Core consolidation city of Vilvoorde

Realized in Belgium

Core consolidation city of Vilvoorde

Reconciling housing, shopping, heritage and urban living in the core of a growing and complex city necessitates intelligent design and financial feasibility.

The challenge

An outdated intrusive building next to a gothic church on a crucial location in Vilvoorde needs a masterplan to inject sustainability, multifunctionality and vitality. The different interests of a public and a private owner demand a well-balanced solution.

The approach

MVRDV (Netherlands) guide the public and private owners, the City of Vilvoorde and Lidl, through an active and creative design process with progressive insight and highlight the historical legacy, the actual potentials and the shared ambitions. They illustrate the architectural and urban instruments to construct a fascinating and robust masterplan, which is profitable for both partners and stimulating for the living together of this city on the edge of Brussels.

Rebel supports continuously this design exercise with financial and procedural real estate modelling and aims for a gradual understanding by both partners of the mutual rights and duties. Decisions and options are directed and instigated towards the effective marketization and implementation.

“I experienced it too many times: everybody wants everything but nobody decides, nobody takes responsibility. Let’s look for solutions based on flexibility and creativity, let’s ease and simplify the task of the clients themselves. It’s more effective, in the beginning, to make the best of a less ambitious program than to try to change worlds and minds from the start. We have to concentrate on and reach for the very quality of the final solution as a gift for the same everybody and nobody.” Filip Canfyn, a former Rebel.


Feasibility is a constant creative tool to ensure more effectiveness, quality and sustainability.