CharacteristicsHighly frost resistant, Class A1 Fire Reaction, Class S2 Active Soluble Salts
Colors7036 (Mid- Grey)
Sizes240mm x 76mm x 38mm (LxBxH)
Residentie Orion is located in an extremely desirable and also very visible spot at one of the main intersections on a main access road leading into the city of Dendermonde, Belgium. Both the developer and the architect wanted to realise a project that was functional but could also provide architectural value for the city to be experienced by the residents and passers-by. The vision was to put quality first in terms of both the use of materials, the plan of approach and the architecture.
The building itself is a modern apartment building, consisting of 3 main sections: head, body and foot. The foot – or the ground floor – with two practice rooms and the accesses to the residential units above has a business-like appearance. This is visually emphasised in the materials chosen: predominantly glass and aluminium folded plate.
The body – or the first two floors – suggest a floating volume. The choice of brick as the predominant material here also 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. The interpretation between and sometimes in front of the windows provides the necessary privacy in the form of anodised aluminium folded plate. At the back, the ground floor is on a lower level on account of its function.
The architects - Reid Senepart architecten - chose a light-colored facing brick in a random bond to give a fresh feel and to offset the scale of the building. The selected brick, linea 7036 from Vande Moortel is in a mid-grey tone that blends in with the green countryside beyond. It is durable and timeless which benefits both the users and the environment. The thin and long shape of 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, for example. The architect describes the selected bricks as soft and beautiful that combines well with the look of the anthracite joinery.
It was very important to the architects that all the cantilevers were developed visually in the same brick in order to maintain uniformity in the modern apartment 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 cutting the bricks into brick slips which serves to ease the load. This created an extremely expressive whole wth a cohesive formal and material language.