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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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Faculty B.E.W. Uhasselt in Belgium by Atelier Kempe Thill

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Article source: Atelier Kempe Thill

Atelier Kempe Thill has recently won the European competition for the new faculty building of business economics of the University of Hasselt in Belgium. The faculty building will have a size of approx. 12.000 m2 and will be built on the new city campus of the University close to the medieval city centre of Hasselt in Limburg, Belgium. The new building will contain a series of flexible lecture halls and offices spaces organized around a big atrium that will function as a social condenser for the 1500 students and employees of the faculty. Next to that the building will contain a 500-seat auditorium, and a pubic restaurant that will function as a hub for the entire city campus. According to the planning the building will be opened in 2019.

Image Courtesy © Atelier Kempe Thill

Image Courtesy © Atelier Kempe Thill

  • Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill
  • Project: Faculty B.E.W. Uhasselt
  • Location: Koning Boudewijnlaan, Hasselt, Belgium
  • Client: University of Hasselt, Hasselt / Belgium
  • Co-architect: TeamvanMeer! Hasselt
  • Status: 1th prize competition 2016

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Manneriehof- Single Family Timber residence in East Cantons, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

The site 

The land is situated close to a small village in the East Cantons. It runs at a steep gradient into a small valley enclosed by a wooded slope in the distance. The view is spectacular, showcasing a rural landscape. The visual and ecological quality of the site must be preserved and developed as far as possible.

Image Courtesy © Laurent BRANDAJS

Image Courtesy © Laurent BRANDAJS

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS
  • Project: Manneriehof- Single Family Timber residence
  • Location: Province of Liège, East Cantons, Belgium
  • Photography: Laurent BRANDAJS and Steven MASSART
  • Administrative Partner: Denis MELOTTE
  • Associates: E. LORAND, M. NAUDIN, S. TOURBACH, F. DEFRENNE
  • Topographical survey: De Ceuster & Associés
  • Main contractor: Maison Patze sprl.
  • Costs: 410 000 €
  • Gross Floor Area: 360 m²
  • Year: 2009 – 2012

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ETIE in Flanders, Belgium by Edouard Brunet and François Martens

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Article source: Edouard Brunet and François Martens

Attracted by the large garden and the tranquil environment of this house located a few kilometres away from Brussels, the new owners wished to carry out works to make it brighter and to open it up on the outside.

As they were ambivalent about the aesthetics of the existing house, part of the project was also to redesign the architectural expression, outside as well as inside, while keeping the original spirit. One of the childhood friends of the new owner put him in contact with architect François Martens who asked his colleague Edouard Brunet to team up with him.

Image Courtesy © Studio Dennis De Smet

Image Courtesy © Studio Dennis De Smet

  • Architects: Edouard Brunet and François Martens
  • Project: ETIE
  • Location: Flanders, Belgium
  • Photography: Studio Dennis De Smet
  • Construction companies:

    • General construction company: MATRIX PL sprl + ZUBER CONCEPT
    • Outside steelwork: ECOVITRE sprl
  • Stability engineer: MATRICHE sprl
  • Surface area: approx. 370m²
  • Year of construction: 2016

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TERWAGNE – Champ des Mottes in La Hulpe, Belgium by FORMa*

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Article source: FORMa* 

The building zone is situated at 5 meters distance of the lateral limits. On the street side, it’s aligned on the advanced parts of the houses on the west. Its depth is 15 meters. The Garden is oriented at the north-northeast.

Designed on the basis of the volumetric language and templates already present in the « Champ », the houses merge very well in the characteristic built environment of the « Champ des Mottes ».

Image Courtesy © Georges De Kinder

Image Courtesy © Georges De Kinder

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Les Hommes in Anversa, Belgium by Piuarch

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Article source: Piuarch

The Belgian brand LES HOMMES opens the first flagship store in Belgium in a 200sqm space in Antwerp, home town of the two creative directors Tom Notte e Bart Vandebosch.

