Mission transformation of buildings to a multimedia site
Client Waalse Krook
Architect Coussée & Goris, RCR Aranda Pigam Vilalta arquitectes
Dates 2010 - 2017
Surface 22081 m2

The Walloon Crease in Ghent for some time now has been an eyesore for the city authorities. The unoccupied buildings and the neglect of the famous Winter Circus resulted in a call for a new destination. The new destination of the site will be multimedia, with a new city library, a centre for new media and a Flemish institute for archiving. An Open Call of the Flemish Government Architect initiated a selection procedure, with a combination of Coussée & Goris and RCR Aranda Pigam Vilalta arquitectes as the laureate. VK takes care of the building services of this project.

The project involves a sustainable energetic concept, with a low energy level and a high insulation level. Both passive and active measures will be taken. The passive measures consist, amongst others, of optimisation of the glass surfaces with solar protection, a compact design, accessible thermal mass, materials with an outstanding insulation value, … The active measures consist of a heat pump and borehole energy field, efficient lighting, demand driven ventilation, low temperature heating and high temperature cooling, …

The applied building services will be integrated in the architecture and the structure, and in some cases partly have shaped the architectural design. As such, the hollow concrete structure will be used for night ventilation. Concrete core activation will provide additional cooling or heating. High windows and floor heights introduce a lot of natural light, completed with daylight compensation and motion detection.

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