the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Institutional Buildings
  4. Belgium
  5. Lensass Architects
  6. 2010
  7. Droogloodsen / Lensass Architects

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Droogloodsen / Lensass Architects

  • 00:00 - 24 May, 2012
Droogloodsen / Lensass Architects
Droogloodsen / Lensass Architects, © Philippe van Gelooven
© Philippe van Gelooven

© Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven © Philippe van Gelooven + 27

Text description provided by the architects. Heritage

The drying sheds on the ‘Tuileries du Littoral’ site in Kortrijk were established in 1924 by Ernest Dumolin. The residual heat of the tile works’ baking ovens was pushed through a two-layered floor into the hangars where the pressed and wet roof tiles were dried. This principle was widely copied in many foreign countries. In the mid-sixties, the sheds were replaced by modern installations.

© Philippe van Gelooven
© Philippe van Gelooven

This place is a lieu de mémoire (site of memory). People have lived and worked here, and have consequentially become attached to the architecture and its surroundings. The visual impact of this ‘near-ruins’ on the landscape becomes the architectural motivation to preserve this industrial heritage in its pristine splendour. By placing a steel bracing structure in the sheds, and thus ensuring their stability, it became possible to give the building a new purpose.

© Philippe van Gelooven
© Philippe van Gelooven

The conservation of the building, the choice of a precise colour scheme, the custom-made window frames, and the recessed new window frames, reconcile the ruin’s history with its new function. Incidentally, the original windows were not designed to man-size height and a standard floor level in the building takes up one and a half story. The connection with this building is so intense, that the Koramic-Terca-Wienerberger group will again relocate its offices to this heritage-rich location.

© Philippe van Gelooven
© Philippe van Gelooven

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Droogloodsen / Lensass Architects" 24 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/237087/droogloodsen-lensass-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments