographed our project: The Leeuweric.

Participation in ‘s-Gravenzande

Last Thursday the first workshop about the new Waelpolder residential environment took place. During an interactive evening in ‘s-Gravenzande, local residents and interested parties discussed about this topic, led by Johan de Wachter.

Upfield: The glass roof is installed

The intervention of the façade is mainly focused on the roof to bring more daylight to the interior space and provide a pleasant view towards the river Maas. In this way, the building will continue its life with a new character on top of the historical layers.

New construction site ‘t Ankerhofke

The realization of a new housing project in the center of Serskamp has come into full swing. After demolishing a few old buildings there is room for new homes for starters, seniors and families in the center of the community.

First prize in Zele
2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) won a competition in Zele!
With a design for apartments in a qualitative green environment, we searched for a balance between built-up and open space.
Upfield: update construction site

The factory building, located along the river Maas in Feyernoord, is transformed into a office space for Upfield. The building which was originally built around 1891 will be given a new life as a creative and dynamic work space. The project includes the attic and first floor of the main building as well as the three floors of the “Villa”. Both are situated above the production and logistics departments of the factory and also below the office building well-known as “De Brug”.

Opening Hofje Wendakker by Hugo de Jonge

Hofje Wendakker for Viattence is a project of 12 terraced houses for 96 elderly people with dementia in Heerde. Sleeping upstairs, living downstairs in a common court. Research shows that this way of living results in healthier residents. Viatence sees this reflected in a reduction in drug use. Hofje Wendakker was developed and built by Vitaal ZorgVast, Apollo Zorgvastgoed and BAM Wonen. Opened last week by Minister Hugo de Jonge. Photos were taken by Luuk Kramer. The vacated old buildings make way for other care homes which are being developed by VanWonen Vastgoedontwikkeling.

We are very proud of the result, look for more information and pictures on the project page.

School 7 has been voted the ‘Best Library in the World’!

School 7 in Den Helder has won the Public Library of the Year Award 2018. An international prize that rewards new and innovative libraries. School 7 was voted best out of 4 other libraries in the world. Last year the library was named the best in the Netherlands. In 2012, Van Veen Architecten and Marcel van der Veer (MARS interior architects) jointly won the European tender for the design of the library in Den Helder with an integrated plan. An important part was the reuse of the seventh municipal school from 1905, hence the name School 7.

” The jury is impressed with the way the Helderse library works with local partners and focuses on social sustainability. School 7 offers services to increase opportunities for all, this is reflected in the architecture and layout of the library. In addition, the fantastic location, the architecture of the building and the way in which the old school and the new library form a harmonious whole are praised . ”

Design School 7
Van Veen and Van der Veer have left intact the old structure of classrooms, corridors and toilets. The existing detailing has been preserved as much as possible and integrated into the new building. The outer facade of the old building has also been preserved in the new building and is visible through a large void. The corner of the old building has been broken open and a steel gold-coloured construction frames the perforation of the old facade. A monumental stairwell annex grandstand forms the heart of the building. The existing roof construction and roof boarding are visible and partly reinforced by a new construction. School 7 in Den Helder is the new home base of KopGroep Libraries, the Helderse Historical Association and the Helderse Volksuniversiteit. More information about the design can be found here.

Library in the 21st century
Never before has a Dutch library been nominated for this prize. According to the jury, School 7 is a good example of what a 21st century library should look like. The jury is impressed by the way in which the Helderse library collaborates with local partners and focuses on social sustainability. School 7 offers services to increase opportunities for all, this is reflected in the architecture and layout of the library. Also praised is the fantastic location, the architecture of the building and the way in which the old school and the new library form a harmonious whole.

Public Library of the Year
The Public Library of the Year Award 2018 is an international prize that rewards new and innovative libraries. The results were announced in Kuala Lumpur during the conference of The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Other nominees included Austin Central Library in the US, Villa-Lobos Park Library in Brazil, Deichman Biblo Toyen Public Library in Norway and Tampine Public Library in Singapore. KopGroep Libraries will receive a cash prize of five thousand dollars in addition to the Award. That amount will be spent on new children’s books for School 7 when they return home.

