COURSE: As Found - Design Studio 2
SCHOOL: KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture - Campus Sint-Lucas Gent
Project developed with Andoni Rodriguez, Bram Boelens, Katar Anna
ADVISOR: Prof. Laurens Bekemans
(from BC Architects & Studies)
LOCATION: Ghent, Belgium
archicad, autocad, photoshop, illustrator
The "As Found" design studio had as objective to learn how to design sustainable and fragile interventions in the city of Ghent (within the ’19th century belt’), aiming to discover the essence of a place. The students were asked to search a significant place where acting in redundancy was possible (without defined program). The attitude to be learned was that reading and understanding the place in a profound way can lead to a sustainable project.
After an extensive visit to different locations in the city of Ghent, we decided to intervene in a parking lot, which had an old metal roof structure from when it was the "établissements textiles Fernand Hanus". Each location ‘calls’ for a specific interpretation and program and in the case of the site we start from the palimpsest metaphor to be able to interpret the different layers of interventions over time and what would be the next layers to be added.
An important exercise was the critical definition of the program, opting for a minimal and calculated impact approach, we proposed - after extensive research - the activation of the site during the night hours through small interventions that would facilitate its use, such as the renovation of an old warehouse, remnants of the 19th century factory, in a coffee, as well as the conversion of the parking area into an open-air cinema and other recreational uses.
Understand the fragile essence of a place and learn about the relationship between the context and the architectural program can lead to a simple and obvious architectural project that fortifies the chosen spot, adds value to the environment by removing redundancy while adding respectful contextual interventions, acting in a conscious and coherent way.
the site as found
“Je vous salue, ruines solitaires, tombeaux saints, murs silencieux! C’est vous que j’invoque! (...) Combien d’utiles leçons, de réflexions touchantes ou fortes n’offrez-vous pas à l’esprit que vous sait consulter!”
“Hail, solitary ruin,! holy sepulchres,
and silent walls! you I invoke! (...)
What useful lessons!What affecting and profound reflections you suggest to those who knows how to consult you!”
― C-F Chasseboeuf, Comte de
Volney, Les ruines, 1792
functions over time
stages of intervention
plans of interventions