In the heart of the city of Aalst, the former Theresian Convent, the Saint-Theresa Chapel and the beautiful gardenpark, were revived. The site was transformed into a mixed project with multi-story family dwellings and a publicly accessible multipurpose hall - and a green oasis to rest in.
The decision to merge several school groups in Lokeren led to a general reorganisation of various school sites in Lokeren.
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.
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 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.
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.
Two historical retail properties at a unique location in the heart of Gent (Korenmarkt) are revived with a mixed project that combines retail and residences. It was the perfect opportunity to optimise the retail space as well as to redevelop the vacant upper floors with their authentic interiors and stunning city views, into apartments. Combining renovation with new construction, the two corner premises are merged into one project: a spacious two-level shop and five apartments centred around a communal patio on the upper floors.
This project consists of three essential parts: a passive multi-functional building, the sustainable city square with awning and underground car park. All components have been realised in a Public-Private Partnership.
The former post office site in Aalst was a mixture of industrial buildings of the former ‘Filature du Canal’. The “Filatures& Urban Fabric(s): Masterplan stationsomgeving Aalst” masterplan, designed by the Christian Kieckens Architects, started from a site conversion, whilst keeping the main building of the former mill in the Manchester building along the Vaartstraat.