OFFICE has won the private competition for the construction of an olive oil mill on the Trebbio estate in Tuscany, IT. Responding to the aim to produce olive oil of excellent and organic quality, the project strives to provide a small-scale yet highly performing and state-of-art olive oil mill. The site is a UNESCO heritage site, because of the ‘Villa del Trebbio’, the first of the Medici residences outside of Florence, and possibly the first renaissance villa in the world. In this context, a spartan industrial building stands modestly in the middle of the olive groves as a simple square, where all it spaces act perfectly to each step taken in the process to produce the best organic olive oil. Machinery for production stand freely in the heigh ceiling space, a light weight mezzanine structure gives space to smaller office spaces and bottling rooms, while on top guest are invited for a tasting of the excellent olive oil produced. An inclined, circular roof, scattered with rocks extracted from the surrounding fields lays on the efficient square building. Floating parallel to the topography of the landscape, this circular form becomes the main facade of the building, and provides as a contemporary addition in a unique yet fragile surrounding of heritage nature and architecture. Eventually, the guests are invited on top of this circular roof, allowing them to enjoy the view of the heritage site while experiencing the taste of the oil created from the resources of the very land. Continue reading OFFICE
Office KGDVS wins brewery 2.0, an architecture competition to install a XXIst century brewery, with a capacity of 35.000 hectoliters, the equivalent of 10 million bottles per year. All of its production, including the permanent beers brewed so far by its brewing partner, will be brought back to Brussels, while the Dansaert microbrewery, which focuses on ephemeral beers, will also be kept to focus further on experimentation. Continue reading OFFICE
OFFICE is currently working on a mixed-use project for Yale Union, a Portland, Oregon (US) based contemporary art centre. Located on a seismic active zone, the existing brick buildings built in the early 1900’s prove to become structurally insufficient for today’s standards, and will need a so-called ‘seismic upgrade’. A new tower, containing a series of flexible rentable spaces as apartments, offices and artist studios, will provide both structural and financial support to the renovation of the existing complex. Under the new volume, a large outdoor space open towards the street defines a new public interface for the complex: a room for Yale Union.
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