Goddeeris Headquarters by DDM Architectuur & BHOOM Creative Design unit

A fluid planning strategy for efficient and flexible workplaces

Project Specs


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The client is an installation company for HVAC and industrial piping that has been experiencing accelerated growth in recent years. Their existing “collection” of company buildings in the center of Roeselare was no longer sufficient and they needed to move to a new location to allow further growth and to build an efficient and employee-friendly environment.

▼建筑概览,project overview


Every day, around 120 people work at Goddeeris for the installation of HVAC and piping. About 20 of them handle the head office while the others shuttle between the new headquarters and the different construction sites. The building program comprises of 850 m2 of office space for engineers, managers and project leaders plus social spaces for the entire team, a 1500m2 warehouse area for equipment delivery and storage and almost 1800m2 covered parking for commercial vehicles, big and small.

▼轴测示意图,explanatory axon


On the basis of the briefing of the everyday activities in the new headquarters, spatial organization charts and vehicular circulation strategies were developed. Given the nature of the activity, priority was given to the traffic on the site. Every morning vans leave the site and return by the evening to load and unload in preparation for the next business day. During the day there are supply trucks delivering materials to be processed.

▼建筑外观,exterior view


Optimum traffic flow required large turning spaces that would greatly limit the maximum dimensions of an orthogonal building. In order to maximize the built-up area, while accommodating necessary driveways and turns, a fluid planning strategy was developed. The ambition to spatially extend this fluidity with undulating roofs would have had an adverse impact on the budget. Instead, the plan was extruded vertically and organic volumes were cut within to enhance the fluidity.

▼场地中置入了有机的体量以增强流动性,the plan was extruded vertically and organic volumes were cut within to enhance the fluidity

▼入口台阶细部,entrance step detail


▼办公区享受北面开阔的景象, the workspace enjoys the view of the open fields to the north

The office and warehouse are located in the rear part of the plot while the parking shed occupies the front. This allows the workspace to enjoy the view of the open fields to the north while monitoring the vehicles entering and leaving the site. Loading and unloading takes place under the overhangs that form a connection between the “rear building” and “front building” while limiting the sun in the generously glazed office spaces.

▼装卸工作在悬挑的屋檐下进行,loading and unloading takes place under the overhangs

▼细部,detailed view


▼场地平面图,site plan

The building had to accommodate evolving organizational forms. For example, it was ideal for teams to be able to assemble and group according to necessity. This led to a free plan with flexible workplaces. The meeting space between the workplace and office forms the heart of the company. It is the place where the ‘office meets the field’ before leaving to the worksites and after their return to the headquarters.

▼集会空间,meeting space


A basic ambient lighting level of 200lux is supplemented with individual workplace lighting built into the mobile office furniture specially developed for this project. The frame above the desk creates an individual cocoon in the open space. The curved shape of the worktop makes clustering possible without imposing any direction.

▼室内概览,interior view


▼弧形的桌面可以促进小组之间的自由组合,the curved shape of the worktop makes clustering possible without imposing any direction

▼吸声的天花板和家具, sound absorptive ceilings and furniture


By strongly focusing on acoustics through soft floor covering and sound absorptive ceilings and furniture, a quiet workplace was achieved that allowed employees to work individually or as a team without disturbing or being disturbed.

▼办公室地面以柔软的材料铺设,office area with soft floor covering

▼楼梯细部,stair detail

▼洗手间,rest room


General Information
Project Name: Goddeeris Headquarters
Architecture Firm: DDM Architectuur & BHOOM Creative Design unit
Website: http://ddmarchitectuur.be , http://bhoom.be/
Contact e-mail:info@ddmarchitectuur.be , info@bhoom.eu
Firm Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 4150 SQM
Project location: Roeselare, Belgium
Lead Architects:Dirk De Meyer & Gerd Couckhuyt
Lead Architects e-mail: dirk@ddmarchitectuur.be , gerd@bhoom.eu
Media Provider
Photo credits: Lenzer
Photographer’s website: http://www.lenzer.be/nl
Photographer’s e-mail: info@lenzer.be
Drawings:DDM architectuur
Additional Credits
Design Team: Dirk De Meyer, Gerd Couckhuyt, Annelies De Keersmaecker, Somya Suneja, Angelo Vandecasteele, Rasya Kumar
Clients: Goddeeris Nv
Ovenhoek 26, 8800 Roeselare, Belgium
Structural Engineering: Boydens Engineering
Landscape: Studio Verde

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