Compagnie-O is an open design platform. We operate within the free field of spatial design, centrifuging around our architectural production. We exploit spatial potentials using architecture primarily, from detail to landscape. Our designs, though often pragmatic, are just as well poetic and narrative. We are conceptual, yet builders at the same time.

Compagnie-O emerged from the initial collaboration between Joke Vermeulen and Francis Catteeuw. At present, a diverse team with mutually different viewpoints, interests, educational and professional background, age, nationality and skill set surrounds them.

We refuse to develop a “signature-language” and aim to avoid typecasting as we accept Uncertainty as a daily Reality. We question the question. Initially unbiased, we make decisions through targeted insights. Modus operandi is an uncurbed versatility. This flexibility steers the entirety of the design and building process.
Versatility – because we don’t believe in a delimited architectural arsenal.
Versatile thinking and acting, for dancing around an issue is infinitely more effective than gaping at it.

Float Like A Butterfly and Sting Like a Bee” – Muhammad Ali

team
Joke Vermeulen architect
Francis Catteeuw architect
Stefan Hooijmans ir. architect
Ruben Rottiers ir. architect
Sien Cornillie architect
Elias Verdegem ir. architect
Pieterjan De Bock ir. architect
Olga Salata architect
Ilse Verhaeghe ir. architect
Robert Barbir, ir. architect
Martina Genovesi, architect
Francesco Mazzi, architect
Vito Sorino, architect
Elisa Guarnieri, architect

team photography
© Christophe Vander Eecken

upcoming events
_22 Sep 2019, ‘D/a Day of architecture’, Open office day (vai initiative)
_Oct 2019, ‘Classical and Architecture, 2nd edition’, Classical concert at the Topsportschool Antwerp (orfeo initiative)

publications
_Topsportschool Antwerp, p.22 – Focus Archi, n.20 (2019). ‘In het hart van de architectuur’, flexicover, 58 p., Lionel Lhoir (ed). Kessel – Lo, Belgium: Drukkerij Van der Poorten.

_Elementary School Lebbeke, coördinaten in de ruimte, pp. 48-53 – info_steel, n.58 (2019). Flexicover, 80 p., Koen Michielsen (ed).
_Safety Pavilion Knokke, Watch house, p.46 – Wallpaper, n.244 (2019). ‘the stuff that refines you’, flexicover, 218 p., Sarah Douglas (ed). London, UK: The Wallpaper Group, TI Media Limited.

_National Museum for Shoes & Brooms – Eperon d’Or, Von Schuhen und Besen, pp.84-89 – Architektur fachmagazin, n.04 (2019). ‘Architektur zum Lernen’, flexicover, 138 p., Walter Laser (ed). Perchtoldsdorf, Austria: Laser Verlag G.m.b.H.
_National Museum for Shoes & Brooms – Eperon d’Or, pp.54-58 – Plan, n.8 (2019). Flexicover, 208 p., Eric Bal (ed). Herentals, Belgium: Uitgeverij Balfin bvba.

_Elementary School Lebbeke, Ecole évolutive, p.53 – AMC, n.275 (2019). Flexicover, 130 p., Gilles Davoine (ed). Rijsel, France: GROUPE MONITOR.
_Elementary School Lebbeke, p.29 – Knack Weekend, Black 03 (2018). Flexicover, 170 p., Ruth Goosens (ed). Roeselare, Belgium: Roularta Printing.

_Topsportschool Antwerp, pp.148-153 – Deutscher Architektur Verlag, edition 1:100 (2019). ‘Building the future. Educational architecture’, hardcover, 271 p., Till Schröder (ed). Zlín, Czech Republic: GRASPO CZ. 
_Topsportschool Antwerp, pp.46-53 – db, deutsche bauzeitung, (2018). ‘Sport-bauten’, flexicover, 92 p., Katja Kohlhammer (ed). Antwerpen, Belgium: Konradin Druck, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany.
_Topsportschool Antwerp, Learning and training, pp.22-25 – sb, (2018). ‘International magazine for sports, leisure, and recreational facilities’, flexicover, 64 p., Harald Fux (ed). Koln, Germany: IAKS.
_Topsportschool Antwerp, pp.265_38-265_39 – Hinge, n.265 (2018). Flexicover, 84 p., James Saywell (ed). Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong: Lighter Sources Co, Limited.
_Topsportschool Antwerp, Oppositiefiguur, pp.8-10 – A+ Architectuur in Belgie, A+266 (2017). ‘Dis-array’, flexicover, 96 p., Pieter T’Jonck (ed). Brussel, Belgium: Icasd vzw.

_Topsportschool Antwerp, Neither Time nor Space Waste, pp.42-43 – Mark, n.68 (2017). ‘Another Architecture’, flexicover, 176 p., David Keuning (ed). Amsterdam, Nederlands: Frame Publishers.

_Topsportschool Antwerp, pp.18-24 – info_steel, n.49 (2017). Flexicover, 80 p., Philippe Coigné (ed).
_Topsportschool Antwerp, pp.42-45 – Innovate.in.architecture., n.08 (2017). Flexicover, 130 p., Kortrijk, Belgium, Wienerberger.

_Topsportschool Antwerp, Plan magazine, n.4 (jan 2017). Flexicover, Eric Bal (ed). Herentals, Belgium: Uitgeverij Balfin bvba
_House Machelen, Arcadisch wonen in beton, pp.88-95 – Buitengewoon Belgisch Bouwen, n.5 (2017). ‘Recente & innoverende eengezinswoningen van toparchitecten’, hardcover, 465 p., Frank Berckmans en Grégory Mees (ed). Antwerpen, Belgium: At Home Publishers en Tielt, Belgium: Uitgeverijk Lannoo.

_Regional Technical Center, pp.68-71 – World Architecture, n.201 (2007). ‘Emerging belgian architecture’, flexicover, 154 p., Zhang Lu, Joachim Declerck, Roeland Dudai (ed). Beijing, China: The World Architecture Magazine Publication.
_Belgosuc, pp.37-39 – Jaarboek Architectuur Vlaanderen, (2000-2001). Flexicover, 294 p., Jan Verlinden (ed). Antwerpen, Belgium: deSingel Internationaal Kunstcentrum.

_Regionaal Technologisch Centrum, p.29 – Awards van de Belgische Architectuur & Energie 2005, n.43 (2005). Flexicover, 50 p., Erwin Ooghe (ed). Beernem, Belgium: Omicron nv.
_Belgosuc, pp.40-41 – Neuf Nieuw, n.215 (2002). ‘Architecture in Switzerland’, flexicover, 58 p., Carine Lecomte (ed). Brussel, Belgium: Editions Kluwer.

awards
_Safety Pavilion Knokke
2019 3rd runner-up Mixed-use building of the year, Archmarathon

_Museum for Shoes and Brooms, Eperon d’Or Izegem
2018 Prize of Heritage, Flemish Government

_Topsportschool Antwerp
2016 5th runner-up Educational building of the year, Archdaily

past events
_27 Jun 2019, ‘Perspective Northern EU Forum’, panel discussion on Safety Pavilion Knokke (The Plan initiative), Copenhagen (DE)
_16 Mar 2019, Lecture about the Safety Pavilion Knokke at ‘Fiera Milano Rho’ Milan, IT.
_Archipel tour of Topsportschool Antwerp