MIDRAS / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten

© Julien Lanoo Photographs

Architects: GRAUX & BAEYENS architects
Location: Dendermondsesteenweg 333b – 9070 ,
Client: Builthings
Building contractor: Builthings
Construction year: 2009-2010
Square meters: 825.5 sqm
Photographs: Julien Lanoo Photographs

© Julien Lanoo Photographs

The existing situation consists of a central volume flanked by two uniform wings.

The assignment was to transform the central volume into a dynamic office building with a housing-unit. At the frontside of the building the architects chose not to break the strong horizontality but to enhance it instead by creating a balanced composition of stacked white volumes. The spacing between these massive volumes and the recessed windows creates an interesting number of vistas.

© Julien Lanoo Photographs

In strong contrast with the existing wings of the building nothing of the interior organization is given away from the outside: the volume protects itself from the busy road situated in front of it. The interior organization is composed in a manner to allow a maximum amount of natural daylight into the building, between the two 10meter high walls separating the central volume from the adjacent buildings.

© Julien Lanoo Photographs

The office is located on the ground floor, level -1 and level +1. The penthouse with terraces stretches out from front to back on the upper floor .

On the backside a 3 story high lightshaft is brought into the building while at the frontside a void separates level +1 from the façade and creates a relation with the underlying floors.

-1 floor plan

On the ground level two staircases connect to floor -1 in a way that it becomes fully a part of the office.

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Cite: "MIDRAS / GRAUX & BAEYENS architecten" 08 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=195532>
  • Fudge

    Please tell me thats not a step at the bottom of the ramp

  • meama

    @Fudge: don’t worry it’s belgium, we like this kind of little joke :)