BureauBR is a medium-sized architectural firm consisting of two offices. A regional team in Bree is in close collaboration with an international team in Brussels. Together, we focus our work on investigative design of private communal housing, social housing, public buildings and the construction of schools.
We always maintain an open dialogue with our clients, partners and environment. For every project we search for the right expertise within our team, complemented by interesting and fruitful profiles from outside our team. Our working environment supports this open way of working by offering flexible workplaces to other organisations and companies.
Our firm was established in 1987 under the direction of Jef Vandekerkhof. Over the years it evolved into ‘architekt-nburo’. In 2022, after the opening of a new office in Brussels and welcoming a second generation into our management team, ‘architekt-nburo’ became ‘BureauBR’.
Both offices are situated in the heart of their urban context: a one hundred year-old storage house in the historic centre of Bree versus a modernist residential tower in the Northern quarter of Brussels. Where one looks onto a landscape of typical Flemish houses, the other one gazes at modern skyscrapers that represent the economic vitality of the city. By using an open arrangement of workspaces, both offices enter in dialogue with their surroundings. This allows us to organise events, concerts and neighbourhood meetings while integrating in our context.
Whilst the workshops in our Bree office allow for a specific use of space thanks to its large rooms, our office space in Brussels is more rational and generic. “ ‘t Kroegske”, the “goei kamer”, the workshop and the model room are spaces with their own specific character. This stands in contrast to the multifunctional and adaptable ground floor in Brussels. The big showcase window, functioning as a canvas towards the street, in combination with the long green curtains, create a space that anyone can make their own. The ground floor acts as an extension of the side-walk, so to speak.
The knowledge gathered within 35 years of experience nurtures our young team and thus allows for a reliable, open and honest way of working. We acknowledge that every project requires a custom way of working, therefore we use different ways of conveying design ideas through workshops, sketches, scale models, plans or images which are delineated by our enthusiastic team members.