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General information

  • Location address
    Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen
  • Location country
  • Year of construction
  • Name of the client/building owner
    deSingel vzw / Duvel Moortgat (sponsor)
  • Function of building
    Theatres & cinemas
  • Degree of enclosure
    Open structure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection


The temporary covering of the courtyard garden, to obtain a completely corona-proof environment for the visitors of the cultural center deSingel, is a combination of Duvel Dreamship sails. They are one of the best-known sail sculptures of The Nomad Concept (previously installed at festival of Gooik, Gentse Feesten, Jazz Ghent (Bijloke), Jazz Middelheim and numerous other festivals in Belgium and abroad).

Amandus VanQuaille created this special ‘Duvel’ tent exclusively for brewery Moortgat. The new model has been launched in 2010. Simplicity and playfulness are combined in this minimalistic, repetitive structure.

The architect adds to that: ‘It is a fantastic setup. The confrontation with the modernist architecture of Léon Stynen is really very good. The building - with orthogonal volumes and lines, except for the organic shapes of the windows - and the forms of the membranes are both modernist, but with an opposite design.
Initially the design of the canopies was based on a piece of minimalism music by Yannis Xenakis, a musician and architect who co-designed the Philips pavilion at expo 58. And now these sails are used to embrace for two months electronic classical minimalist music. It is an ode to the music. It's nice to make a modest contribution to that.’

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Cable-net/Fabric/Hybrid/Foil

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure
  • Convertible or mobile
    Convertible and mobile

Involved companies