The boutique- at 6 Arme Duivelstraat – it’s the second flagship store in Europe after the one in Milan Porta Nuova opened in 2014 and prelude an important expansion which foresees the opening of 15 new boutiques in Asia in 3 years time.

Like for Milan, the concept and the brand identity of the new boutique were developed by Piuarc, to whom the brand entrust the responsibility for the task to express in space, colours, geometries and materials the values and images that characterize its style.

Image Courtesy © Piuarch

Image Courtesy © Piuarch

  • Architects: Piuarch
  • Project: Les Hommes
  • Location: via Arme Duivelstraat 6, Anversa, Belgium
  • Client: Notte Vandebosch Milano SpA
  • Architectural design and furnishings: Piuarch. Francesco Fresa, Germán Fuenmayor, Gino Garbellini, Monica Tricario
  • Space: 200 mq
  • Year: 2016

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House Aartrijke in Zedelgem, Belgium by Atelier Tom Vanhee

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Article source: Atelier Tom Vanhee

The former farmhouse is situated in an agricultural area east of the village of Aartrijke, Belgium. The typology of the existing building will be used in a contemporary way to enlarge the dwelling. There will be two new volumes with a pitched roof slide against the existing volume. Two chimney shaped skylights will create light and a view on to the first floor. A third chimney will house the air outlet of the heat pump. Old and new collaborate together, but both will remain visible. The new volumes will be finished in wood. The old brick exterior will be felt inside when entering the house. The new stairs will be a reminder of the old mouldering stair that was removed. The buttresses and strips of brick in the floor show the former layout of the barn. The double height in the dwelling will make the living areas more spacious. A new preweathered zinc roof will connect the buildings into a whole. In addition to the replacement of the old joinery with new windows, the old volume will open up to the landscape on the rear side. The construction will be characterized by simple uniform windows according to the golden ratio.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: Atelier Tom Vanhee
  • Project: House Aartrijke – Transformation of a farmhouse to a low energy house
  • Location: Biesbeekstraat 3, Aartrijke, 8211  Zedelgem, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Study Stability: LIME (Less Is More Engineering), Ghent
  • Gross Floor Area: 318 m²
  • Design: 2012 – 2013
  • Execution: 2014 – 2016

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OostCampus in Oostkamp, Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

OostCampus is the seat of civic, administrative and social services of an area in the heart of the countryside around Bruges (Brugse Ommeland), a beautiful landscape outlined by rows of trees and canals, punctuated by residential castles built along the centuries by wealthy merchants from the neighbouring Flemish town, and enriched with discrete industrial parks with high end technology companies like Siemens, Tyco, Entropia Digital, or EADS.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos
  • Project: OostCampus
  • Location: Oostkamp, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Client: Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Oostkamp, Oostkamp City Hall (Gemeente Oostkamp), Oostkamp Social Services (OCMW)
  • Contractor: CEI De Meyer
  • Project Budget:
    • Building: 6.5 M€
    • Park: 1.3 M€
  • Surface:
    • Building: 11.000 m2
    • Park: 40.000 m2
  • Competition: 2008
  • Construction: February 2011 to March 2012
  • Inaugurated: 15 June 2012

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Academie MWD Dilbeek in Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos

The west part of the Dutch speaking belt around Brussels has an informal cultural capital in Dilbeek, home of the Westrand Cultural Centre and its various facilities. The Academie MWD reinforces this polarity, offering education in music, theatre and dance, as well as an auditorium-theatre.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzmán

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos
  • Project: Academie MWD Dilbeek
  • Location: Dilbeek, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzmán
  • Client: City of Dilbeek
  • Associate Architects: ELD partnership, Antwerp
  • Structure: Norbert Provoost, Ghent
  • Engineering: Ingenium, Bruges
  • Contractor: Kumpen
  • Site manager: Pieter Broekaert
  • Proj. budget: 5.3 M €
  • Final cost: 5.4 M €
  • Surface: 3554.76 m2
  • Competition: 2006
  • Construction: December 2010 – April 2012
  • Inaugurated: September 8, 2012

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