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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.

KBC BANK – MARTELARENPLEIN in Leuven, Belgium by Crepain Binst Architecture nv

 
February 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Crepain Binst Architecture nv

In order to achieve a beautifully bordered off station square, an area of 210 m² was conceded between the signal box and the underpass of the ring road in order to build a building of 6m x 35m x 16.5m high.

Since the footprint was too narrow to accommodate the programme of a fully-fledged bank office, we conceived a 10m overhang on the first floor. This design immediately radiates the architectural force of  the building, which has been built exclusively in clear and black enamelled glass with vertical uprights around the 2 highest floors. As a result, the internal functions are discretely shielded from the context.

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

  • Architects: Crepain Binst Architecture nv
  • Project: KBC BANK – MARTELARENPLEIN
  • Location: Leuven, Belgium
  • Photography: Crepain Binst Architecture nv
  • Proprietor: KBC Bank
  • Project Manager: Lieven Louwyck, Ellen Vanhole
  • Collaborators: Thomas Cols, Pablo Barrera, Eva De Clerck
  • Interior architects: Filip Deslee, An Steyaerts
  • Stability: Bas bvba
  • Engineering: CES nv
  • General contractor 1: Vooruitzicht nv
  • General contractor 2: Interbuild nv
  • Start design: April 2006
  • Start execution: Augustus 2007
  • Temporary completion: Maart 2009
  • Final completion: Maart 2010
  • Building surface: 210 m2
  • Total surface: 970 m2
  • Number, m2 office space: 265 m2
  • Number, m2 commercial room: 210 m2
  • BUILDING SUM: € 4.700.000,- (excl btw – ereloon)

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

The ground floor is the cashpoint zone and the first floor a fully-fledged bank office, while the higher floors house internal functions. The uppermost floor offers an exclusive PR/exhibition space with a covered terrace.

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

Image Courtesy © Crepain Binst Architecture

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