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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE in ZWEVEGEM, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
November 2nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

In an ingenious way – the introduction of a ‘light street’ – this renovation project adds new life, light and space to this deep and dark former offi ce building. This indoor street is the walkway for all reception functions, as well as the supporting element of this energetic concept.

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  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE
  • Location: ZWEVEGEM, Belgium
  • Photography: Klaas Verdru
  • Client: Municipal Zwevegem

Team

  • EXÉCUTION: SILEGHEM & PARTNERS
  • ECOLOGICAL ASPECT: ESTER
  • Project director: Claude Labeeuw
  • Design architect: Arch. Steven Vanwildemeersch
  • Interior architect: Int. arch. Bart Decloedt

Status

  • Specified execution term: implementation by Sileghem & Partners
  • Actual execution term: implementation by Sileghem & Partners

Surfaces

  • Area surface: Land use of the building:
  • Gross floor area: 5.262 m²

Energy Performance [EPB]

  • E level: E30 – K level: K24

FINANCIAL DATA

  • Originally estimated budget: € 3.758.491,75
  • Contracted budget: € 5 678 645,23

Contractors

  • Closed shell construction: Detrac nv
  • Walls, ceilings and interior joinery: Bekaert Building Company nv
  • Floors, chape and patch work: Dé-bouw nv
  • Fixed furniture: De Grande Projects nv
  • Sanitary, HVAC: Develtere Chauffage nv
  • Electricity and data: Bryon nv
  • Lifts: Coopman Liften nv
  • Painting, curtains and signalisation: Van De Kerkhof bvba
  • Surroundings: Tuinen Descamps bvba

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Today, it seems irresponsible to not build in a sustainable way. In the use of materials, heating and insulation, this building has been designed following the principles of sustainable building. For example, the new shell – the wooden facade – is adaptable in function of energy and light.

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Also, a project is only a good project if it is spatially embedded in its surroundings. The location just outside the city centre was a challenge for the urban planners. The urban development concept starts from the idea of a fordable campus with three zones: a zone for culture, sports and administration. The way in which the indoor street of the building links up with the existing infrastructure also adds substantial value to this site. Both the commune’s services and the OCMW will be housed in this new building of 5000 m².

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