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Competition Entry: OYO's Kortrijk Campus Scheme Awarded Second Prize

Competition Entry: OYO's Kortrijk Campus Scheme Awarded Second Prize
Competition Entry: OYO's Kortrijk Campus Scheme Awarded Second Prize, © OYO – Open Y Office
© OYO – Open Y Office

OYO - Open Y Office, together with Arch&Teco, has received second prize among nine participants in an invited competition for a new Howest campus building in Kortrijk.

“We envision this new campus as an interactive field where we catch the classrooms in the middle; conceived as areas of focus. This field contains lecture rooms, informal meeting spaces, restaurant, bar, shop and lounge areas and wraps around the area of focus; connecting the park all the way up to the roof garden where students, teachers, alumni, companies and neighbors are invited to shop and exchange knowledge.”

Park. Image © OYO – Open Y Office © OYO – Open Y Office Interior "Loop". Image © OYO – Open Y Office Roof Garden . Image © OYO – Open Y Office + 21

© OYO – Open Y Office
© OYO – Open Y Office
IClassroom View. Image © OYO – Open Y Office
IClassroom View. Image © OYO – Open Y Office

With the challenge to translate the client’s ambition to position itself as a sustainable and vibrant knowledge center, the scheme works as a student “biotope” in which provides spaces for individual and communal growth. 

“The building should be 24/7, adaptable, and translated into a flexible typology where its users can shop knowledge, process that knowledge, redevelop and re-display their work on the continuous knowledge track wrapping inside the building,” explained OYO. “A key element of the concept is to perceive the building maximum fordable throughout the micro-habitats of the students. Cross-pollination is strongly encouraged that way.”

Interior "Loop". Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Interior "Loop". Image © OYO – Open Y Office

An activated green space is wrapped around the slabs, interweaving the park through each floor. This creates a series of “green pockets” throughout the campus building forming public squares, terraces and garden space offer healthy and stimulating study environments. 

Roof Garden . Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Roof Garden . Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Axonometric . Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Axonometric . Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Park. Image © OYO – Open Y Office
Park. Image © OYO – Open Y Office

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Competition Entry: OYO's Kortrijk Campus Scheme Awarded Second Prize" 12 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/556364/competition-entry-oyo-s-kortrijk-campus-scheme-awarded-second-prize/> ISSN 0719-8884