2016 - 2017 Merelbeke

Abscis Architecten - frontal view on the neoclassical castle - photography Jeroen Verrecht

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.

Abscis Architecten - volume study

volume study

Abscis Architecten - tension between the old and the new - photography Jeroen Verrecht

tension between the old and the new - photography Jeroen Verrecht

The goal was to create contemporary yet timeless architecture designed for permanent residence

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Abscis Architecten - new buildings were placed around the old trees - photography Jeroen Verrecht

new buildings were placed around the old trees - photography Jeroen Verrecht

The project is designed for older people who wish to live comfortably, assured of health and safety and at the same wish to remain completely independent. The project has close ties with the village community of Merelbeke but is also attractive for older people from Ghent and its surroundings.

The Wisselbeke castle site consists of its neoclassical style castle, its wooded grounds and its former coach houses. During its transformation into a care site a number of issues were discovered in relation to the coach houses that could have seriously jeopardized the whole development. Because of the their limited size and position which would have rendered access to the new site impossible, the houses had to be demolished to make way for new constructions. The goal in approaching these new buildings was to create contemporary yet timeless architecture designed for permanent residence. Care was taken to comply with the legal requirements and norms for assisted housing.

Abscis Architecten - photography Jeroen Verrecht

photography Jeroen Verrecht

Abscis Architecten - ground plan implantation and surroundings - Abscis Architecten

ground plan implantation and surroundings - Abscis Architecten

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Abscis Architecten - centrally located, multifunctional informal space where a complementary set of services is offered - photography Jeroen Verrecht

centrally located, multifunctional informal space where a complementary set of services is offered - photography Jeroen Verrecht

Abscis Architecten - landscape garden - photography Jeroen Verrecht

landscape garden - photography Jeroen Verrecht

Abscis Architecten - entrance from the street - photography Jeroen Verrecht

entrance from the street - photography Jeroen Verrecht

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