The caserne context offers a set of buildings that are both coherent and loose. Haphazardly occupied by both the architecture and the arts faculty, the complex is in need of an urbanistic project that manages to respect/maintain the existing buildings but makes the totality of the urban figure more readable. The main intervention is a 100-meter-long narrow atelier building that completes the existing court and adds another layer of the already layered history of the caserne. The building is understood as a big balcony - a layered building of shared atelier spaces: a dom komuna. In order to create a more vivid exchange between faculties with a reasonable distance the long building has a collective terrace on the first floor, where events can be held and models can be made. The idea is to add a layer of a different architecture to the former caserne complex. Unashamedly ‘modernist’ it seeks the image of the collective, as we believe it is necessary to embrace the ‘modernist’ aspect of further education - where an open spirit and a wide horizon are developed in relationship to the world. From this perspective our building is ark-like. Populated by students, professors and researchers, in such figures and forms for our current and future society. We decided to avoid explicit translations of current trends and figures - in the idea that education should happen in an open frame with an open horizon. The urban figure is crucial, part building, part urban intervention, we want to render the existing buildings typologically cleaner and ultimately more readable. 


2022 –


Liege, BE


Education, Adaptive reuse,






Barbara Van Der Wee Architects, Joris Kritis, Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, B+L, Seca, Atmos Lab, Ingenium, Macobo Stabo

Design team

Kersten Geers, David Van Severen, Hugo Mazza, Hadrien Nicora, Edoardo Massa, Marcello Carpino, Alexander Wegener