As Found

(Image: noAarchitecten, Het Steen, Antwerpen © Kim Zwarts)
6 September 2023 - 17 March 2024
De Singel (Expo)
Wed - Sun from 2 to 7pm
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The exhibition As found focuses on the new relationship between contemporary design and heritage. Using experimental, groundbreaking, (inter)national examples, the exhibition explores the different positions that contemporary designers adopt in relation to existing buildings.

Experiments in Preservation

In this exhibition, we identify seven experimental approaches in intervening in existing buildings and spaces. We deliberately named these experiments with clear spatial terms: ensemble, void, reconfiguration, inside out, traces, mirror and nuance. Seven transformation projects, realized by architects from Flanders and Brussels, are narrated through the lens of a particular experiment. They play the main role in the exhibition while a visual cloud of reference projects accompanies them. Together they show how similar experiments have been carried out in the past or are being implemented internationally today.

Seven experiments

  • Het Steen, noAarchitecten, 2021 Antwerp
  • Chapex, AjdvivgwA : AM architecten jan de vylder inge vinck – AgwA, 2024 Charleroi
  • Open-Air Storage for the Art in the City Collection, Aslı Çiçek, 2021 Antwerp
  • Mortsel Town House, Eagles of Architecture, 2024 Mortsel
  • Het Predikheren, Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten, Callebaut Architecten, Bureau Bouwtechniek, 2019 Mechelen
  • Boekentoren and State Archives, Robbrecht en Daem architecten, 2021 and 2014 Ghent
  • Malibran, Carton123 architecten, 2020 Elsene, Brussels


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  • OPEN:

    From Wednesday to Sunday - 02:00 pm until 7:00 pm and during evening performances until 10:00 pm


    €5 (tickets online and on site)
    €0 (students, -19-year, kansentarief/omnio-statuut and ICOM, tickets only on site)


    De Singel (Expo)


    Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp (BE)


    Sofie De Caigny, Hülya Ertas, Bie Plevoets


    FELT architecture & design


    Flanders Architecture Institute and DE SINGEL


    the Flemish Community

There are spaces reserved for wheelchair users in all halls of DE SINGEL. Please contact us in advance at tickets@desingel.be so that we can reserve a space for you. You can use an elevator to reach the halls. Enter through the main entrance of DE SINGEL and make your way down the ramp to the left of the stairs to take the lift. Read more about the accessibility