A unique building

deSingel LuchtfotodeSingel, originally designed by the architect Léon Stynen (1899-1990), radiates a timeless architectural quality.
Stynen formulated an infrastructure which is unique in Flanders: a place where international ensembles can pursue their work in optimal conditions, where an interaction between different disciplines - architecture, music, theatre and dance - is thoroughly interwoven with the building's overall concept.

More on Léon Stynen and the deSingel in history of the building.


multi-functional infrastructure

The artists-in-residence have a large-scale infrastructure at their disposal:

  • The Blue Hall (Blauwe Zaal)
  • The Red Hall (Rode Zaal)
  • The lobby areas/exhibition spaces
  • The Small Hall (Kleine Zaal)
  • The Black Hall (Zwarte Zaal)

OverzichtZalen 2007

performing arts campus

The international centre for the arts - deSingel internationaal kunstcentrum - is just one of the institutions operating in this building. Around five hundred students attend the Conservatory/College of Drama, Music and Dance. There is also the Postgraduate College of the Performing Arts, which runs two courses: theatre design and APT (Arts, Performance, Theatricality). The Flanders Architecture Institute, the focal point for architecture in Flanders, has also found refuge here. These independent institutions will determine the future shape of 'instruction-production-presentation', as the essential trinity of artistic work in the building.
The deSingel also houses Radio 2 Antwerp, the regional studio of Radio 2.

vooraanzicht deSingel 1999 © Jan Kempenaers trappenhal


deSingel has plans to build a new building designed by the architect
Stéphane Beel (b. 1955). The extension will be an annex to the present complex. For deSingel, this new building includes a café-restaurant, an exhibition space, a multi-media space, a bookshop, a theatre workshop, a dance studio and rehearsal rooms for the music ensembles.

More about Stéphane Beel and the deSingel in history of the building.