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For Abscis Architecten, the city is the collective space in which contemporary society manifests and develops, with its history, dynamics and diversity, and its wealth of places and particularities that we cherish and take care of. The city as foundation for human activity is never absolute and can always be improved by means of organisation and efficiency.
The Ledeganck complex was erected in 1960 after a design by architect Jules Trenteseau for the faculty of sciences at the university of Gent. The tower has 12 floors and is placed perpendicularly on a plinth where students and researchers enter the building. The tower itself is one of the most striking buildings in Ghent that rises above the 50-meter limit. Ambitious measures regarding safety, environmental legislation, fire evacuation, techniques and laboratory equipment were urged to allow the building to resume its progressive character of the 1960s. A master plan made by Abscis Architecten summarized the measures to be taken when it came to accessibility, flexibility, continuity of use, functional organization and self-orientation.
The Mater Dei site of the PCGS Psychiatric Centre in Sleidinge includes a park garden and is surrounded by greenery and farmland. In addition to various departments for adults, the Sister house (‘Zusterhuis’), which houses administration and therapy facilities for young people, is also located here. The new Yidam & Yügen project, together with the sister house, the children's farm and a recreation area for sports, games and recreation, will form a completely independent youth campus. The current youth residential groups are currently scattered among adult wards.