First prize in Antwerp

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) wins first price for the Antwerp project ‘Oudemansstraat’.

De Bosschen finished

Current images of the building site in Turnhout (BE) where our project ‘De Bosschen’ for De Ark has been finished

The construction works started in 2016. The plan of De Bosschen consists in 50 new houses around a new green public space: family houses in different typologies, group housing for people with special needs and a new public space that links the existing neighbourhoods and the city park.

‘Polderparel’ Under Construction

Current images of the building site in Oud-Turnhout (BE) where a lot of progress has been made on our project ‘de Polderparel’ for De Ark.

‘Polderparel’s’ footprint occupies the entire site: 18 Houses in one compact building. The rather simple outside of the building is completed with an exciting inner world where the common outside space and the entrances to the houses are located.

DECA on detail.de

Our project Deca Factory on the detail.de website!

In collaboration with Deca Packaging Group we designed a new headquarters that matches the innovative, future-oriented and ambitious character of this company. More information?

Won! School 7 is voted best library in the Netherlands!

The best library in the Netherlands is in Den Helder! This was announced on Tuesday during the National Library Congress. “School 7 is doing well on all counts according to the jury. the beautiful building and the good collection are used optimally by letting others benefit from it, by entering into cooperation with local partners. Initiatives are being developed and implemented and people are not quick to say no. The building holds several surprises.”

Some comments from the public:

  • “This library has beautiful architecture, a beautiful combination of old and new. A nice place to stay and the most beautiful living room in Den Helder! Deserves the award!”
  • “It is difficult to unite new with old in a building, but in Den Helder it worked so well. In Den Helder people grumble about everything. But everyone agrees about the new library: great!”
  • “As a resident of Den Helder, I am so very proud of our new library! Wonderfully light, nice warm and open decor. The seating areas everywhere are inviting. Beautiful meeting room. Special mix of old and new architecture… In short, everyone should come and enjoy this.”

As architects of School 7, we are proud that we have been able to contribute to winning this wonderful prize.



Interview with Evelien van veen in book 3RD4ALL by Aat Vos

Recently the book 3RD4ALLHow To Create a Relevant Public Space by architect and ‘creative guide’ Aat Vos published. The book deals with the question of how places such as culture houses, libraries, idea hubs, parks, start-up cafes and other indispensable public spaces, so-called ‘third places’, contribute to a vital society, now and in the future. In addition to well-known names such as Winy Maas (architect), Saskia Sassen (professor of sociology, Columbia University, New York, Joe Pine (author of The Experience Economy) and Sergio Dogliani (Idea Stores, London), Evelien van Veen was also interviewed. more about the concept behind the Oostvaarders and School 7, Den Helder library projects.

Voorhavenlaan in Gent

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) in collaboration with Studie10, wins competition Voorhavenlaan in Ghent. Our proposal for the housing project is about quality, tailored to the wishes of the residents and maximizing the benefits of port and water.

Winning design Roodhuisberg

2DVW (JDWA+RDVA) winning design for SHM Social Housing arro Leuven (SWaL) in Belgium. The project consists in the design and realization of 12 properties in a development which has already been partially implemented at present.

Villa Astrid almost finished

Current images of the building site in Turnhout (BE), where you can see our project Villa Astridlaan  (1st prize competition 2012, Collaboration 2DVW) almost completed.

Johan de Wachter at ‘REM’ movie’s première

On the 27th of April Johan de Wachter was at Architect at work (Kortrijk, Belgium) to give his contribution at the panel discussion on Rem Koolhaas and the architectural approach and innovation he experienced in collaborating with the founder of OMA.


Nomination DECA Factory Construction Acier

Last year our project DECA Factory Packaging Group has been nominated again. This time for Concours Construction Acier 2016, the annual prize of Infosteel.


De Bosschen Under Construction

Current images of the building site in Turnhout (BE) where a lot of progress has been made on our project ‘De Bosschen’ for De Ark.

