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House QM in Gistel, Belgium by OOA | Office O architects

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Article source: OOA | Office O architects

House QM answers the building regulations in a different and “twisted” way.

House QM is situated in a new allotment that exists out of square plots of the same size, with the same building regulations; houses must recoil 5m of every side of the terrain, have 2 levels and must have a flat or sloped roof.

Image Courtesy © Tim Van de Velde

  • Architects: OOA | Office O architects
  • Project: House QM
  • Location: Gistel, Belgium
  • Photography: Tim Van de Velde
  • Head designer: Magalie Munters
  • Project period: 2013-2016

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Astro Tower in Brussels, Belgium by Estudio Lamela

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Article source: Estudio Lamela

Today the Astro Tower in Brussels (Belgium) is presented, which after its renovationled by Estudio Lamela and its Belgianpartners Altiplan Architects—becomes Europe’s tallest green building in terms of energy consumption and savings. The project represents the profoundrefurbishment of an icon of the city to respond to the requirements of sustainability required by a 21st century city. At the same time, it renews the skyline of the city. “When we won the contest in 2010, we opted forcompletely rehabilitating the building from the original structure and preserving its essence. To do this, we replaced the facades with others that provide more luminosity and, more importantly, we gained the energy control of the tower, affirms Carlos Lamela, director of Estudio Lamela.

Image Courtesy © George de Kinder

  • Architects: Estudio Lamela
  • Project: Astro Tower
  • Location: 1210 SaintJosse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: George de Kinder
  • Client: FG EURO GREEN 1 SA / until March 2016: BANCO SANTANDER
  • TenantActiris
  • Partner: Altiplan Architects
  • Budget: € 55 million
  • Surface area: 52,600 m2
  • Project Dates: 2010-2016

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VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS and GARDEN COTTAGE in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium by De Smet Vermeulen architecten

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Article source: De Smet Vermeulen architecten

PASTORAL MEMORIES, revisited

The opposition between cities and countryside in Flanders has increasingly become a mental rather than a physical one. A long-standing anti-urban policy has led to a thorough contamination – i.e. urbanization – of the Flemish countryside. Multiple networks connect locations irrespective of their urban or rural status, enabling ever more frequent movements, eroding physical boundaries, merging it all into a semi-urban pattern we call the Nebular City. Inside this Nebular City, rurality has become less a fact than a choice, less a self-evident tradition than a mental construction. It is the architect’s task to design this mental construction.

Image Courtesy © De Smet Vermeulen architecten

  • Architects: De Smet Vermeulen architecten
  • Project: VILLA BRAECKMAN-STAELS
  • Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks (The garden cottage)
  • Villa Braeckman-Staels: Axel Cayman, Henk De Smet, Marleen Goethals, Tom Thys, Paul Vermeulen, 1996-2000
  • Garden cottage Braeckman-Staels: Henk De Smet, Nikolaj De Meulder, Paul Vermeulen, 2011-2013

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The Town Hall of Harelbeke in Belgium by Dehullu Architects

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Article source: Dehullu Architects  

The works that have been conducted are part of a masterplan that was developped in 2007.

Due to the growing needs of the city services, the Town Hall was looking for an extension of their site.  In order to anticipate these growing needs a masterplan was developped.  In this plan the historic site of a 19th century flax-factory was incorporated in the new site of the Town Hall.  Redevelopping the new site, a new entrance building was designed, centrally located between two existing historically valuable buildings.

Image Courtesy © Dehullu Architects

  • Architects: Dehullu Architects
  • Project: The Town Hall
  • Location: Marktstraat 29, 8530 Harelbeke, Belgium
  • Software used:  Autocad (autodesk)
  • Structural engineer: Dehullu Architects & Lieven Vangeluwe
  • Engineer HVAC & electricity: Studiebureau Clauwaert
  • Surface: 1000 m²
  • Construction year: 2010 – 2011

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Fosbury & Sons Co-Work in Antwerp, Belgium by Going East

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Article source: Going East

‘The renaissance of work’

Fosbury & Sons has taken up residence in the WATT-tower in Antwerp, a building by legendary modernist architect Léon Stynen. On the impressive first floor Fosbury & Sons founders Stijn Geeraets and Maarten Van Gool have launched a new and high-quality way of working, ‘the renaissance of work’, focussing on the needs of today’s generation. Fosbury & Sons is an inspiring and professional workplace where entrepreneurs, digital nomads and larger companies come together and benefit from all kinds of additional services. As a member, you will enjoy the comfort of a professional office, with the welcome warmth of your living room, the services and looks of a hotel and the fun of your free time. The impressive 3000 m² area was decorated by the Antwerp-based architects Going East.

