CharacteristicsHand-made, highly frost resistant, class A1 fire reaction
The fresh-looking Wasserstrich ‘linea 7036’ facing brick from Vande Moortel fits perfectly within the design of the iconic Residentie ‘Orion’ on the outskirts of Dendermonde.
|Architect||Reid Senepart architecten|
|Facing Bricks||linea 7036|
|Processing||glued random bond|
Residentie Orion is located in an extremely visible spot at a prominent intersection on a main access road leading into the city of Dendermonde and within walking distance of the Grote Markt. The spacious south-facing garden looks out onto the Oude Dender river.
The developer and the architect wanted to realize a project that besides its functionality, could add value for the city in terms of architecture and perception, not only for users but also for passers-by. The vision was to put quality first in terms of both the use of materials, the plan of approach and the architecture.
In terms of typology, the building itself consists of 3 main sections:
The roof level is set back and is realized solely in glass or in aluminum folded plate in order to make the whole volume look lighter and to make the penthouse feel more secure.
The first two floors suggest a floating volume. The choice of Vande Moortel brick as the predominant material here strengthens the volume effect which continues even more strongly in the architecture at the side and at the back. The openings in the façade are generous and extend from floor to ceiling in each case.
From the front, the ground floor with two practice rooms and access to the residential units above has a business-like appearance. This is visually emphasized in the materials chosen: predominantly glass and aluminum folded plate.
At the back, the ground floor is on a lower level on account of its function. Because the building needed to be more uniform when viewed from the garden and the practice rooms needed to be less legible, the brick was extended here. This created space to start working with the terraces above as hollowed-out sculptures and as suspended volumes in brick. This gives the desired shading effect to the south-facing maximized open-plan living areas but also creates the necessary uniformity across the rear façade at the same time.
Linea 7036 Brick
Brick is extremely durable and timeless. The thin and long shape of Vande Moortel's linea 7036 accentuates the building’s strong architectural lines and was used to create the ‘strips’ between the windows in the front façade and the rear terraces.
The scale of the building called for a light-colored facing brick to give it a fresh feel. Wasserstrich demonstrates its pure character best when glued in a random bond. Its green-beige color blends in perfectly with the countryside beyond and is extremely beautiful and soft when combined with the sleek and neutral look of the anthracite joinery.
The architect searched for a special interpretation in order to give the whole a luxurious appearance, without there being too much of a contrast with the actual color of the brick. Consequently, the champagne-colored profiles in anodized aluminum emerged as the ideal match with the green-grey Hand-Made linea 7036.
It was important for the architects that all the cantilevers were developed visually in the same brick in order to maintain uniformity in the building. The sculpture or the volume effect of the architecture is optimally enhanced as a result. With a number of strong protruding volumes, this was made technically possible by starting to cut the bricks into brick slips to ease the load. This created an extremely expressive whole.