The aim of this project was to reactivate the unused spaces above stores in Ghent's shopping streets. The building with the listed facade, which until recently housed the C&A chain of shops, will be partially redeveloped and restored to its former glory. The project consists of converting and extending the shopping complex into a mixed-use project with (shell) retail space and a new 114-room hotel.
In anticipation of the construction of the 'European School V Brussels', the Belgian Buildings Agency held a (DBM-)competition for the construction of a temporary school on the parking lot of the former NATO headquarters in Haren.
The Wisselbeke neoclassical style castle site was repurposed as a care site by transforming the existing castle into residences with additional facilities and through the construction of assisted housing. In doing so the goal was to create contemporary yet timeless architecture designed for permanent residence. The presence of made-to-measure care added considerable surplus value to the project.
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 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 project is a mixed one in the centre of Ghent with shopping spaces over three floors (basement, ground floor and first floor) and 7 apartments around a communal roof garden on the second and third floor.
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.
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.
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.
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.