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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.

Accent Business Park – Hotel and office building [2014] in Roeselare, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
July 10th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

Context

The site is located at the important junction of the A17/E403 motorway and the N36 regional road. The master plan calls for a highly-concentrated built-up site that serves as a clear motorway reference point for the nearby city of Roeselare, a dynamic economic area in the heart of West Flanders. The office zone comes to the fore as a prominent economic landmark for the city.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: Accent Business Park – Hotel and office building [2014]
  • Location: Kwadestraat [hoek A17-Rijksweg] in Roeselare, Belgium
  • Photography: Klaas Verdru
  • Client: De Steenoven nv Steenovendreef 1 B-8840 Staden,  Accent Offices nv Doorniksewijk 103-105 B-8500 Kortrijk
  • Team: Arch. Tom Vandorpe [project director], Arch. Dieter Haemers [design architect], Arch. Jo Baeke [project architect], Int. arch. Katty Ghekiere [interior architect], Int. arch. Ciska Delboo [interior architect]
  • Gross floor area:
    • Hotel: 4.550 m²  with 88 rooms, including 8 long-stay rooms/suites, with 450 m² restaurant/bar/kitchen,with 600 m² conference facilities (conference rooms and auditorium)
    •  Office: 4.000 m² offices from 150 m²
    • Fitness centre: 350 m²
    • Basement on two levels: 150 car parking spaces, storage room and technical room (5.435 m²)

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

A phased approach was adopted to the area because of the ample availability of space and the long-term vision of its development. From the outset the architecture purposely exhibits a great diversity of facades and materials, partly to showcase instantly the considerable dynamics and partly to offer companies an opportunity to use their office to highlight their presence. The prime location and ample parking space make the entire site easily accessible.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Architecture

At a central position on the site there is a square with trees, with a hotel that also houses other collective amenities like a conference centre and a variety of services. This building is a pivotal link in the dynamics of the site of the Accent Business Park. There is considerable added value in terms of the living environment: these facilities are being made available to all users on the site. The hotel has 88 bedrooms plus conference rooms, an auditorium and a fitness centre. The building further accommodates office space of 4,000 m² and a two-level underground car park. The hotel and office have separate circulation zones enabling each part to function autonomously. The dark base supports a solid superstructure finished in polished concrete in three shades.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Engineering

A sustainable plan lies at the heart of this project: the building has a modular structure to allow flexible alterations to fit any new purposes given to it in the years ahead. Heat recovery is maximised in the hotel part of the building. The hotel windows have been sized to mitigate the risk of overheating.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Two indoor patios provide plenty of natural light in the rooms and bring tranquility into the building as a counterweight for the bustle on the site. The roof gardens on the indoor patios enhance water management and air quality and create a pleasant microclimate.

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

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Image Courtesy © Klaas Verdru

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