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Partners in life and work

Dhooge and Meganck architecture was founded in 2015 but their expertise goes much further back in time. David and Saar got to know each other at Ghent University, where they both graduated as civil engineer architect (2000-2002).

Saar Meganck (°1979) first worked at Prof. Dr .Ir.- Arch. Firmin Mees, where she actively participated in the reconversion of the Thermal Power Station to the Student House (polyvalent interpretation for events, among others) for UGent and the Museum Center Tour of Flanders in Oudenaarde. She was the first in 2006 to start full-time on the development of her own office.

David Dhooge (°1977) worked at the TV Stéphane Beel - Xaveer De Geyter, after that for more than twelve years as a senior project leader for Stéphane Beel Architects (SBA) where he designed and executed numerous projects of all kinds. In 2014 he lead the architects' team for the team DOK9000 (Re-vive, Van Haerents and Van Roey) the competition for the pioneering and sustainable urban development around the Schipperskaai on the site of the Oude Dokken in Ghent (350 homes, 50,000 m²), a pilot project for the city. In addition, he designed and executed, among other things, a series of houses, the new prisons of Beveren and Dendermonde (for BAM-Interbuild-Galère) and for the large-scale passive urban development project Post X in Antwerp (for IRET development, 125,000 m² of passive offices, first phase until 2015).


Personal Commitment

As partners in life, but also in architecture, David and Saar personally guarantee their company. They both overlook the company and act as coordinating tandem for the entire team. They are the direct point of contact for every project and are also tangible, a plus for every cooperation.




'If you build it, they will come'

We stand for personality, honesty and integrity. We are immediately approachable and believe in the professionalism, efficiency and small scale of a traditional company. We believe in architecture with an integral sustainability and a convincing imagination that drives the design. We are fascinated by new technologies, circular economy, the transition to just sustainability and believe that it can be done differently. Now and not later.

We do not ask why, but why not?

We design and realize projects of all sizes: from urban master plans, industrial buildings, offices to residential (apartments, houses, large and small renovations), furniture and even light fittings.

Our work is an endless course of the same, as a broken scenario by David Lynch that seems to make sense.Out of the ordinary. We look and we do.

Think of something to build it.
Nothing more, but nothing less. 

People will come.




 Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS


Professional Office Management

The office can count on professional support that ensures that every project is continuously monitored from start to finish, in terms of content, finance and planning. For this purpose, the agency is equipped with specialized software such as XATRAX ARCHX and the MICROSOFT OFFICE 365 system, has its own SHAREPOINT PLATFORM that makes sharing documents with clients and contractors easier and more accessible. MICROSOFT PROJECT PRO software that enables dynamic planning models is used for the planning of each project. The bureau is also a member of various professional organizations that provide relevant support, such as the NAV, VIBE and WTCB. In short, the office likes to reach out to a digital future and is currently even exploring VIRTUAL REALITY.

In addition to this internal support, the office can count on years of experience and constructive collaborations with various external engineering firms such as Mouton, Util, Lime, Stedec (stability), VK engineering, Boydens, Tech3 (techniques), Daidalos-Peutz (acoustics, building physics) etc.

Their own years of concrete construction expertise in a very large office, in various projects, supplemented by this broad technical and practical support, ensure that every assignment, whatever scale and budget, can be realized in an extremely professional way - within timing and budget.


Bach & Numbers


Core business model

Every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach can be brought back to a fanatically organized system of numbers, a rational background: pure mathematics.
Dhooge & Meganck strongly believe in this tandem: architecture that is moving and whose figures are right, and this for every budget. Because there is no project without knocking figures. No number, no Bach



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Oude Dokken Ghent / New life on the skippers quay: pioneering sustainable urban development for 350 homes, including 4 residential towers

The architectural competition for the Oude Dokken was the organ point of David Dhooge for Stéphane Beel Architects. After an international competition David led the design team of architects, consisting of Stéphane Beel Architects, Maat designers, BLAF architects, Denc! Studio, Onix (Nl) and Pauwels landscape. Of course, this could not happen without the particularly ambitious objectives of the city itself, the vision of the project developers and all the consultancy and advisory bodies involved. The cooperation with project developers Re-vive, Van Haerents and Van Roey was therefore very constructive. The design therefore won only through the totality, the coherence of architects, engineering firm and project developers. Everyone came to each other's ground to create a historical project together.

