In search of central digs for its recently amalgamated municipalities, Oostkamp bought an old coke factory - complete with an 11,000 square meter industrial shed - in Belgium. Madrid-based Carlos Arroyo won an international competition to transform the place into a sustainable office complex that leaves the existing building almost entirely intact. Completed in June this year, the rehabilitated space now features an interior shell of "clouds" made with GRG that is only 7mm thick, along with a series of modular office clusters that serve different functions.
By leaving the existing building alone, Arroyo has dramatically reduced the project’s carbon footprint, and it cost just one third of what a new build would have required. The cloud shell creates a more inviting space that serves a variety of vital public services, while the municipality’s commitment to transparency has resulted in an open plan defined by clusters of workspaces that can be reconfigured as the need arises. Many of the finishings are comprised of recycled materials or CNC-cut boards and energy efficiency is achieved in part by the “thermal onion.”
Outside, the building was revitalized with a fresh coat of paint on one side, and a bicycle parking area under a curious tree-like canopy. Just five minutes outside of the center of town, OostCampus is a landmark new building for the city located very close to Bruges which demonstrates an clear and uncompromising dedication to sustainable urban development.
Via Arch Daily
Photos © Miguel de Guzmán