The temporary association 'Bart Macken Eef Boeckx Partnership, C+S Architects Limited' will design the new office building for the intermunicipal company Leiedal. The new building will be erected on Leiedal's current car park and will provide space for 150 people.
Bart Macken Eef Boeckx Partnership, C+S Architects Limited's starting point for the implantation of the new building is the history of the site and the vanished square farmstead with its moat. With the small footprint and garden layout, they want to restore the natural surroundings and original landscape as much as possible.
The team embraced the concept of a massive building and elaborated the principle of thick, massive facades in form. The building can be described as a large brick sculpture with few references to a classic office building.
A thick building envelope surrounds a central open core. Small meeting rooms and service areas are accommodated in the core. The core can be arranged flexibly, depending on the needs of the user. By using recycled bricks, the team also wants to connect to the history of the brick industry in this region.
The client's objective of low-tech construction is certainly met by this design. In the further elaboration, techniques such as a BEO field, concrete core activation and ventilation can be integrated if necessary.