When redesigning the offices for construction company Van Tornhaut, the GEO Centre in Aalter was the perfect setting to design new offices from scratch.
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.
The task to design this new facility was created by a collective desire to collate a number of existing Human Science libraries, formally spread across various Antwerp University Campuses (in and around the town centre) into one central location.