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MAISON MEDIA HUIS . Brussels

OFFICE . MAISON MEDIA HUIS . Brussels afasia (1)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

This building, situated at the very entrance of the new Mediapark in Brussels, is to house various entities related to media and broadcasting. Instead of one large building which accommodates all of these entities, Maison Media Huis proposes to stack three buildings, each of which are planned pragmatically in relation to the program it holds, on top of each other. While a large box supports broadcast production on the bottom, the scale of the building decreases on the top, providing media offices and rentable work spaces respectively. From afar, this pyramid formation of the assembly of these buildings makes a specific figure that becomes immediately recognizable, while the roof-top of each building becomes a new ground-floor for the next, providing greenery, panoramic view, a pleasant workspace for production along with a clear address point for each building. Its slender volume allows maximum energy in light into the interior environment, and techniques are fed through the logic of columns provided on the perimeter of the buildings. And as such, the ensemble leaves its space to maximum flexibility in a plug&play modus, leaving the necessary space to react to the ever-changing future of media in contemporary times. Continue reading OFFICE

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Tondo . Brussels

OFFICE . Tondo . Brussels (1)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

‘Tondo’ is a footbridge that connects the House of Representatives’ offices with its recent extensions, the new Forum Building, on the other side of the Leuvensestraat in the centre of Brussels. The bridge was explicitly designed as a spatial element, rather than a technical solution. Named after the tradition of the ‘Tondo’, a circular renaissance painting, it’s shaped like a ring, and tucked between the two facades. There is a generous walk around an enclosed outer space, which also functions as an escape and meeting space. At the same time, the ‘detour’ also allows the height difference between both buildings to be bridged by means of a single, accessible slope of 4%. Towards the city, the bridge shows itself as a ‘closed’ element, in the tradition of, for example, the Bridge of Sighs. Coated with mirrored panels, they reflect the facades of both the Forum building and Parliament. From closer she shows through the opening a subtle view of the passages between the two buildings. Structurally, the bridge can be described as a stiff disc, the roof, on which the floor hangs with a minimal presence of structure: a near ephemeral pavilion between the buildings. Viewed from above, however, the sculptural beam game of the structure is visible: an ‘eye’ on the world. Continue reading OFFICE

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LES HALLES GÉNÉREUSES . Bordeaux

OFFICE . LES HALLES GÉNÉREUSES . Bordeaux afasia (1)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen . atmoslab

Les Halles Généreuses is the winning proposal for a durable and large-scale industrial complex in Blanquefort near Bordeaux (FR), organised by FAB (La Fabrique de Bordeaux Métropole). The 20 000 m² project, features a set of multipurpose and flexible production halls, joined in an elongated elliptical floor plan, and crossed by green transversal axes. The building will be the first stage of a sustainable industrial site ‘Ecoparc’. The building measures the scale of an industrial complex in relation to its surrounding landscape. The proportions of the building become territorial. The volume is composed of a series of warehouses separated by shared functional zones, making for a compact but porous building. The rounded perimeter facilitates access and by simple subdivisions creates a clear and easy use. The inner streets serve as common areas where various activities can be organised: parking areas, daily deliveries, a clear business address, etc. A light pergola structure transforms this industrial zone into a qualitative indoor space that also regulates the neighbouring office spaces by climatically regulated roofs and cross ventilation. Continue reading OFFICE