The construction works started in 2016. The plan of De Bosschen consists in 50 new houses around a new green public space: family houses in different typologies, group housing for people with special needs and a new public space that links the existing neighbourhoods and the city park.


For more pictures and updates





Interview with Evelien van Veen about Nieuw Overbos Residential Center in Zorgvastgoedmagazine

In the latest edition of the Zorgvastgoedmagazine, an interview with Evelien van Veen about the approach of the new residential care center for people with dementia in Heerde. Commissioned by Vitaal ZorgVast, Van Veen Architecten is realizing 12 ‘residential houses’ here for 96 residents with a heavy demand for care.

New publication: School 7 is featured in Pi, project and interior

The December issue of Pi , the professional journal for project and interior design , featured a very extensive publication about School 7 – Den Helder library by design journalist Peter van Kester


2DVW Site visit day

This year 2DVW team celebrated a productive year by visiting completed and under construction building sites (Villa Astrid/Polderparel/De Bosschen /Den Leeuweric/Deca Factory/Woonfabriek Hogeweg).
For more pictures visit our Facebook page

Johan de Wachter gives a lecture at KAFe2016

End of September Johan de Wachter gave a lecture ‘ Exploring The Potential of the Microrayon’ at 10th Lithuanian Urban Forum which was a part of Kaunas Architecture Festival (KAFe2016). The aim of the Forum is to discuss the topic of revitalization of Lithuanian cities.
Info about event.
More images here.

Deca Packaging Group is nominated for ARC16 Detail!

We are happy to announce that Deca Packaging Group is among ARC16 Detail nominees! You can take a look at all nominees here. Images by Klaas Verdru.

DECA Packaging Group in ‘De Architect’ magazine

Our freshly finished  DECA Packaging Group building was submitted for ARC16 Detail competition. Read more at De Architect (NL).

Woonfabriek Hogeweg in ‘De Architect’ magazine

Woonfabriek Hogeweg is published by De Architect. Take a closer look here. Image by Tim van de Velde.

Deca Packaging Group office is complete

You can see new images of Deca Packaging Group office interior here by Klaas Verdru.

Steel Prize 2016

New headquarters for Deca is one of the nominees for the Belgian Steel Prize 2016.
More images.

Visit The Passerel

This weekend our project The Passerel was part of the architecture route of the “Stedendriehoek” (Deventer – Apeldoorn – Zutphen). Thanks to Architectuurcentrum Rondeel en Architectuurcentrum Bouwhuis.

Woonfabriek Hogeweg is completed!

JDWA project Woonfabriek Hogeweg  is completed. You can see here the first pictures by Tim Van de Velde. Read more at De Architect.

Opening of School 7 library in Den Helder!

Last Saturday the new library of Den Helder, School 7, was festively opened. This transformation and new construction project by Van Veen Architecten in collaboration with Mars interior architects has been received very enthusiastically by the residents of Den Helder.

Read here the opening edition with many photos and interviews with those involved. The interview with Evelien van Veen and Marcel van der Veer can be found on page 8.

Jardin des Moineaux

2DVW (RDVA+JDWA) in collaboration with Duotuin wins competition with “Jardin des Moineaux” [Sparrow Garden] in Brussels: 6 social apartments+community garden+extension school.
Read more at architectura.be.

Nieuw Overbos featured in De Architect

Nieuw Overbos has been featured in De Architect, take a look at the article here.

Win for 2DVW design of Heldergemstraat

‘Heldergemstraat’, the design of 2DVW (RDVA+JDWA) Architects wins this competition of 24 new houses in Haaltert (BE).  The design devides an oblong stretch of land into three distinct living characteristics 1) Yard, 2) Orchard & 3) Belvedere.

Living with water

1st Prize Competition ‘Lindeveld’ in Aalst Belgium.
The Antwerp-Rotterdam combination of 2DVW Architects and LapLab wins competition in Aalst, Belgium. Our plan for 54 new houses respects the (water) landscape and integrates sustainable water management with space for new development.

