A love declaration to ornamentation
At the entrance square of a cosy garden village in Oostende, the local housing cooperation wishes to build a new apartment block for elderly people. The story of our design lies within its reaction to the surroundings. We propose a building that in its larger scale functions as a beacon for the neighbourhood. Yet, it also connects to the surroundings by reworking the recognisable ornaments that adorn the facades of the houses next door.
The layout of the plan is composed of a generous entrance hall with space for a chat with the neighbours and a bench to wait for visitors. This hall leads to ten apartments. All representative spaces of the apartments face the square. Large windows to the floors provide a nice view onto the garden village.
The office was founded in 2010 in Rotterdam. We design narrative architecture that tells the story of the assignment at hand. A story with different layers: that of the context, a response to building tradition, the wishes of our client, sustainable applications and technical opportunities. The architecture surprises with imagination. Our work reaches from transformations to public spaces like a Performative Space in Eindhoven, and from building a multi-family house in Amsterdam to researching our practice and writing stories about it.
Partners: Elsbeth Ronner, Lilith van Assem
Employees: Joppe Douma (2018), Madeleine Mans (2016 - 2018), Jimmy Stegeman (2016), Dirk Gonzáles Veugelers (2016), André Cramer (2014), Clémence Boru (2013), Anne de Ruyter (2012)
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