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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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Loft Brussels in Belgium by Design Kolenik

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Article source: Design Kolenik 

By transforming a former office in Brussels into a homely loft, Dutch interior and furniture designer Robert Kolenik shows how a spaciously set up industrial apartment can be decorated as a warm, comfortable home.

Thus the rising star among designers, known for his sustainable interiors, adds a new chapter to his portfolio of challenging, high-profile designs. Robert Kolenik garnered international renown when he designed a kitchen counter featuring a large aquarium, and a carport with built-in solar panels for recharging electric cars. He is also responsible for the interior design of various restaurants and hotels, such as the iconic round hotel beside the A2 in Amsterdam. Kolenik is known for his unique Eco Chic style, for which he uses natural and sustainable materials.

Image Courtesy © René van Dongen

Image Courtesy © René van Dongen

  • Architects: Design Kolenik
  • Project: Loft Brussels
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: René van Dongen

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House BM at M in Ghent, Belgium by architecten de vylder vinck taillieu bvba

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Article source: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu bvba 

Starting point is a plot with trees and a little gingerbread house on the edge of the site.

The key document is a survey map with the exact position and diameter of every tree.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: architecten de vylder vinck taillieu (Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu) in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem
  • Project: House BM at M
  • Location: Ghent, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Software used: Auto cad 2d
  • Design team: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck, Jo Taillieu, Joris Van Huychem, Lauren Dierickx, Sander Rutgers
  • Structural Engineering: Studiebureau Mouton bvba, Gent
  • Landscape: Patrick T’Hooft, The Flemish Primitives, Landegem and Paul Luttick
  • Contractor, shell of construction: Bouwonderneming Verfaillie bvba, Beernem
  • Contractor, carpentry: Martens bvba houten ramen en deuren, Sint-Laureins
  • Contractor, finishing: Van Eeghem bvba, Sint-Amandsberg
  • Contractor, furniture: Atelier Ternier bvba, Gent Atelier 7 bvba, Ronse
  • Area: 317 m2
  • Design phase:  2007 – 2011

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Charleroi Fire Station in Wallonia, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS 

INTRODUCTION

Considering the specific characteristics of the site, the architecture of the project is simple, contemporary, compact and functional (flow of people and vehicles) while offering an iconic and recognisable form, compatible with the firm tertiary character of the environment.

Image Courtesy © Marie-Françoise PLISSART

Image Courtesy © Marie-Françoise PLISSART

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS
  • Project: Charleroi Fire Station
  • Location: Rue de la Tombe , 112-6001 Charleroi- Marcinelle, Province of Hainaut , Wallonia , Belgium
  • Photography: Charlie DEAN, Marie-Françoise PLISSART, Simon SCHMITT
  • Software used: Autocad and Revit
  • Contracting Authority: Ville de Charleroi
  • Associate Partner: Olivier JOTTARD
  • Collaborateurs: Coline BAZIER, France DEFRENNE, Nathan DUVIVIER, Carol LIZIN
  • Associate Partner: Olivier JOTTARD, Blandine CAPELLE, Alexandro CHICHIZOLA
  • Budget19.926.291,67 €
  • Superstructure: 13.359 m²
  • Infrastructure: 6.362 m²
  • Construction Starts: 2014-09-01
  • Provisional Acceptance Of The Building: 2016-06-02

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The European Council and Council of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers

As a consequence of 2004 European enlargement, the Justus Lipsius building becomes too small for the council of the European1 (hereafter named the Council). According to the treaty of Nice, adopted in 2001, all European Council2 sessions are held in Brussels, which also generates new real estate needs. In order to respond to those, the Belgian State offered the Council to cede block A from the complex “Residence Palace” to make it the future seat of both the European Council and the Council, once this building renovated and adapted to its future owners’ needs.

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

Image Courtesy © Quentin Olbrechts

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers
  • Project: The European Council and Council of the European Union
  • Location: Rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Quentin Olbrechts, Georges MEURANT, Thierry Henrard, Jacques Ceyssens, Marie-Françoise Plissart, POLYGON graphics cvba – Stijn Stragier
  • Client: Belgian Buildings Agency
  • General Direction: Laurent VRIJDAGHS, Administrateur général 
  • Design Partner: Dr Ir Ridder Philippe SAMYN, architect & engineer
  • Associate Partners: Arch. Mehdi CHTOUROU, Ir-Arch. Jean-Charles PUECHBLANC
  • Budget: 240 M€ (value as of index January 2004)
  • Area: 53.815 sqm superstructure (including 9.271 sqm conference rooms, 27.163 sqm offices, 3.370 sqm pressroom and 8.375 sqm ceremonial rooms and restaurants)
  • Asbestos removal started: January 2008
  • Completed: June 2016

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The Botanic Center Bloom in Brussels, Belgium by Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Article source: Vincent Callebaut Architectures 

INTRODUCING METAMORPHOSIS & ENERGY SOLIDARITY

Metamorphosis means the transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly.

Metamorphosis doesn’t mean eradicating the past, but rather integrating the best of the past into our future.

Metamorphosis means privileging writing a story over another.

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Image Courtesy © Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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Villa CD -Tableland in Oostduinkerke, Belgium by OOA | Office O architects

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Article source: OOA | Office O architects

The house is situated in a residential allotment with “bungalow” houses from the early sixties, surrounded by dunes, not far from the Belgian seaside.

To bring the house into accordance with the surrounding houses and the enviroment and to answer to the building regulations, the design of the house was inspired by the bungalow typology. At first glance it looks like a single storey house.

Image Courtesy © Tim Van de Velde

Image Courtesy © Tim Van de Velde

  • Architects: OOA | Office O architects
  • Project: Villa CD -Tableland
  • Location: Oostduinkerke, Belgium
  • Photography: Tim Van de Velde
  • Head designer: Magalie Munters
  • Project architect: Hugo Crombez
  • Project period: 2011 – 2015

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Renovation Of 150 Housing Units – Le Foyer Bruxellois in Brussels, Belgium by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Article source: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS

The 6 buildings in the Minimes neighbourhood were designed in 1954 by architects and urban planners from the Alpha group. The architectural composition of these social housing units is elegant and the buildings were erected with great care.

Still, time has left its mark. The thermal insulation needs improving, and it is also important to equip all units with decent sanitary facilities.

Special care has been taken to respect the great simplicity and harmony of the existing buildings.

Image Courtesy © Bernard BOCCARA

Image Courtesy © Bernard BOCCARA

  • Architects: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS (André CHARON and Quentin OLBRECHTS)
  • Project: Renovation Of 150 Housing Units – Le Foyer Bruxellois
  • Location: Rue des Minimes, n° 107 to 137 and rue Notre Dame des Grâces, n° 3. 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Marie-Françoise PLISSART, Bernard BOCCARA
  • Client: BELIRIS – SPF Mobilité et Transport, S.C. Le Foyer Bruxellois
  • Building services: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers with FTI sa (A. Janssens, J. Michiels, Ph. Samyn)
  • Structural engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers with SETESCO sa (J. Schiffmann, Ph. Samyn, L. Sottiaux, M. Veraart)
  • Monitoring office: SECO scrl
  • Safety coordinator: H&S Consulting
  • General contractor: BAM Galère
  • Area: 12552 sqm
  • Year: 2001-2012

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