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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.

SCHOOL FOR ORNAMENTAL METALWORK AND BLACKSMITHING AND ERLECHT in Anderlecht, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
March 31st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

The new building houses both courses – ornamental metalwork and blacksmithing – in order to provide the students (adult education and evening classes) with all modern comforts while creating a showcase for the craft. The plot is located on a site with two other schools, the CVO and the Erasmus University College, which form a campus. With its compact form, the new school similarly inhabits the space. The plot was selected so that the rest of the site can be used as a green area.

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  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: SCHOOL FOR ORNAMENTAL METALWORK AND BLACKSMITHING AND ERLECHT
  • Location: Corner Materiaalstraat, Albert I-square, Flinsdreef, B-1070 Anderlecht
  • Photography: Bart Heijnens
  • Client: GO! Onderwij s van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
  • Status:
    • Specified execution term: 250 working days
    • Actual execution term: 250 working days
    • Handover date: completed on September 15, 2014

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Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I © Bart Heijnens

  • Surfaces: 
    • Area surface: 31.557 m²
    • Land use of the building: 1.148,62 m²
    • Gross floor area: 1.536,57 m²
  • Team: 
    • IN COLLABORATION WITH ISTEMA [TECHNIQUES]
    • Arch. Geert Blervacq [project director]
    • Arch. Xavier Callens [design architect]
    • Arch. Lore De Baere [design architect]
    • Arch. Steven Martin [project architect]
    • Arch. Virgine De Somer [project architect]
    • Int.arch. Bart Decloedt [interior architect]
    • Landscape arch. + urban planner Frank Van Oost [landscape architect]
    • Landscape arch Kobe Vanhaeren [landscape architect]
    • François Braem [stabilité]
  • E level: E70
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Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I © Bart Heijnens

Architecture

The new school comprises a platform of approximately 1,525m² and is based on the patio model for reasons of security and noise control. Transparent sectional doors are employed to allow views of the patio and between the various forges.

The chosen form enables efficient and shared use of the technical areas and installations. The building has a concrete plinth of 1m20. The rest of the facade and roof is covered by a copper-coloured lacquered steel plate: the metal colour creates a link with the crafts. The copper gives the building presence on the campus without it appearing too industrial. The windows are of black painted aluminum.

Variation in the shape of the roof reflects the industrial past of the area and provides architectural interest.

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Engineering
The roof design has the additional advantage of providing maximum natural light and optional natural ventilation for the building. The large windows ensure optimal natural light but also provides a view of the inside to a passerby. The school wants an energy efficient building that meets the E70 standard.

The building isl be fully accessible for disabled visitors. The majority of facilities (forges, toilets, staff room, classroom) are found on the ground floor. Changing rooms, showers and two further classrooms are situated on the duplex floor, which is accessible via a lift with wheelchair access.

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Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I © Bart Heijnens

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