The ‘Co-center’ was built in the early 20’s as a cooperative building. Due to mismanagement it went into deterioration. The historical commonplace gradually became a city cancer, hidden in a residential block. This heritage was very particular. A combination of industrial architecture, with a richly decorated facade, and an inner courtyard. Construction partners combined their expertise for the realization of 57 assisted living apartments and 2 apartments with common facilities.
▼1号入口，entrance 1 © Tim Van de Velde
▼2号入口，entrance 2 © Tim Van de Velde
▼分析图，diagram © Tim Van de Velde
Building parts were broken out to bring in light. Floor plates were removed and replaced to align the different levels. All roofs were renewed, structures strengthened, dilapidated volumes were demolished. The buildings were stripped to the bare essentials. The respect for the heritage was great. The industrial brick architecture around the inner courtyard was restored and the impressive chimney was rebuild. The faded soul gradually returned. The unique site became attractive again. The heritage is now futureproof. According to the architect and builder, this renovation is an example of sustainability. After all, demolition would generate too much waste. The context was valorized and improved. Walls, floors and roofs are now thermally insulated, and all technical installations have been renewed. It is a compact and energy-friendly building with a small ecological footprint. Almost energy neutral.
▼重建中的烟囱，the chimney in reconstruction © Tim Van de Velde
BIM was used to maintain an overview of the complexity. Both in the design phase and during the construction. But the main purpose is the comfort of the residents. Integral accessibility, reliable techniques and acoustic and thermal comfort are essential for the elderly. And they even get much more, because the designers added a unique experience. The architectural walk through the building leads you through past and future, with ever-changing impressions and views. The whole project is spacious with fascinating views of the surroundings, the inner courtyard and gardens. Comfort also includes excellent service and care. The residents have a cafeteria, a hairdressing salon, a laundry and a fitness room and there are many meeting places. Everyone must feel at home and safe!
▼宽敞的内庭院，spacious inner courtyard © Tim Van de Velde
▼狭长的外廊，long outdoor corridors © Tim Van de Velde
▼白色金属搭配砖材，white metal matching the bricks © Tim Van de Velde
▼外廊内部新旧对比明显 © Tim Van de Velde
clear contrast between the old and the new in the corridor
The new architectural elements are mainly white colored. The distinctive passerels and footbridges are eyecatchers. White metal matches the bricks, and also the shades of gray of concrete and cementation and plaster. The designers wanted to highlight the patina. The new brick surfaces and volumes fit into this color palette as well.
▼独特的连廊，distinctive footbridges © Tim Van de Velde
▼灰色调的材质，gray materials © Tim Van de Velde
▼从连廊望向邻里，view from the corridor to the neighborhood © Tim Van de Velde
▼从连廊望向公寓，view from the corridor to the apartment © Tim Van de Velde
▼透过天井望向远处的教堂，view to the distant church through the patio © Tim Van de Velde
▼结构框架结合新旧材质，structural frame with new and old materials © Tim Van de Velde
The execution of this complex reconversion in an enclosed building block proceeded in a good relationship with the numerous neighbors. At least they are rid of the degenerated building they looked on. This intervention is a catalyst for the upgrade of the entire district. The designers took full advantage of the genius loci. A hidden gem on the coast, with a turbulent history and a carefree future.
▼入口大堂，entrance hall © Tim Van de Velde
▼平面图，plan © Declerck-Daels Architecten
▼剖面图，section © Declerck-Daels Architecten
Project Name: COOST housing project
Office Name: Declerck-Daels, Architecten
Office Website: www.declerck-daels.be
Contact email: email@example.com
Firm Location: Roeselare, Belgium
Completion Year: 2020
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2): 7.500 m2
Project location: Ostend, Belgium
Program: Conversion of former CO-center into 57 assisted living places and 2 apartments
Lead Architects: Bernard Declerck
Lead Architects e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credits: Tim Van de Velde Photography
Photographer’s Website: www.tvdv.be
Photographer’s e-mail: email@example.com