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Incubator . WAREGEM

OFFICE . Incubator . WAREGEM (1)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen . photos: © Bas Princen . divisare

This building, commissioned by the Provincial Development Company of West-Flanders, will provide rentable working and production spaces for four young companies in various fields of work. It is the only common building of the allotment of private companies and thus needs to express that position. For that reason, the building is at once very ‘box-like’ and archetypical but also elegant and refined, to set an example of economy of means and public engagement. Continue reading OFFICE

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25 Rooms . INNER MONGOLIA

Office . 25 Rooms .  INNER MONGOLIA (1)

Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen . + divisare

The design for a 1000 m2 residence is reduced to the design of just one component, a room: a rectangular space with four entrances and no prescribed function. The room receives its individual character only through its ceiling height and its relative position in the house. Twenty-four identical rooms are organised over three storeys, each time forming an enfilade around a central atrium. Because the building is sunken into the ground, only the top storey can be seen in the residential neighbourhood, like the tip of an iceberg. The inner garden is the actual outdoor space of the house, which tempers the harsh climate. All of the rooms are oriented to this sheltered interior garden. Two flights of stairs, which stand in the middle of the room like a piece of furniture, provide the connection between the storeys. The luxurious aspect of this residence is not in an extravagant form or use of materials, but in the abundance of spaces. The enigmatic 25th room on the roof is for the attendant: a lookout post on a thick wall. Continue reading Office

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Cadix Housing Complex . Antwerp

OFFICE . Cadix Housing Complex . Antwerp (1)

OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen . photos: © Filip Dujardin

Housing Complex (Cadix) is an apartment building on four levels with 11 units and 2 commercial spaces. The building is a part of a collective design of a building block amongst four architecture practices. The project formulates a nuanced answer to the current question of sustainable living, on the edge of the city. The block creates an inner courtyard, providing a space away from the city, while the flush, highly reflective facades facing the water edge of the Escault river engages with its surroundings. In OFFICE’s building, large cantilevered balconies break up the static, rigorous facade and reference the warehouse typology with projections reaching out towards the water. Generous window openings and double doors between the rooms allow for a great sensation of both volume and flexibility of use. The project complies with the requirements of Passivhaus for minimizing the energy consumption of future inhabitants. Continue reading OFFICE