San Martino / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Facade, DeckSan Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - ChairSan Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Image 4 of 17San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Image 5 of 17San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - More Images+ 12

  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Martine Neirynck
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Alfa CT, Bouwgroep VandeWalle
San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Forest
© Martine Neirynck

Text description provided by the architects. Somewhere in between the misty meadows of Nevele, on the corner of a newly developed business compound, lies the company of San Martino in the form of a long concrete volume.

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Image 4 of 17
© Martine Neirynck

San Martino is a fashion house that styles several clothing brands, develops collections and organises logistics towards specialised clothing shops, inside and across the Belgium border. On the ground floor the building contains office space for administration and development, two showrooms, a dispatching area, and a hangar for storage. On the first floor there is a third showroom with storage and a series of multifunctional spaces for holding receptions, meeting with clients, developing the collections, etc. The open spaces on the first floor are organised around a central patio, making it a bright flexible whole that embrace the possibility of new functions towards the future.

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Facade, Deck
© Martine Neirynck

The compact nature of the building, the excessive use of isolation, the blocking of the sun by using canopies and vertical concrete slabs, the low energy consuming heating & ventilation & lighting design all contribute to the fact that this is a Co2 neutral building.

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Image 5 of 17
© Martine Neirynck

Sitting on the corner of the compound, the building is directed towards the acces road as well as the entry road of the compound. 

Floor Plans

Towards the entry road, the building is fully transparent, allowing a visual contact with the outside and allowing a maximum of light to interact with for the office space on the ground floor, and the multifunctional areas on the first floor. The ground floor is inclined towards the first floor in order to avoid the south sun from heating up the office space

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Chair, Beam
© Martine Neirynck

The side of the building has a more semi-transparent character, allowing only a glimpse to be seen of the showrooms behind. A series of concrete slabs form the skin of a deeper lying glass façade. In between the access road and the fragmented wall, a buffer of a miscellaneous tree formation incorporate the building in its surroundings. The fragmented wall is in fact a projection of this tree formation. Approaching the building from the access road, the same patterns of the miscellaneous trees in front are to be seen in the concrete skin. This principal refers to the techniques that are being applied for developing new textures & patterns in fashion.

San Martino  / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects - Facade, Windows
© Martine Neirynck

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Address:Nevele, Belgium

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Cite: "San Martino / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects" 21 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

© Martine Neirynck

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