Dirk Somers creates fictional city from fifty recently completed Flemish buildings

Dirk Somers, founder of Antwerp studio Bovenbouw Architectuur, created a “fictional, yet recognisable” Flemish city named Composite Presence for the Belgian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

Composite Presence was constructed from 50 models of recent projects in Brussels and Flanders – a region in northern Belgium – that were completed by 45 contemporary architecture studios that are displayed at 7:100 scale.

The models have been placed together in miniature neighbourhoods that visitors to the Venice Architecture Biennale can walk amongst to experience the fantasy city.

The exhibition contains models of buildings by 45 studios

“The scenography explores how architecture

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