510 – RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TOWER AT COLLÈGE SAINT-AMAND

Kortrijk
BELGIUM

8.4 ha of landscape architecture; 4,147 sqm of renovation; 13,227 sqm of new construction; 2006 – ; (01/510).

Services Performed:
  • Landscape architecture (with Paul Deroose).
  • Urban planning (with Demeyere J & A).
  • Architecture
  • Interior architecture.
  • Stability
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering.
  • Project management.
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The importance of the vertical development of cities
The vertical development of cities is one of the foundations of future urbanism for the sake of preserving the natural and agricultural territories.

The verticality is the result of common sense but the livability of vertical housing remains, as its architecture, to be elaborated in order to give rise to a community of inhabitants.

For decades, Philippe Samyn conceived proposals in this direction (see, for example, his essay “The Vertical City” published by the Royal Academy of Belgium in September 2014).

The project of the K-Tower is an integral part of this vision. It is about offering quality apartments instead of beautiful villas arranged in the periphery, the latter being too excessive, both in land consumption and in the development of urban networks.

The site
The site of the Sint-Amandscollege is located inside Kortrijk’s periphery, on the bank of the river Leie. The current school buildings strongly vary in appearance as they were constructed at different ages.
The “Collegetoren” was built in 1960 to house a boarding school; its base houses additional educational facilities. As the “Collegetoren” no longer meets the current needs, the Kortrijk Urban Development Board launched a competition in 2005 for its reassignment and the rehabilitation of the Collège buildings themselves. A thorough analysis of the existing situation concluded that the tower had to be demolished and that the base should be maintained.

The implantation of the tower
A tower does not set itself anywhere.
The new tower is thus situated on the east side of the remaining base, next to Albert Park. This position reinforces the image of the base and closes the ensemble in a logical way.
Placed on the bank of the river Leie, the tower is the visual link between the dense city and its vast green periphery. It offers views of an exceptionally wide extent.

The form
Based on a rectangular plan of 1 to 2, the tower is slender to limit its shadow. It presents the city with its finest silhouette.
Its visual slenderness is accentuated by the luminous appearance of its envelope of white or stainless steel sheet metal plates and mirrors.

The senses
The book “A Pattern Language” by Christopher Alexander, qualified by Françoise Choay as the only theoretical work on architecture after Vitruvius, forms, with the “plastic number” of Hans Dom Van der Laan on the proportions, a part of the theoretical foundations on which all the reflections of Philippe Samyn are based.

Philippe Samyn has likewise always been concerned about the respect of the five human senses and particularly the respect of natural light. A special attention is paid here as well to the visual, acoustic, olfactory and tactile qualities.

The most striking feature is the significant use of mirrors and glass with a high color rendering index on the façade, which increases the brightness in the building as well as on the terraces.

Orientation and views
The proposed development for the interior of the tower, consisting of 65 apartments, is flexible. Around a central core containing circulations and techniques, it is possible to provide two, three or four apartments per floor. A loft, including a double height living room, occupies the top floor.

With its east-west orientation, the tower offers far-reaching perspectives on the river Leie while its slim south facade enjoys views over the historic center of the city.
The plan allows at least two orientations for each unit and their alternating wide terraces. The double height of the latter provides abundant sunshine and natural light of high quality inside the apartments. The mantillas of perforated sheet around the terraces ensure the privacy of the apartments and protects them from the draughts.

The openings, created at each terrace and each apartment, frame exceptional views in the manner of paintings.

The facade
Any construction is characterized by seven orders of magnitude waymarking the visual field, like the keyboard of a well-tempered piano has seven octaves expanding over the hearing field. The readability of these orders is essential to attain visual harmony. Architecture must ensure its materiality.

The large facades of the tower are thus divided into subsets nested in increasingly small dimensions, each of which is materialized by a different treatment based on internal comfort and the intake of natural light: white, mirrored or satin finish reflective surfaces.
This découpage, associated with the terraces wrapped in perforated sheet metal, makes it possible to gradually switch from the large urban scale and vast landscape to the size of the door handle.
It also ensues that the kinetic image of the tower is always different depending on the time of day and the day of the year.

Document E41_01/510 -En Issue of 2012-02-08

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LOCATION
Sint-Amandscollege, Diksmuidekaai 6, B-8500 Kortrijk, BELGIUM
50°49’59,89’’N, 3°15’54,33’’E

CLIENT
Van Roey, Van Roey Project
Sint Lenaartsesteenweg 7, BE-2310 RIJKEVORSEL
tel. +32 3 340 17 27 fax. +32 3 340 18 99

and

Koramic Real Estate
Kapel Ter Bede 84, BE-8500 KORTRIJK
tel. +32 56 249 692 fax. +32 56 249 649


ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS
Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl, architects & engineers          Philippe Samyn
Chaussée de Waterloo, 1537   BE-1180 BRUXELLES                         Exclusive owner of the copyrights
Tel.: + 32 2 374  90 60      Fax: + 32 2 374 75 50
E-mail: sai@samynandpartners.com

TEAM


Architecture                            

Design Partner                                     :               Dr Ir Philippe Samyn, architect
Administrative Partner                         :               Liesbeth Gestels, architect and Jacques Ceyssens, architect (since 2011)
Associates                                            :               In Alphabetically order : Antoine Colback, Dimitri Debougnoux, Maarten Franssens, Nathalie Masumbuko, Nacer Hosna, Elodie Noorbergen, Alexio Rava, Paolo Ruaro, Gerrit Stevens, Gaofei Tan, Thomas Vandeweyer, Roeland Van Lammeren, Christophe Van Raemdonck, architects.