Image Courtesy © Going East

  • Architects: Going East
  • Project: Fosbury & Sons Co-Work
  • Location: Antwerp, Belgium

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Charles Malis in Brussels, Belgium by LD2 architecture + Stéphanie Willocx Architecte + MAMOUT architectes

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Article source: MAMOUT architectes 

The building is located in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a multicultural and dense municipality situated in the north part of Brussels, Belgium

The assignment for the competition was to transform an industrial site into a local city-hall branch including a waiting room, 12 counters and administration offices. The existing building used to be part of a complex for the production of cigarettes, which has been largely demolished in the past decades. Nowadays only two volumes remain along the rue Charles Malis.

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  • Architects: LD2 architecture + Stéphanie Willocx Architecte + MAMOUT architectes
  • Project: Charles Malis
  • Location: rue Charles Malis 40, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean 1080, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: studio fiftyfifty
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
  • Owner: Municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean
  • Structure: MOBAT Engineering
  • Techniques: GTD Engineering
  • Construction Company: Gillion construct
  • Gross area: 990m²
  • Construction time: 2015-2016

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Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures

1. TOUR ET TAXIS: TOWARDS A MIXED-USE ECO-NEIGHBORHOOD

Whereas most developing countries can write their future starting from a blank slate, European cities face the challenge of transforming their built heritage to secure their energy, social and economic transition towards post-carbon, circular and interdependent urban living.

It means being determined to act as forward thinkers, and to bring our new project “Tour & Taxis” into the 21st century in terms of uses, technological progress, social innovation, and sustainable building principles. Today’s architecture is capable of implementing “energy solidarity” between a piece of architectural heritage — industrial in this case — and a contemporary project. The latter provides the necessary energy to the former by integrating renewable energies, thus limiting carbon emissions as recommended by the COP 21.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

  • Architects: Vincent Callebaut Architectures
  • Project: Tour & Taxis
  • Location: Tour & Taxis, Brussels, Belgium
  • Client: Extensa, T&T Project S.A.
  • Program: 85 000 M² Housing (Zone B) + 50 000 M² Office + Retail + Leisure (Gare Maritime)
  • Surface Area: 135 000 M²
  • Status : W.I.P.

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TDH in Grimbergen, Belgium by i.s.m.architecten

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Article source: i.s.m.architecten

“This freestanding family house to the north of Brussels, is situated on a plot which due to its irregular shape remained unsold for a long period of time.

The base shape of this house is an offset of this particular form.

Image Courtesy © Luis Díaz Díaz

  • Architects: i.s.m.architecten (icw Bataille & ibens,Vander Elst,Wantiez)
  • Project: TDH
  • Location: Grimbergen, Belgium
  • Photography: Luis Díaz Díaz
  • Interior architecture: i.s.m.architecten
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf De Hauwere
  • Structural engineering: util
  • Completion: 2014

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#48 Zero Energy in Geel, Belgium by Skilpod + UAU Collectiv

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Article source: UAU Collectiv

The growing demand for and interest in new forms of living together inspired a Belgian entrepreneurial duo to develop the product Skilpod. A Skilpod is a mobile and modular housing construction that attaches great importance to its energetic properties but that is also always searching for progressive and diverse designs. By means of modular architecture Skilpod searches for a combination of flexibility and energy efficiency. The module is completely built and finished in the Skilpod-studio and subsequently transported and placed on the site. As a result the Skilpod is also moveable to a new location at a later time. The housing constructions are built out of a timber frame structure of CLT, Cross Laminated Timber, and fully isolated with a layer of rock wool insulation. In a Skilpod all techniques can be integrated that are used in a traditional house or office. Application of solar panels, heat pumps, ventilation systems, home automation systems etc. is possible, tailored to the user requirements.

Image Courtesy © Skilpod + UAU Collectiv

  • Architects: Skilpod + UAU Collectiv
  • Project: #48 Zero Energy
  • Location: Geel, Belgium
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Google SketchUp

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Bunga Low – low energy refurbishment of a sixties bungalow in Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Belgium by urbain architectencollectief

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Article source: urbain architectencollectief 

In this project a solitary sixties bungalow with a gentle sloped roof was refurbished and extended.

A new clear plan was distilled from the existing, with a maximum relation with the garden.

The existing rooms on the northern facade of the bungalow were adjusted in order to form a functional strip, serving as entrance hall, bathroom, storage rooms and a private office space. The living spaces were aligned in an open space along the southern facade, benefiting from large windows that give acces to morning and afternoon terraces and the garden. Two furniture elements divide the open space: a fireplace and a kitchen cabinet.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: urbain architectencollectief
  • Project: Bunga Low – low energy refurbishment of a sixties bungalow
  • Location: Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin, Ghent, Belgium
  • Lead Architects: David Niville, David Claus, Dieter Delbaere
  • Structural engineer: Sileghem & Partners, Zwevegem, Belgium
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 240 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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