Architect Stéphane Beel is responsible for the Silos and the Tower. In this
video below he shares his vision and experiences on
the project. It is Dutch spoken whith English subtitles.
Buildings on the site by Stéphane Beel Architects are at
The re-shaping of the Silo Building is a delicate task. On the one
hand, the massive silos must be preserved as a beacon within the
locality. On the other hand, the new interventions must meet
contemporary demands for light and view, comfort and safety. This
duality brings out the best in Beel.
Ambitions of the architecture:
A new square structure
He removes a section of the two central cylinders at a height of
31 and 28 meters. He replaces this with a new translucent,
square structure. The other six silos are fully retained
and fitted out with smaller
openings, which follow a
structural logic and which frame specific
This intervention creates living units, each with three circular
enclosed spaces and one square open space. This openness makes the
square space, centrally located in the house, suitable as living
space and/or kitchen.
A new volume
The existing white silo's will be replaced by a new volume that is
build on top of Karnak and that is carried by new
steel beems. All this preserves the space and allows to use the
The new mass is clad in white/natural wood
which clearly contrasts with the existing gray silos. The
glazing is in silvered/white coloured reflective
glass in light-coloured wooden joinery.