Het Gielsbos / Dierendonckblancke Architects

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  • Architects: Dierendonckblancke Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3905
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Filip Dujardin
  • Collaborators: Simon Vermote, Sarah Bijtebier, Lore Verheyleweghen, Delphine Van Aerde, Pierre De Brun, Sara Callebaut, Catherine Pyck, Lisa Lu
  • Landscape Design: Denis Dujardin
  • Structure: Studieburo Mouton
  • Technics: Studiebureau Boydens
  • Acoustics: Daidalos Peutz
  • Art Integration: Jos Devriendt
  • Art Integration: Jos Devriendt
  • City: Lille
  • Country: Belgium
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Text description provided by the architects. Het Gielsbos is an existing care facility for people with severe mental disabilities, located on large, green, public domain within the municipality of Gierle. This project includes the design of a masterplan to replace the outdated pavilions that houses the residents and to design seven new homes.

Dwellings Site Plan

Previously, the site was cut in half by a central axis, from which a network of smaller roads branched out without any clear hierarchy. All pavilions were situated in the northern half of the site. 

Het Gielsbos / Dierendonckblancke Architects - Windows
© Filip Dujardin

The master plan suggests making better use of the whole domain by replacing this central axis by a loop road that would connect six new residential clusters, located over the whole site, with the existing administrative and sports facilities.
The loop roads facilitates efficient on-site logistic movements by bike, foot or (occasionally) motorized traffic, e.g. for a doctor's visit, mail delivery or the distribution of meals. 

Het Gielsbos / Dierendonckblancke Architects - Chair, Windows
© Filip Dujardin

The new residential clusters consist of five interconnected pavilions or ‘homes’, situated on both sides of the loop road. When the road passes through a cluster, it widens and becomes a public courtyard for the pavilions around it. All activity on the courtyard is visible from the living rooms of each home: the courtyard becomes a lively communal and logistic space. Each home functions more or less independently, but is connected with the adjacent ones to facilitate internal logistics for care workers.

Section Dwelling Type 1
Section Dwelling Type 2

The homes each consist of five volumes with pitched roofs, built around a small central patio. The play of volumes, the configuration of the homes around a central courtyard and the small-size residential clusters help create the perception of a real residential environment, rather than a care institution.

Het Gielsbos / Dierendonckblancke Architects - Windows, Facade
© Filip Dujardin

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Address:Vosselaarseweg, 2275 Lille, Belgium

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Cite: "Het Gielsbos / Dierendonckblancke Architects" 02 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/801939/het-gielsbos-dierendonckblancke-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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