Brabo 2 Noorderlijn Straatsburgbrug - titel

Brabo 2 project Noorderlijn

Architects Van Belle & Medina

Antwerp, opposite the Zaha Hadidplein

2019

 

Brabo 2

The Brabo 2 project includes the new tram connections across the Noorderleien and Noorderlaan. For the design of the traction stations two architectural firms were approached, the building we are viewing today is by architects Van Belle & Medina.

Traction station

The architects were allowed to construct a total of three electricity cabins for the new tram lines in the north of Antwerp. There is one opposite the Havenhuis, another under a bridge next to a bus parking in the Tjalkstraat and the third along the Noorderlaan in the Luchtbal residential area. All three are constructed from a light-colored brick, each with its own shape of recesses.

Van Belle & Medina

The architectural office was founded by Kurt Van Belle and Patricia Medina. The nearby Dry Dock Park is also by them. The Flanders Architecture Book states the following about this project:

The traction substation on the busy crossroads at the foot of the Port House was conceived as a place to take a brief rest and as a lookout post. Staircases have been incorporated into both flanks of the circular building. As a result, this particular architecture does more than just house the technical equipment for the tram line. Like a small mooring post, it offers a subtle and not unironic riposte to the dominant architecture of the Port House.

Brabo 2 Noorderlijn

Architects Van Belle & Medina

Antwerp, tegenover Zaha Hadidplein

2019

More information

This article first appeared on my other site about architecture in and around Antwerp: archiplore.

More architecture in Antwerp

Province house competition – the four who did not win

Province house competition – the four who did not win

Competition Province House Winner: Xaveer de Geyter Architecten Antwerp, Koningin Elisabethlei 22 2011 Competition Province House They’re currently working on the new Province House, more about this in the blog post about the construction of the Province House. The...

read more
Expohal in Deurne built by De Coene

Expohal in Deurne built by De Coene

Expohal Wenceslas de ‘t Serclaes Antwerp, Deurne, Te Couwelaarlei 95 1958Expo 58 The building that is now used as a sports hall in Deurne is originally a pavilion of Expo 58 in Brussels. It was built by the Kortrijkse Kunstwerkstede Gebroeders De Coene. They realized...

read more
Belgian Fruit Fair – art deco on the Eilandje

Belgian Fruit Fair – art deco on the Eilandje

Belgian Fruit Fair Joseph Somers + Cols en De Roeck + Alfred Portielje Antwerp, Zeevaartstraat 1935 – 1936 Fruit During my architecture studies I discovered this hidden gem of Art Deco. This building is of course discussed during the “Warehouses and Parks” tour. The...

read more