MOROBÉ is opening its second flagship boutique, this time in the heart of bustling Antwerp. The Belgian luxury label is setting up shop in a majestic town house on Arenbergstraat, which used to be home to Cocodrillo. Designer Virginie MOROBÉ and her partner and CFO David Damman commissioned Glenn Sestig Architects for the renovation and interior design, following their successful collaboration for the MOROBÉ boutique in Knokke. The Ghent-based architecture firm has gracefully imbued this iconic Antwerp building with MOROBÉ’s seaside esprit.

Behind the historic facade there is a sculptural architectural specimen, expanding across 250 square metres, designed by Glenn Sestig Architects. The imposing building unites raw, concrete surfaces with calming, geometric compositions, previously designed by Glenn Sestig Architects following a commission by Cocodrillo. For the new occupants, Glenn Sestig was happy to take on the challenge of completely merging MOROBÉ’s unique identity into this earlier design. This has been done successfully, and delivered with clout. While retaining the concrete elements, the firm has added custom features in line with the character and unapologetic seaside style of MOROBÉ. Glenn Sestig Architects were better positioned than anyone else to build on the signature look of the flagship boutique in Knokke.

The new MOROBÉ store opened its doors on 17 December at Arenbergstraat 2, 2018 Antwerp.