When Nightlife Turns Into Art

2 April, 2014 at 13:35


The Pop-Up Art Club is a new venue in the heart of Brussels, designed to connect cultural actors and individuals from the arts, design, music, fashion and other creative communities seeking means of expression beyond the city’s establishments.


At its core as a music venue, the Pop-Up Art Club offers a new take on collaboration: we invite a selected range of contemporary artists, DJs, acts to join a platform created for them. They choose one of the 10 event weekends to perform, we reveal the names, but the exact lineup stays secret.


The space itself is as integral as the concept. Our interior design aims at redefining clubbing as a piece of contemporary art. The design is multipurpose, enabling it to easily transform to its ever-changing content.


It will be at its first location for 3 months (Rue de L’Ecuyer 50 Schildnaapstraat, 1000 Brussels), with the Art Club nights every Saturday. External events will be on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Pop-Up Art Club welcomes the curious, creative minds and talent with something to share…

JDS ARCHITECTS wins the International Award at the Belgian Building Awards 2014

27 February, 2014 at 14:01



JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS wins the prestigious International Award at the Belgian Building Awards 2014

As it is by now a yearly tradition, the Belgian Building Awards will take place this Wednesday the 26th of February at Batibouw. For the 2014 edition, Julien De Smedt will be awarded the International Award. His practice, JDS Architects, located in Brussels, Copenhagen and Shanghai, has drawn over 300 projects, of which around 40 are realised in 35 countries, across 5 continents.

International Architecture from Belgium

A quick look at JDS body of work gives an immediate sense of how international their work is: from the World Championship Skijump of Oslo to a large Office Campus in Istanbul, the Iceberg Dwellings in Aarhus, Denmark or the H-Gate project in Hangzhou, China.

In Oslo, their Skijump project has become a tourist magnet rivalling with Wimbledon and the Wembley Arena, as the world’s most visited sports facility. The Kalvebod Waves project recently delivered in Copenhagen’s downtown harbour transforms the city’s relationship to the water, literally redrawing its shore to provide new spaces for public life to unfold.

In Lille, JDS Architects is building a 7000 m² mixed use complex that combines a kindergarten, a youth hostel and a business incubator around a triangular garden, representing the relations of 3 different ages of mankind: childhood, youth and entrepreneurship. Some of JDS’ latest building sites are in China, with 2 large scale offices projects in the cities of Hangzhou and Qingdao.

From Brussels, JDS Architects focuses on its European portfolio, delivering later this month a police station, commissioned by AG Vespa, in Antwerp and a house in the French Jura region.

Architect vs. Designer

Besides architecture, Julien De Smedt is now also involved in the international design scene. Late 2013 he launched his design label Makers With Agendas at Design September in Brussels, Maison & Objet in Paris and at the New Museum in New York. “Makers With Agendas is a new design capacity engaged in thinking, producting and distributing design.”, says Julien De Smedt.”

Belgian Building Awards – International Award

The Belgian Building Awards are organised by BATIBOUW in collaboration with Confederatie Bouw, Ik Ga Bouwen & Renoveren, Trends Top Bouw, the Order of Architects and the AiNB and they award the realisations of architects, builders, planners en contractors. With the International Award, BATIBOUW confirms its knowledge in the building and design sector outside of Belgium.

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18 February, 2014 at 11:45


Fritz Hansen, Thomas More and Bulo organise an award for best furniture design inspired by the Butterfly Chair by Arne Jacobsen, made by the students of the departments of interior and furniture design at the Thomas More Hogeschool Mechelen. The evening starts with a lecture by Julien De Smedt, followed by the announcement of the winner and ends with a walking reception Nordic Style.

27th of February, 19h45-23h00


19h45: Doors open
21h00: Announcement of the winner
21h15: Walking reception Nordic Style

Werkplaats Bulo
Blarenberglaan 6
Industriezone Noord B
2800 Mechelen

RSVP before Friday 21st of February by mail to lovework@bulo.be

More info here.


18 February, 2014 at 11:42


Julien De Smedt will lecture at Concept & Build for Students on Wednesday, the 26th of February. This event is part of Batibouw 2014 and takes place from 10h00-13h00 in Auditorium 2000 at Brussels Expo.



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