Architectuur.nl features our De Kamphaan project in an article

Architectuur.nl features our De Kamphaan project in an article, take a read of the article here.

Winning design for Kuurne

JDWA wins competition with “Welcome in the Flax Garden!”, a design involving a city garden and 34 new houses with parking on the Ascubel site in Kuurne, Belgium.
See the project.
In collaboration with Rik De Vooght Architecten.

Bouwaandezorg features our Nieuw Overbos project in an article

Bouwaandezorg features our Nieuw Overbos project in an article about the future of care.

Activiteitencentrum Zwitsal

JDWA heeft de wedstrijd voor transformatie van Loods 36 op het oude Zwitsal terrein aan de Kanaalzone in Apeldoorn gewonnen. Het gebied van De Zwitsal locatie zal stapsgewijs worden gerevitaliseerd. In opdracht van De Passerel zal JDWA de loods transformeren tot activiteitencentrum voor mensen met een beperking. Onlangs is het eerste ontwerp met maquette gepresenteerd aan gemeente, opdrachtgever en gebruikers.
Zorginstelling De Passerel in Apeldoorn.

Nomination for Evelien van Veen for the arcVision Prize 2015

In the short list 21 projects from 16 countries and every continent: a revealing snapshot of contemporary female architecture.

The arcVision Prize – Women and Architecture is an international social award for female designers instituted by the Italcementi Group, from 2013, aimed at recognizing every year a female architect whose research and design work displays significant qualitative excellence and attention to the core issues of construction—technology, sustainability, social and cultural implications—with preference for women working in conditions of particular complexity in terms of type of project and local conditions

Teaching Kaunas University

Starting February 2015, Johan De Wachter teaches also at the Kaunas University of Technology. Together with Martynas Marozas he is leading the ‘Microraion transformation strategies’ design studio. Students research and design on the renovation of Lithuanian socialist housing estates (micro-districts). Attention is paid to aspects such as Public realm, infrastructure, community development, (housing) typology and identity.

First Residents move into Nieuw Overbos Residential Complex

Seven years after the first design, the Nieuw Overbos residential and care complex is (almost) ready!
The interior and exterior are currently being finalized. The first residents are already moving in. Official opening at the end of March 2015.

Laureate 40 UNDER 40

Johan De Wachter is the only Belgian architect to be selected for the “Europe 40 Under 40″ award 2014. With his selection for this award Johan De Wachter is recognized as one of the 40 leading young design talents from Europe.
Download: the press release.
Read More About: The “40 UNDER 40” award.
View: Johan’s admission.

Opening Veranda

Last Saturday October 18th, the new building for Gigos youthwork opened.
We’d like to thank everyone for their efforts. It truly was a nice party and a beautiful start for the Veranda.

Passerel publications

In the last weeks various architecture platforms have published about The Passerel, JDWA’s care housing project for 20 people with a mental disability. You can read about this special project in Apeldoorn on Metalocus (En/Es) AECCafe (En), ArchitectuurNL(Du), Architectenweb(Du) and DeArchitect(Du)

De Passerel completed

July 2014 JDWA project The Passerel House was completed. The Passerel House offers people with a mental disabillity a way to live as independantly as possible.
View the first images.

New location JDWA

JDWA Office has moved!
Last weekend we have taken up residence in the imposing Heineken office-building at the Crooswijksesingel 50 D, 3034 CJ in Rotterdam.

Genk Under Construction

Current images of the building site in Genk (BE) where a lot of progress has been made on our project ‘The Veranda’ for Gigos Youthwork.

2DVW wins twice

2DVW Architects (Johan De Wachter & Rik De Vooght) win first prize in competitions with their designs ‘Dornik Square & Park Villa’ (for the development of a plot in the centre of Geel (BE) and ‘Klimopstraat’ for the  Braselwijkarea in Dessel (BE). Visit 2dvw.eu website for more information about these two projects.

Strategies for renewal

ArchitectuurNL magazine this time features the article “Strategies for Renewal” by Johan De Wachter, about the possibilities for renewal, redesignation, redevelopment and renovation of exosting buildings and structures in the Netherlands.

