In the third Bachelor studio Architecture & construction an emphasis was put on both construction and experience. The assignment consisted of the design of a number of spaces brought together by a spacial concept, both served and serving, using a timber construction.
The plot of the project is situated in Mechelen. It is mainly surrounded by private housing and bound by rear façades. A typical small urban canal to the front and historical workers’ dwellings to the back compliment the tranquil atmosphere of the environment. Traditionally, these historical workers’ dwellings were grouped around a street or square that could be closed off at night.
The designed public building stands separate from the private buildings and therefore has an introvert character. A square in front of the workers’ dwellings and a clear threshold to the back are created. There is sought for a balance between interaction and anonymity, residents and visitors. The public nature of the building is made clear with the ‘open’ timber cladding.