Workplace Nete houses the administrative offices of a window producer on a riverside plot next to the company’;s workshop, so Wil-Ma and Wastiau raised it on stilts to safeguard it from flooding, and give it a lighter physical appearance.
“Simply because of the office’;s place between a residential cluster and a protected natural landscape, raising the constructing over the ground was also a fantastic way to soften its presence in the surroundings,” Wil-Ma advised Dezeen.
The stilts have been angled as a subtle reference to the irregularity of the surrounding trees and meandering Grote Nete river, and dark coloured bricks have been utilized to make the office look much more like contemporary houses in the instant spot.
“We attempted to cushion the impact through architecture,” mentioned the architects. “The workplace is meant to resemble a residence. Employing brick as the outer skin was one particular way we have been able to develop this impression.”
At the back, by the river, the upper and reduce storeys diverge at opposite angles, which generates a covered terrace on the ground floor and an open-air terrace on the initial floor. An overhang at the front also generates a covered location for automobiles and the entrance.
“At some point throughout the style method, we were so impressed with the dynamic elegance of the Grote Nete river and its normal surroundings that this irrational pondering took hold. The constructing just desired to look outward, so we designed accordingly,” mentioned the architects. “Whatever it appears like, it seems alive.”
The steel-framed constructing has an open-prepare office and WC on the ground floor, and 2 offices on the initial floor, with a WC, showers and a dressing space for staff in between them. Polished concrete flooring has been utilised throughout.
Photography is by Stijn Bollaert.
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Workplace Nete, Westerlo, Belgium
The steel construction allows the constructing to float over the landscape, resulting in a subtle, but confident, presence amid its surroundings.Site plan – click for greater picture
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