JDWA in ArchitectuurNL

A nice and comprehensive interview with Johan De Wachter can be found in the December issue of ArchitectuurNL magazine.

Competition Schaarbeek

JDWA wins 1st prize in a competition with our design for a sports hall & neighbourhood lounge in Schaarbeek, Belgium!
Schaarbeek Municipality in collaboration with Beliris want to integrate neighbourhood services with the “Institut Technique Cardinal Mercier” school. New accomodations consist of a sports hall with dressing rooms, storage ed. and a neighbourhood lounge. The accomodation will be used by will the residents and associations in the neighborhood and the school.

In collaboration with Rik De Vooght Architects.


Work on Bodenloods has started. As part of the Havenkwartier (dockyards) of Deventer JDWA, together with users, redevelops a number of old industrial buildings in this area. The Bodenloods is the first to be realized.

Opening De Nieuwhof

Saturday November 3rd  Kulturhus De Nieuwhof in Westervoort was officially opened.
Dutch article in De Nieuwhof in de Gelderlander.
View images here.

Build of Hogeweg started

Building phase of our project “Housing Factory Hogeweg” has begun. The former knitware factory Henri Verhulst on the Hogeweg in Erembodegem, Belgium, gets a residential purpose (20 housing units). By keeping existing facades and re-using valuable parts of the exisitng buildings the overall characteristics of this example of interbellum architecture are conservated. The space with exisiting buildings wil be redeveloped into a distinctive housing factory. The Northern part of this lot will be transformed to a “factory garden”.
Article in Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
View latest images here.

Façade Deca

Very good progress on the construction of the new factory building in Herentals. The effect of sunlight reflecting of the folded façade panels on the nearly completed East façade, surpasses our expectations.

Cultural center De Nieuwhof

Last Friday September 7th, work on the cultural center “De Nieuwhof” was officially finished by Westervoort’s alderman Boone.

Start building Passerel

The building of De Passerel has begun! Yesterday, May 21st, the representative Jan Jacob Van Dijk officially started the building process.
De Passerel is a project for people with mental disabilities. An upscaled house, with two housing sheds & a garden at the Lepelaarweg in Apeldoorn.

JDWA wins AIT award

Huis Van Droo, our entry for AIT AWARD competition was awarded with a prize in two categories; “Öffentliche Bauten/Public Buildings” & “Next Generation (unter/under 40). Registrations from 47 countries, 825 participating offices and 1,750 submitted projects. An international jury selected the best projects in each of the 20 categories.
The AIT-AWARD  – The international magazine for architecture and interior design AIT initiated this global competition.

Office presentation UEM

Johan de Wachter presented his office to visitors from Spain; students of the Universidad Europea De Madrid & their profs. Andres Perea & Nieves Mestre. A relaxed reception with drinks, models & a powerpoint were very much appreciated.
View pictures on our JDWA facebook page.

1st place Astridlaan

Villa Astridlaan – JDWA won 1ste place in the Astridlaan competition! Redevelopment of former office villa on the Koningin Astridlaan (Turnhout, Belgium) for the benefit of social housing and services. Clients: Housing corporation the Ark and city of Turnhout.  In collaboration with Rik De Voogt Architects.

1st place Gooreind

Boterwijk Gooreind JDWA has won 1st prize for the Gooreind competition  – A substantial development of 242 houses on a 9 hectare plot in the north-east of Gooreind, Belgium. Commisioned by housing corporation de Voorkempen.
In collaboration with Rik De Vooght Architecten.

2 x 2nd place

For both the competitions of Rozenwijk and Molenakkers, JDWA came in second place.
You can see some pictures of our entries on JDWA’s Facebook.

Workshop Davo

JDWA organised a workshop with users of the Davo barracks. A proposition for the new layout ‘who goes where?’ was discussed.
View project Business incubators Deventer.

Facebook-album De Nieuwhof

Pictures of the building process of Kulturhus De Nieuwhof are now online in our Facebook Album.

