Bovenbouw Architectuur. The House of the Explorer

Architecture of the exotic everyday

For Dirk Somers, architect and founder of Bovenbouw Architectuur, architecture in the year 2019 should mainly offer the city added value. In the exhibition The House of the Explorer, the Flanders Architecture Institute offers a unique view into the universe of the Antwerp architectural firm. As a visitor, you get under the skin of the architect-explorer who ends up in a wondrous world full of concrete buildings and paper ideas. 

‘Bovenbouw’s architecture is discreetly idiosyncratic. The exceptional or arresting comes on top of an acceptance and affirmation of the everyday and familiar.’

(architecture critic Bart Verschaffel)



Axonometrie Renovatie Appartementen, Leysstraat 7–15, Antwerpen ©Bovenbouw Architectuur

The House of the Explorer. Bovenbouw Architectuur
Thurs 28 February 2019 → Sun 16 June 2019
open Wed → Sun / 2 → 6 pm and during soirees
closed Mon, Tues
free entrance

Bovenbouw Architectuur. Living the Exotic Everyday
published in English by Flanders Architecture Institute, 2019
authors: Dirk Somers, Maarten Van Den Driessche and Bart Verschaffel
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official opening
Wed 27 February 2019 – vernissage and opening programme at 8 pm in deSingel
free entrance, but you need to register via

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Flanders Architecture Institute
Egon Verleye - communications & PR
T +32 (0)3 242 89 73

Production Flanders Architecture Institute & deSingel
Scenography Bovenbouw Architectuur
With the support of the Flemish Government


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