JDS Architects Exhibited in the Atomium

18 February, 2014 at 11:37



From the 12th of February until 15th of June, the MOBILIA exhibition will be on show at the Atomium in Brussels. MOBILIA follows the development of 30 Belgian architects and reveals how the relation between architecture, interior architecture and furniture has changed over a century.

The exhibition presents a series of furnitures and objects of, among other Victor Horta, Robbrecht & Daem, B Architecten and Julien De Smedt.

100 Years Design by Belgian Architects.
Exhibition from 12.02.2014 untill 15.06.2014 on 3 floors / temporary exhibition Spheres (levels 3, 4 & 5) of the Atomium, Avenue de l’Atomium, 1020 Bruxelles, Belgium.
Opening hours: Daily, from 10am till 6pm (ticket office closes at 5.30pm)
More info can be found here.

JDS Architects’ Kalvebod Waves Nominated for Big Arne Award

30 January, 2014 at 18:27


JDS Architects is pleased to announce the nomination of its project Kalvebod Waves for the Big Arne Award. The award is given to completed works and initiatives that have raised the architecture of the metropolitan Copenhagen area in the past year. Kalvebod Waves is nominated for the award because it contributes to reuniting the city of Copenhagen with its harbor. To create this urban spot on the waterfront, JDS Architects teamed up with KLAR, Future Experience, U-turn and White Water Adventure Park.

From Islands Brygge to Kalvebod Waves

At the turn of the millennium, the center of Copenhagen was given an incredible breath of fresh air or rather fresh grass by the opening of Islands Brygge Park. The project injected some 28.000 m2 of outdoor space for all. In 2003, we, as PLOT (now JDS and BIG) designed the harbour bath project, which introduced a new concept of bathing and water sports to the capital. The success was immediate and the first real signs of the city turning itself back to its waterways became evident.

Kalvebod Brygge is situated opposite this popular Copenhagen summer hang out. Kalvebod Brygge has the potential to be Islands Brygge’s more urban addition but has, until now, been synonymous with a desolated office address devoid of life and public activities. The new urban waterfront is the perfect hub for summer festivals and water related activities.

When addressing this infamously gloomy and desolated side of the harbour, we put our focus on two major design aspects: to create urban continuity and to locate new public spaces on the sunny parts of the water. What has doomed the Kalvebod area until now were the long shadows drawn by the imposing structures fronting it. We studied the course of those shadows throughout the day and the year and located two main pockets of shadow-free zones. We decided to program those areas as both resting islands on the water and actual programmed spaces, containing until now the facilities of a kayak club. From there on, all we needed was to find an active way to reconnect those islands to the urban network and to make them relate to the city’s infrastructure.

JDS Architects

Julien De Smedt’s numerous prize-winning projects have helped to re-energise the discussion of contemporary architecture. The Founder and Director of JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects & MWA/Makers With Agendas has offices in Brussels, Copenhagen and Shanghai. Among other awards and recognitions, JDS received the WAN 21 for 21 Award in 2011, the European Steel Design Award in 2011 and the Maaskant Prize for Best Young Architect in 2009.  In 2004, JDS received a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for the Stavanger Concert Hall and was nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe award. JDS has recently completed several large international projects, including the Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo (Architizer A + Award 2013) and the residential project Iceberg in Aarhus (Architizer A + Award 2013 MIPIM Award 2013).

Info Kalvebod Waves on JDS Architects:

High resolution pictures: http://bit.ly/ZcK21V

Contact: press@jdsa.eu

Big Arne Award: http://arkitektforeningen.dk/artikel/nyheder/nominerede-til-aarets-arne-2014 (in Danish)

In 2014 JDS Architects will continue the construction of the following projects:

-a police station for AG Vespa in Antwerp (BE); completion February 2014 – jdsa.eu/apd
-a mixed-use project for the city of Lille (FR) of 7.000m2 – jdsa.eu/lil
-the Macdonald housing complex of approximately 100 apartments with a total surface of 7.500 m2 in Paris (FR)
-a 26.000 m2 multifunctional office complex in Hangzhou (China) – jdsa.eu/hang
-an office and commercial complex of 180.000 m2 in Qingdao (China)
-the Gwell complex of 800 studio units of 38.000 m2 in Gangnam, Seoul (South Korea) – jdsa.eu/gwell
-the Premier Campus in Istanbul (Turkey), an office and retail complex of 100.000 m2 – jdsa.eu/kag


20 December, 2013 at 19:20

HAPPY HOLIDAYS (photo by George Messaritakis)
photo by George Messaritakis


10 December, 2013 at 12:05


R407, 71 Xi Suzhou Lu
200041 Shanghai, China


5 December, 2013 at 18:12


Julien will speak at BoDW 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this Friday at 14.00 on the topic, “DESIGN VELOCITY.”