Nieuwhof construction

With the signing of the contracts, construction of Kulturhus De Nieuwhof is now official.
View our Facebook album.

Open call Aartrijke

Our plan for the New Cultural Center the Jonkhove en the Sports Park Aartrijke is presented to a jury with the future users of the project and to the team of the Flemish Government Architect.
View projects Sportpartk Aartrijke & De Jonkhove.

Workshop Dinxperlo

JDWA organises a workshop with users of the Kulturhus Dinxperlo. We introduced our first design for the new Kulturhus and discussed wishes with regards to the distribution of space. (Who goes where and; will there be enough storage space for the instruments of the brassband?)
View our project Kulturhus Dinxperlo

1st prize Dinxperlo

JDWA wins competition for renovation & extension of the Kulturhus Dinxperlo.
View our project Kulturhus Dinxperlo.
Look for images on our facebook page.

JDWA on archdaily.com

Just a month online with our new site, JDWA project Restaurant 13 is featured on ArchDaily.com – “the world’s most visited architecture website”
Both Dutch sites architectenweb.nl and architectuur.org published about JDWA project De Veranda a week earlier.


JDWA.NL new web site

We are happy to announce that the JDWA.NL web site, allnew, is now online and welcoming visitors.
Apart from an update of information and a fresh style, we made this site to properly showcase JDWA projects.
Please ‘share’ and let us know what you think.

Second prize Wingene

JDWA wins 2nd prize for ‘Amphorastraat Wingene’, our entry for Open Call (2303), Flemish government architect .
In collaboration with OPEN Architecten.

Housing factory Hogeweg

VMSW endorses design ‘Housing factory Hogeweg’. The Flemish Social Housing Corporation (VMSW) endorses the preliminary design for the ‘Housing factory Hogeweg’. The building permit file is in draft.
View project Housing factory Hogeweg.

1st prize Landwaarts

JDWA & OPEN Architecten win 1st prize with house prototype for housing corporation Landwaarts in Genk. Elaboration on this project starts at the beginning of September.

Visit Aldermen

Visit Aldermen to the site of Huis van Droo. In November the Huis van Droo will be completed. Marieke van Hensbergen gave a tour so the board could have a look at how the construction progresses.
View this project: Huis van Droo.

Park Hoge Rielen

JDWA’s sanitary pavilion in park the ‘Hoge Rielen’ in Belgium is nearing completion! In collaboration with OPEN architecten.
View project Hoge Rielen

1st prize Veranda

1st prize for ‘de Veranda’. JDWA & OPEN Architects win competition for Gigos jouth work with accommodation; ‘De Veranda’. Plan elaboration for this youth center in Klein Sledderlo, Genk (BE) starts September 2011.
View project De Veranda.

City Academies in A+

Our project for the City Academies Deinze is published in A+230, the Belgian archtictural magazine. This was a project for the Flemish Government Architect (Open Call) and the city of Deinze.
View project City Academies Deinze.

JDWA wins in Turnhout

JDWA en OPEN win with Residential area ‘De Bosschen’. This project for Housing Corporation De Ark in Turnhout (BE) consists of 65 houses of different typologies, a new garden for the neighbourhood and an integration of the new connections to de neighbouring communities.
View project De Bosschen.

‘Living at the park’ wins

JDWA in collaboration with Open Architects wins 1st prize for 12 new houses in the center of Wommelgem (BE).  Centre for Social Welfare (OCMW) is client of this project.
View project Living at the park.

1st prize Denderstreek

JDWA & Open Architecten win competition for SHM Denderstreek in the center of Aalst (BE). The plan consists of about 50 new houses and the new offices for housing corporation Denderstreek embedded in an existing housing block at the Heilig Hartlaan.

De Nieuwhof goes to JDWA

JDWA wins competition for a cultural center in Westervoort. Our plan to develop De Nieuwhof into a ‘Kulturhus’ convinced both the jury of aldermen and the associations and users. The elaboration of the plans will start immediately.
View project Kulturhus De Nieuwhof.

