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  7. The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur

  • 09:00 - 20 November, 2017
The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur
© Toon Grobet
© Toon Grobet

© Flos&Beeldpunt © Toon Grobet © Flos&Beeldpunt © Toon Grobet + 17

© Toon Grobet
© Toon Grobet

Quality of life
'The waterdog' is a state-of-the-art workspace where working almost becomes a spiritual experience. No more dull and unimaginative offices; be inspired by a challenging working environment where past, present and future are inextricably linked. By stacking the different offices and spreading out the various departments across different floors, a constant sense of dynamism is created in the workspace.

The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur, © Marc Scheepers
© Marc Scheepers

Feel good
One of the most important requirements at the start of the design process was to reopen the historic building to the public.

This was achieved by creating a big open space at the heart of the old chapel. By stacking offices in a box-like fashion, the necessary space was freed up to create an engaging and multifunctional space, which can be used for a broad spectrum of urban activities.

© Flos&Beeldpunt
© Flos&Beeldpunt

This way, a building that has had many functionalities in the past and which has played a crucial part in the lives of so many, can once again come to live and serve an entire community.

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"The Waterdog" is first and foremost an architecture office. In that capacity, the office will be used to further develop Belgium's architectural future. Whether it's a residential, retail or office space, "Clearchitecture" consistently strives to design a pleasant environment for its clients, through carefully designed contemporary architecture.

By opening the building to the wider public, it will be possible to host a wide range of events. A such, the building can act as a source of inspiration for all its visitors, of whom, hopefully, many will leave inspired.

© Toon Grobet
© Toon Grobet

Design research
From start to finish, the design process involved finding creative solutions to the typical challenges posed by renovating a historical building. Due to the chapel’s status as a listed building, the renovation project was bound by several limitations. For instance, it was vital the historical character of the building remained intact. This was achieved by erecting a brand-new construction from scratch, completely separate from the historic building. The new construction stands in sharp contrast with the old, which walls still tell the story of its past.

© Toon Grobet
© Toon Grobet

The decision was made to preserve the old building in its full glory, in its entirety, despite it being heavily affected by the ravages of time. Any restoration of the existing structures would cause irreversible damage to and be a detriment to its rich past.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The Waterdog / Klaarchitectuur" 20 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/883767/the-waterdog-klaarcitectuur/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Marc Scheepers

The Waterdog 办公室,斑驳旧墙间的时代新生 / Klaarchitectuur