BoDW is an annual flagship event organized by Hong Kong Design Centre since 2002. Today, BoDW enjoys the reputation as one of the most significant events on Asia’s design calendar. More information can be found here.

Also, check out the following lectures from the BoDW program:

Dec 05.2013 – Day 1

Charles Kaisin

Olivier Bastin

Kay Kwok

Paul Hekkert

Vicente Guallart

B architects

Elvis Pompilio and Jean Paul Masse

06.2013 – Day 2

Keith Griffiths

Dec 07.2013 – Day 3

Colin Fournier

Robbrecht and Daem

Christine Conix

Tomek Rygalik & Gosia Rygalik

Zhang Lei


18 November, 2013 at 15:11


Makers With Agendas launches its product line in the American market this Friday, the 22nd, at the New Museum in New York City.

On this occasion, the New Museum Store will unveil its new store design, a collaborative effort between JDS Architects and Makers With Agendas.

From the New Museum release:
Makers With Agendas (MWA), cofounded and directed by architect Julien De Smedt and William Ravn with Wouter Dons, is a new design platform with the mission to remove design from aesthetic concerns and towards societal issues. “At Makers with Agendas we’re trying to work with themes and problems rather than just entertain ourselves with a cool design,” says De Smedt. “The culture of making is linked to the culture of curiosity. This bizarre alchemy links curiosity to productivity.” The idea and concept behind MWA emerged out of working together at JDS Architects, De Smedt’s architecture firm based in Brussels, Copenhagen and Shanghai.

MWA launched this fall at Maison Objet in Paris, Design September in Brussels, and will be launched exclusively in the United States at the New Museum. For more information, click here.

Friday 22nd of November
7 – 9pm
The New Museum
235 Bowery
New York NY
10002 USA

This event is free with RSVP


6 November, 2013 at 17:35



JDS is looking for a part-time business developer to work out of our Brussels office.

Requirements: Applicant must have an understanding of Belgian and French markets and experience in submitting pre-qualifications in Belgium and France. A good working knowledge of French/Dutch is required and English is preferred. Must be well rounded in the Adobe Creative Suite package.

JDS est à la recherche d’un responsable d’appels d’offre pour travailler à mi-temps dans notre bureau de Bruxelles.

Compétences requises: Bonne compréhension des marchés Belge et Français et expérience dans la soumission d’appels d’offre. Être capable de travailler dans un environnement francophone, néerlandophone et anglophone. Avoir une bonne maîtrise de la suite Adobe Creative.


1 November, 2013 at 16:40

Julien De Smedt will lecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture on the 6th of November from 18:30-20:00.

The Bartlett International Lecture Series is free and open to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Places are limited so early arrival is suggested.

18:30 – 20:00 06 November 2013
Location: Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ


22 October, 2013 at 16:53


For those of you in Lille and Paris in the coming days, JDS will be lecturing, presenting and participating in the following events. Please come and join us!

Project City Conference:  The City of Tomorrow

news_project-city_web JDS to lecture on The City of Tomorrow at the Project City Conference at the Lille Grand Palais Julien speaks at 9:30 9, rue Maracci 59000 Lille Project City Conference is a forum concerning emerging issues and needs of the city, offering a comprehensive program to promote training and information on news and trends in urban projects and developments, the experience from the best players in the sector as well as a current overview on regulatory developments and French and European standards.

JDS to participate in the exhibition, In Vitro, Paris

news_in-vitro_www In Vitro, an exhibition by the House of Architecture in Ile -de- France and the association “Architects of the Future” present a range of work, impressions and research of the architect at very different stages of their careers in an attempt to reveal the origins of current architectural methodologies.

La Maison de l’architecture en Ile-de-France
148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin
75010 Paris

The Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris and WBA present the project (Un)City – (Un)Real State of the (Un)Known

news_uncity_www The issues at the heart of (Un)City will be discussed in the Pavillon de l’Arsenal through an exhibition, curated by Cedric Libert and designed in the frame of the first Istanbul Design Biennial 2012, but also through a new publication and two discussions to be held on Monday the 4th November at 7 PM and on Saturday the 9th November at 4 PM. A drink will be served after these two events. Complete information about the event can be found here.

One of JDS’ most emblematic projects, the .BE buildings, will be featured in the event. Official invitation are available online.

21 bld Morland
75004 Paris

JDS exhibition ‘This Might Not Be Appropriate’ extended

21 October, 2013 at 12:18

JDS exhibition ‘This Might Not Be Appropriate’ will be extended to the 28th of October due to continued interest from the public.

retrospective from the 19th of september to the 28th of October 2013
Vanhaerents Galleries
Rue de la Senne / Rue des Fabriques
1000 Brussels

Mondays to Fridays 12.00 to 18.00
Saturdays and Sundays appointments, please contact office@jdsa.eu

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