The planned developments in the centre of Hamme, under the name of ‘Hamme 2020’, are very ambitious. The project is an important step following the strategy of shaping the future of Hamme. It contains a redevelopment of the ‘Nieuwstraat’, implementing a new underground parking garage, the renewal of the town hall and administration centre, a family home and the renovation of the old hospital into three residences.
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 school campus is located in the centre of the city of Ninove, on a green strip in the middle of a closed building block. This green oasis offers space to three GO!-schools: a kindergarten and primary school, a middle school and a secondary school (athenaeum). The schools were dealing with an enormous shortage of classrooms, which threatened to fill the open space with temporary containers. The assignment consisted of drawing up a master plan for the future development of the entire campus and the construction of several new school buildings and sports infrastructure.
The client’s ambition was to build a large amount of social housing as well as private homes, both with underground parking, surrounded by a collective garden accessible to the public. This wasn’t an easy task as the topography of the site, as well as the urban plan ‘BPA Westelijke Spoorweggeul’, imposed certain parameters and limitations to the site.
This project is part of the ambitious master plan ‘Hamme 2020’, which is a framework for a total redevelopment of the centre of the town of Hamme. The reconversion plan contains some crucial interventions towards improving the residential quality of both inhabitants and visitors by redesigning the public space and creating a commercial area that reinforces retail activity in the heart of the town.
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. The building complex consists mainly of research laboratories, offices and auditoriums.
From Ghent’s ring road the first sight of the hospital AZ Sint-Lucas one gets is the multi-storey car park. For this reason the design devotes a lot of attention to the atmosphere and appearance of the site. The project zone is split into two parts, with the high capacity car park distributed over two buildings.
The City of Oudenaarde wanted to make its city centre a pleasant meeting place. From inquiries with the residents, it turned out that less traffic and a pleasant place to stay were the high on the wish list for most people. The masterplan provides an answer to these preconditions without losing sight of the overall picture.
The KU Leuven Campus in Bruges is a collaboration of KU Leuven and local partner VIVES. The building is home to the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET) and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the esplanade combines the various new developments on campus. The KU Leuven Campus thus serves as an entry point to the wider campus cluster when approaching from the nearby train station.
This new office building along the Kortrijksesteenweg in the green Sint-Denijs-Westrem area includes a notary’s office and a studio. The building is a solid brick volume characterized by volumetric incisions and strategically placed windows. The glass ‘lantern’ at the top of the stairwell forms a minimalist light beacon along the busy road The façade opens onto the street side via the ground floor foyer and welcomes visitors along a forecourt. This creates great visibility and transparency. On the rear facade, both the deed rooms and the offices can enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape garden with its old trees.
Belval is a brownfieldsite west of Esch-sur-Alzette. After a masterplan of Jo Coenen, it was redeveloped to a new city area with housing, offices, leisure and the University of Luxembourg. The design and the execution were the product of a close collaboration of ABSCIS architecten and FABECK architectes (Koerich, Luxemburg). The project is executed in 2 phases. In this first phase, ‘Maison des Sciences Humaines’ was built. The second phase contains 4 residential towers.
Towards the end of the market square in Deinze, the existing villa ’Neerleie’ will make way on the square ‘Kongoplein’ for a new, improved way of living in the city. The remarkable placement on the Kongoplein, characterized by a large roundabout with a beautiful fountain, announces main road of the town centre. This allows the site to become a new entrance gate for Deinze, which requires careful attention for the appearance of the building.