Architect Stéphane Beel is responsible for the
transformation of the Silos into homes. In this video below he
shares his vision and experiences on the project. It
is Dutch spoken with English subtitles.
At high altitude
The re-shaping of the Silo Building is a delicate task. On 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.
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 panoramas. 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
A new volume
The existing white silo's will be replaced by a new volume that
is built on top of Karnak and that is carried by new
steel beams. All this preserves the space and allows to use the
existing foundation. The new mass is clad in white/natural
wood which clearly contrasts with the existing grey silos.
The glazing is in silvered/white coloured reflective
glass in light-coloured wooden joinery.
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