Silta awarded

Our entry for the Koivusaari International Ideas Competition gets an honourable mention & the audience award. Not a standard residential area, but a new compact and sustainable icon with ample space for nature on the divide between Espoo and Helsinki.
View project Silta Helsinki

Presentation Play yard

Johan De Wachter presents the Play yard, our project for a new daycare center and municipal parks department in Merksem (BE). Designed in collaboration with Open Architects commisioned by Vespa and Flemish Government Architect (Open Call).

Design studios in ‘Het Dorp’

Two days of sketching, together with stakeholders and inhabitants of Het Dorp, visualising the future of this area in Arhem.

JDWA in Nijmegen

Johan De Wachter presents JDWA portfolio at the annual congress of the aesthetics committee federation of Nijmegen.

Flemish model wins

JDWA and Andries Geerse urban developer win closed competition for the redevelopment of the dockyards in Deventer. Having failed to redevelop the site in one big operation, we propose a gradual approach where the initiative lies primarily with the end user.
View project Dockyards Deventer

Start design brewinc sheds

The former practice rooms of the Brewinc site are preserved. JDWA starts designing the starter homes within the existing structure of these sheds. ‘Living under the sheds’ proposes a different way of living, with lots of light and air in the center of Doetinchem.
View project Brewinc Sheds.

Het Dorp renews!

JDWA, in collaboration with Andries Geerse urban developer, starts working on plans for the renewal of Het Dorp (The Village), a well known living community for people with physical or multiple disabilities in Arnhem since 1962.

1st prize ‘Hoge Rielen’ park

Open Architecten & JDWA win competition for sanitary pavilion in the ‘Hoge Rielen’ park in Kasterlee (BE).
View project Hoge Rielen

JDWA designs villa

OPEN Architecten & JDWA work together on a design for a villa in Almancil in the Algarve region in Portugal.

Restaurant 13 delivered

Johan De Wachter is in Jinhua City (China) attending the opening ceremonie of the Jinhua Architecture Park. Restaurant 13 is one of seventeen buildings in this park, a design of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. View project Restaurant 13

Brewinc master plan finished

JDWA presents the master plan for the Brewinc location and the preliminary design for the Culture cluster to the Doetinchem city council. The library of Doetinchem, the regional Achterhoek archive, the Staring instituut en the center for contemporary art all get a space in the former school building.  The practice rooms become houses. Two new residential buildings complete this ensemble around a yard in the center of Doetinchem.
View project Het Brewinc

JDWA wins in Apeldoorn

De Passerel and housing corporation ‘de Woonmensen’ commision JDWA to the design of 20 houses for people with a disability. The plan is part of our master plan for the Southern Canal Area in Apeldoorn. View project Apeldoorn Passerel.

Santiago de Compostela

JDWA projecten China Contemporary en Restaurant 13 op de Architectuur Biënnale in Santiago de Compostela in Spanje.

‘Treasure house of the South’ wins

Andries Geerse urban developer in collaboration with JDWA win closed competition for redevelopment of the Southern Canal Area in Apeldoorn. The heritage of the existing factories and factory houses in this area is highly appreciated, indeed a treasure.

Pecha Kucha Rotterdam

Johan De Wachter presents JDWA portfolio at the sixth edition of the Pecha Kucha Night in Rotterdam.

Bouw #08/2006

Johan De Wachter Architects is featured in Dutch magazine Bouw. Theme of the article was ‘Design from within the context’.

Designing Droo Zuid

JDWA and Andries Geerse organise design workshops for the renewal of area Droo Zuid in Duiven. Current residents participate in finding a perfect mix of one family houses, senior houses, studios and local services.
View project Huis van Droo.

Time.Type wins 2nd prize

Our case study of the Delfhavense Schie in Rotterdam has been awarded this prize by the ministry of Economic Affairs. With the strategic development of new businesses in the city time and investment are linked to each other.

Playroom wins!

JDWA wins competition ‘Room for children’ organised by the foundation Guarantee Fund Childcare. Marieke van Hensbergen receives the first prize from the hands of Umberto Barbieri in the congress center of the Delft University of Technology.