Hessenberg blocks, Nijmegen (2005–2010)
Hessenberg is an area in the inner city of Nijmegen with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Within a masterplan for the area by Bob van Reeth/AWG, biq developed four blocks that are randomly dispersed across the project site and sit on top of large shared underground car parks. Biq's buildings are based on plain facade principles. Dark grey engineering bricks form a solid podium. The upper storeys are in cream-coloured brick and have a gridded facade. Horizontal lintels are juxtaposed with brick piers, between which sit recessed brickwork panels containing the windows. All window frames are of champagne-coloured aluminium.
Langerak housing, Utrecht (2004–2009)
In the Utrecht suburb of Langerak, biq completed two blocks containing 240 units of affordable housing, at the very low cost of 650 euros/m2 (excl. VAT). All dwellings have at least one parking space in an underground car park. Higher volumes mark the ends of each block. The facades are finished with bronze-coloured aluminium window frames and sand-coloured brickwork with darker bricks marking the entrances, the podium and other levels. The blocks, which do not have recognizable fronts and backs, introduce the architecture of the city to the suburbs.
The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2001–2008)
Biq designed the extension and restoration of Bluecoat Chambers, the oldest building in Liverpool. It houses a number of art galleries, a theatre, a restaurant, shops and several workshops and practice spaces for artists.
Lakerlopen housing, Eindhoven (2004–2010)
Residents of the Lakerlopen garden suburb traditionally use the street for living. Biq has reconstructed one section of the district with houses lining a square, a courtyard, an alley, streets and a green boulevard. These conventional urban spaces are supported by equally conventional dwelling types. Corners and long facades are marked by special living arrangements: combined live-work units, accommodation for the intellectually handicapped and their carers. Cars are parked within the perimeter of the blocks.