Metropolitan Landscapes

Recently, Freek Persyn together with Eric Corijn have been appointed as external experts for the ‘research by design’ trajectory Metropolitan Landscapes. This research is a joint initiative by the Team Vlaams Bouwmeester, Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Vlaamse Landmaatschappij, the team of the Brussels Bouwmeester, and the ministery of Urban Planning and housing of the Brussels Capital Region. The research will be conducted by the design offices Bureau Bas Smets and LIST.


51N4E, in collaboration with AWB, is appointed to draft a concept for possible future developments on Rechteroever, a central and popular district of Aalst bordering the old industrial corridor through the city. During the coming months, different options will be developed through research by design and cross-examined in a series of atelier sessions with experts, policy makers and citizens.

Résidence Palaiseau

On Tuesday 27th march, 51N4E and Bourbouze-Graindorge have delivered the building permit of Résidence Palaiseau. The building houses 330 student accommodations and additional amenities in Paris-Saclay. The delivery of the constructions documents is planned for the middle of June.


51N4E has been appointed by AG Real Estate and Vooruitzicht as one of 3 architects to redevelop the Be-Post site in the North quarter of Brussels. The site is strategically located between the Canal and the Parc Maximilien, on the axis stretching from the North Station to Turn & Taxis. The project will host in total 28.000 m² of mainly residential program.

Testplanung Thurgauerstrasse West, Zurich

51N4E has been appointed by the city of Zürich for a 'research by design' trajectory for a large stretch of land between the railway tracks and the Thurgauerstrasse. 51N4E has teamed up with the landscape design office Rotzler Krebs Partner and will be assisted by Klaus Zweibrücken for mobility and Steff Fischer together with Intosens for the programming and use.

Nieuw Zuid

51N4E is invited for a competition for a mixed use tower which is part of Nieuw Zuid, a new development in the south of Antwerp.

Alzette Belval

The team of 51N4E, 2001, SCE and Franck Boutté Consultants is selected for long term contract of urban study for the territory of Alzette-Belval, in north Lorraine, France, in proximity to the border with Luxembourg. The territory is characterised by it history of mines and steel industry, and its current investigation of a new definition is labelled as a National Interest Operation (OIN), a particular juridical status given to urbanistic projects of major importance.

Desaix – Lyon Part Dieu

The joint entry of Christian de Portzamparc, Clement Vergely Architects and 51N4E has won the competition for the development of a 22.000m² mixed program within the Lyon Part Dieu masterplan (l’AUC). The project will develop a divers series of housing typologies connected with an urban roofscape.
Client: Bouygues Immobilier, OPAC du Rhône, Ville de Lyon

1st prize - Résidence étudiante Paris-Saclay

51N4E, together with Bourbouze & Graindorge Architectes of Nantes, won the competition for 330 student accomodations and additional amenities in Paris-Saclay.

Competition for the new NCCA, Moscow

The team of 51N4E, Office KGDVS, Bollinger + Grohmann, Transsolar and Simon Castets is among the shortlisted teams of the competition for the new National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow.