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

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15 October, 2013 at 18:34


Julien De Smedt will lecture this Thursday the 17th, from 19.00 alongside David Van Severen (OFFICE KGDVS) and Jorn Bihain (V+) as part of the first Architecture Week of Brussels (

Pavillon A.WEEK
rue Ravenstein 15
1000 Bruxelles
Price: FREE

Aside from today’s lecture, as part of the A+ Architecture in Belgium Benefit, JDS will contribute the Bone Chair which will be up for auction today at 8:30pm at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Brussels.


Until 20.10.2013
Everyday until the 20th, closing date of A.WEEK, JDS is also taking part in the LOST & FOUND Exhibition presenting our competition proposals in Brussels for the Square de L’accueil, the Rue de la Loi, the BE buidlings, Tour & Taxis and the Justice Palace

13.00 to 20.00, daily until October 20th
rue Ravenstein 15
1000 Bruxelles


2 October, 2013 at 18:22


Makers With Agendas opens the doors for its first storefront in Copenhagen today. Come join in for a chat, a look at the premiere collection and a drink or two.  The reception will be held from 19-22h at Kompagnistræde 29, Copenhagen.

MWA is a new design capacity founded by Julien De Smedt, along with William Ravn and partner Wouter Dons.  Visit the MWA site to see the collection and more.


16 September, 2013 at 16:16


opens this Thursday the 19th of September at 18h00
at the Vanhaerents Galleries

‘THIS MIGHT NOT BE APPROPRIATE’ is an exhibition produced by JDS Architects as a selection of the office work from the last 12 years, at the time when Julien De Smedt initiates a new design capacity: Makers With Agendas. This exhibition con­flates the role of the architect with that of the “maker” – one who actively engages with the culture of manu­facturing and dissemination of designed artifacts in addition to the craft and functionality of our designed environment

Established around the thematic of urban activation the show will unfold our working methods through models, projections, sketches or specifically crafted installations.

The Vanhaerents Galleries consists of a series of exhibition spaces, newly completed by JDS, in the heart of Brussels, at the crossing of the rue de la Senne and the Rue des Fabriques.

JDS/Julien De Smedt Architects

retrospective from the 19th of september to the 20th of October 2013
opening the 19th of september 2013 18.00 to 22.00
Rue de la Senne / Rue des Fabriques
1000 Brussels

Mondays to Fridays 12.00 to 18.00
Saturdays and Sundays appointments, please contact

If you’re interested in a private viewing, please contact


5 September, 2013 at 13:13

Siblingsfactory Opening

JDS invites you to join Siblingsfactory for the opening of their new concept store in downtown Brussels today!  We’re excited to have designed this new space in the heart of Brussels.

Siblingsfactory Opening

The store’s opening will be paired with the 100th anniversary of Le Mont Saint Michel.
Thursday September 5th 2013
From 6pm to 10pm

Opening with a DJ set by UNDERWEARmusic

DJ set by BOOMBASS – (Cassius)

Siblingsfactory Flyer


29 August, 2013 at 18:15

Kalvebod Waves - Opening

This Friday, the 30th of August, marks the official opening of our harbor front project in Copenhagen, Kalvebod Waves, collectively designed by KLAR and JDS/JULIEN DE SMEDT ARCHITECTS with the support of Sloth Møller and Niras Engineers. Join in for a host of activities from sail tours, walking tours, drinks, DJs, and of course kayaking and swimming.  For the inauguration, Copenhagen’s Technical and Environmental Mayor, Ayfer Baykal, will guide a boat tour of the Kalvebod area.

Kalvebod Waves from Islands Brygge Park - photo by JDS

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 harbor 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 Waves - view from the crest - photo by JDS

Today we’re thrilled to invite you all to experience the next phase of development of this long term plan: the city side of the harbor, the Kalvebod Pier (Kalvebod Brygge). Historically this part of the harbor was devoted to industrial activities. Then in the 80’s and 90’s, the city developed the area into an architecturally austere mono-programmed harbor front, leaving its quay barren and open to strong winds and deserted by citizens. When addressing this infamously gloomy and desolated side of the harbor, we put our focus on two major design aspects: to create urban continuity and to locate ourselves on the sunny spots of the water.

Kalvebod Waves - photo by JDS

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 resting islands on the water. 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. The original project extended that connective idea all the way to the nearby Langebro Bridge, allowing our project to completely connect and extend the Islands Brygge Park. We believed in the potential to drag the success of the nearby park onto this side of the harbor in the same way as we had dragged people from that park to the harbour bath 10 years ago. The bridge connections ended up being too costly and that part was dropped which in turn placed all our focus, energy and budget on the core of the project: the city side promenade, the two main squares and the programs to activate the entire complex.

Kalvebod Waves - photo by JDS

Kalvebod Waves brings a myriad of activities from organized to spontaneous: there’s a kayak and canoe club inserted in the project, a docking island peacefully floating in a basin, a series of benches and long resting areas to enjoy the sun. Since ‘the Waves’ partially opened 6 weeks ago, it has already become a magnet for urban life and water activities.

Kalvebod Brygge in action - photo by Henning Stüben

Project data:

Location: Kalvebod Brygge, Copenhagen Harbor
Size: 4.000 m²
Budget: DKK 52 mio., Euro 7 mio.
Client: Copenhagen Municipality, Lokale og Anlægsfonden

Download the press package here (47 mb)


1 May, 2013 at 9:23


Istanbul – We’re excited to reveal our first project in Istanbul!  After a selection process, developer Feryapi invited UN Studio (NL), Massimiliano Fuksas (IT) and Julien De Smedt Architects to compete for a new 100,000 m2 mix business campus in Kagithane, Istanbul.  JDS was awarded the contract in January 2013. Construction will start in June 2013.

The Premier Campus Office in Kagithane is a business district that focuses on the users working and living qualities and addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextual and urban approach: The building is formed by our desire to make it interact with its environment. It opens itself up to the neighbourhood and offers spaces to the users and the passers by such as plazas, intimate gardens and generous terraces.

The volume of the block is literally carved out to invite the surroundings in. The local hilly landscape, characteristic to Istanbul, is continued in the meandering of the volume both in plan, adapting to the site’s edges, and in section, weaving into itself in a series of gentle curving slopes, echoing the nearby Bosphorus waves. The vibrant commercial life of the ground floor burst out onto the plazas and the landscape. Upstairs the offices open out onto the green terraces, populated with lush vegetation, tempering the hot Springs and Summers. The volume reads clearly while still opening itself generously to the city from the far. As one gets closer the interiors become more discreet, protected by louvers that help shade from the sun.

The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul, that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle. We’ve thought of a building where inside interacts with outside, where the plan is flexible to allow for anyone to find its desired space and place, whether it be a small one man show company or a large corporate office employing hundreds. We believe life is plural and various entities should coexist and exchange their experiences. The Premier Campus Office is where such a rich diversity can find its place.

See the project here.  See a video of the Brussels crew building up the model here and a television commercial for the project here.