1- AT COMPETITION STAGE


ARCHITECTURE AND RESTORATION (OTHER BUILDINGS)
DEMEYERE J & A
Dam 13, BE-8500 KORTRIJK
tel. +32 56 218 136 fax. +32 56 204 004
Alex Demeyere, architect


LANDSCAPE 

BUREAU DEROOSE
Stationsstraat 166, BE-8490 JABBEKE
tel. +32 50 81 23 97 fax. +32 50 81 24 60
Paul Deroose, landscape architect


RENDERINGS
POLYGON GRAPHICS
Koning Leopold I-straat 4, BE-8500 KORTRIJK
tel.+32 56 22 28 00 fax. +32 56 22 28 01
Stijn Stragier, architect


MICRO CLIMATE
AIR S.R.
Rue du Routaert 144/8, BE-1180 BRUSSEL
tel. +32 2 376 68 31 fax. +32 2 376 68 31
dr ir Domenico Olivari


FIRE SAFETY
SECO
Aarlenstraat, 53, BE-1040 BRUSSEL
tel. +32 2 238 22 11 fax. +32 2 238 22 61
ir Pierre Spehl, ing Jean Philippe Veriter.

2- AT DESIGN STAGE


STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Studiebureel STEDEC nv
Moorseelsesteenweg, 7, BE-8800 Roeselare (Rumbeke)
tel. +32 051 22 41 76 fax. +32 05124 86 78
ir Koenraad Coelus

First approach
Studiebureel Norbert PROVOOST bvba
Alfons Braeckmanlaan, 233, BE-9040 GENT
tel. +32 09 210 55 20 fax. +32 09 230 69 68
ir Alexander Willems and ir Bart Callie


MECHANICAL
Studiebureel INGENIUM nv
Nieuwe St-Annadreef 23, BE-8200 BRUGGE
tel. +32 50 40 45 30 fax. +32 50 40 45 34
ir Nicolas Vyncke en ir Jan Robert


ACOUSTIC
Studiebureel VK Engineering nv
Axxes Business Park, Guldensporenpark Building A n° 4, BE-9820 Merelbeke
tel. +32 09-210 31 51 fax. +32 09-210 31 59
Laurens Boeckx


SAFETY COORDINATION AND REPORTING EPB
Archiline nv
Maalsesteenweg 164 gvls, BE-8310 SINT-KRUIS
tel. +32 050 37.21.00 fax. +32 050 36.05.93
Olivier Lemoine


FIRE SAFETY (execution)
Fjk groep
Hendrik van Veldekesingel, 150, BE-3500 Hasselt
tel. +32 11 49 01 68
Ing. Louis Van Rompaey


WIND STUDY
Actiflow bv
Halstraat 31a, NL-4811 HV Breda
+31 (0) 76 54 22 220


RENDERINGS
POLYGON GRAPHICS
Koning Leopold I-straat 4, B-8500 KORTRIJK
tel.+32 56 22 28 00 fax. +32 56 22 28 01
Stijn Stragier, architect

3 – AT EXECUTION STAGE


STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Studiebureel STEDEC nv (structure)
Moorseelsesteenweg, 7, BE-8800 Roeselare (Rumbeke)
tel. +32 051 22 41 76 fax. +32 05124 86 78
ir Koenraad Coelus

Claeys Engineering (terraces)
Kleitstraat 26, BE-9930 Zomergem
tel: 32 9 372 96 90
ir Marc Claeys

First approach terraces
ingenieursbureau Ben Verbeeck en Partners bvba
HermanUullenslei 9, BE-2640 Mortsel
Tel. +32 0477 633 544

FIRE SAFETY
Fire Engineered Solutions Ghent (FESG)
Oudenaardsesteenweg 32 G, BE-9000 Gent
tel +32 09 280 03 69
ir. Bart Van Weyenberge

SAFETY COORDINATOR
IVW-Consult bvba
Ten Bosse 40, BE-9800 Deinze
Tel: +32 09 386 65 99 Fax. +32 09 386 65 67
ir. Ignace Van Wonterghem

First months
KUBIEK bvba
Pathoekeweg 9b bus 2, BE-8000 Brugge
Tel. + 32 50 32 11 20
Willy Swaenepoel

EPB REPORTING
Studiebureau Henderyckx bvba
Prinsessestraat 9, BE-8870 Izegem
Tel. +32 0473 56 76 50

First months
Archiline nv
Maalsesteenweg 164 gvls, BE-8310 SINT-KRUIS
tel. +32 050 37 21 00 fax. +32 050 36 05 93

KUBIEK bvba
Pathoekeweg 9b bus 2, BE-8000 Brugge
Tel. + 32 50 32 11 20

CONSTRUCTION
THV Guldensporen (Maes nv + Van Roey nv)
Oostmalsesteenweg 261, 2310 Rijkevorsel
Tel. +32 9 240 01 11 Fax. +32 9 222 9191
Frank De Brabandere, project leader

DOCUMENTATION


Documentation management : Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl (A. CHARON and Q. OLBRECHTS)
3D renderings : – POLYGON GRAPHICS cvba (S. STRAGIER) 

– www.k-tower.be

 

 

3D View

For a 3D, 360° view on the flats, have a look at www.polygon360.be/ktower.

Copyrights

Time-lapse video by Time-Lapse Factory – Carol Kohen

Renderings
Site
Drawings

For plans sections and elevations, please refer to the archives section of the site available from the “references” menu.

Movies
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