The complexity of all tasks together, including designing a master plan with its own team, overseeing five architectural firms, maintaining contacts with engineering offices and project developers, (including contract negotiations, fees, etc.), and at the same time designing some buildings of the site architecture, including two concrete residential towers (high-rise), David had by that time become an all-round figure who likes to take on high degrees of complexity and in open dialogue with all parties involved. Only by working together, across the borders of each field, such projects can be brought to a successful conclusion. Think partner in all of this was Wim Vandendriessche, supplemented by a very talented team of employees.


Facts and figures

'New life in the Old Docks'
Laureate after international competition
Client: The City of Ghent, Sogent
Team: Re-vive, Van Haerents, Van Roey, Maes, Ingenium, etc.
Surface area:> 50,000m², 350 residential units with neighborhood facilities
Budget:> 55,000,000 €, excluding VAT and fees
Winner after competition, i.s.m Blaf architects, Onix architects, Denc! -studio, Maat designers and Michel Pauwels landscape design
Role: David Dhooge as senior partner / pen holder for Stéphane Beel Architects
Phase: land allocation application / building application
Contact person: Ms. Sofie Rédelé (Re-vive)





Post X: 125.000m² passive offices (Antwerp, Belgium)

After an architectural competition in 2006, the team of Stéphane Beel Architects, led by David Dhooge, was appointed to make a master plan for the development of the station area post X in Berchem, Antwerp. The special physical preconditions due to the location near the Ring, Singel, Station Berchem and Deurne airport caused additional complexity. For more than seven years, David was the main person responsible for this project, working closely with the team of the project developer IRET development, VK engineering, Stedec and all the services of the city, including the then city architect of Antwerp. This led to a plan of which part has already been realized. The site has almost ten individual buildings that are passive construction. , all completed after a thorough study on the most compact, functional core. This years-long exercise led to an extensive knowledge of master planning, concrete office building infrastructure, technical knowledge concerning large and high façade finishes and the paired detailing of pass facades, sustainable office techniques, flexible layouts in function of potential buyers / tenants etc. A maximum flexibility was always used to convince potential tenants or buyers of the potential of the site or an individual building. The buildings are arranged around an elongated public square that is delimited by a striking awning structure, which is the backbone of the master plan. Here too, a clear, clear line that defines the plan.

Facts and figures


IRET development

Post X

Vk engineering



Prison Make: Concept and realisation of four new prisons (Beveren, Belgium)

Following an international competition in 2009, David Dhooge and the team of Stéphane Beel Architects devised a concept for the construction of four new prisons at four different locations. Because the client (FOD Jusititie) assumed a classic, panoptic model (Ducpétiaux), there was unfortunately no room for maneuver to think about alternative forms of detention. Nevertheless, the specifications were all the more extensive, the complexity unseen and the challenge equally great. Aspects such as human safety, comfort, sport, relaxation, personnel, supplies, walks, courtroom, transport courts, easy way-finding, workshops and workshops etc all had to be combined in one clear design, with the emphasis on humanity, minimal walking routes, four seasonal gardens and a serene architecture in the form of precast concrete with staggered joints. We looked for one clear system, a design that has symbolic value in its simplicity and image, and that was also applicable to four completely different sites (inclined plane). terrain). The concept can be traced back to a clear schedule, the logo of which serves as signaling within the prison.

Facts and figures

CLIENT (+ contact person)
Buildings Agency - Prison Project Group, FPS Justice - DG EPI
BAM PPP Investments Belgium NV
David Dhooge as senior project manager for Stéphane Beel Architect bvba i.s.m. Jasper-Eyers Architects, Archivolt Architects
Stability, techniques: VK Engineering
Landscape: Lodewijk Baljon and Michel Pauwels Ontwerpbureau
Acoustics: Venac
Control and safety coordination: SECO

CONTRACTOR Interbuild - Galère
DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION 04/2012 - 01/2014


Prison of Beveren





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Saar Meganck



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