NAV.Be : a book full of insight into Multi

NAV.Be : a book full of insight into Multi

Working thoughtfully with what is available and using it as much as possible: that is not only the core of the MULTI project, but also the approach of this publication by CONIX RDBM Architects.

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From Philipstoren to MULTI

In 2017, the conversion project of the former Philipstoren into MULTI received the BE.EXEMPLARY award. This prize from the Brussels Region gives a subsidy to projects that contribute to sustainable architecture. It is from this perspective that this book has been compiled.

The book is a form of reporting and reflection on the creation of MULTI. It brings together design drawings, fragments of the BIM model, sketches, scale models, annotated production drawings on the one hand, and a photographic report of the construction process on the other. As a form of documentation of a long and complex process involving many different people with widely varying areas of expertise, it is by definition incomplete.

The order of the documents in the book is not chronological, but rather relational.


In order to provide more background to the main lines of the research – public debate, public interior, young post-war heritage, private development with public ambitions, integrated practice and critical circularity – a series of articles have been woven into the book. The texts, insights and reflections are a crucial part and place designing, elaboration, craftsmanship and working with MULTI in a broader debate.

These contributions are from: Kristiaan Borret (master architect maitre architecte of the Brussels-Capital Region), Asli Çicek (architect), Sven Sterken (KU Leuven), Valérie Vermandel (Whitewood), Gwen Vreven (Immobel Group), Frederik Jacobs (CONIX RDBM Architects ) & Tomas Ooms (Studio Garden and World) and Lionel Billiet & Arne Vande Capelle (ROTOR). The photos are by Jasper van der Linden.

Tomas Ooms (Studio Tuin en Wereld): “This graphic documentation focuses on detailing, materialization, craftsmanship and the manufacturing process, and thus aims to provide insight into the process of ‘working with’ MULTI.”


The book was edited by Tomas Ooms and published by CONIX RDBM Architects. The book is available for €49 at CONIX RDBM Architects. Send an email to stating: Book MULTI.