‘keizer karel building proposal 2′ by JDS architects, ghent, belgium
all images courtesy of jds architects
a prominent street corner in ghent was reimagined into two iterations of luxurious apartment complexes by the conscientious designers at JDS architects.
keizer karel street is a pedestrian-friendly area in a dense and quaint part of the busy municipality. both ideas were developed to contribute to the
vibrant urban fabric of the historically rich, flemish region of belgium while maintaining contemporary architectonic amenities. the 60-80 units were
composed for optimum amounts of natural light, city views and pockets of terraced greenery.
one approach posits a corner-hugging mass that is parsed into alternating forms. the result is a prismatic structure, interjected by an open-air courtyard.
the folded facade has glazed facets that are oriented toward the best possible sunlit angle and optimal city views. the bidirectional envelope walls create
private terraces for every unit as well as separation from the neighbor’s lot. these habitable strata wrap around the large central green space and the
overall structure contains an large roof garden so as to add further dynamism to the dematerialized mass.
the building folds with the city fabric
angled exterior walls are oriented toward the sun
interior view out to the balcony
the folded strata free the corner in a layered way
almost every unit has an opportunity for green, sunlit terraces
stepped units wrap around a central void
the project is an endeavor of monumental greenery
floor plan with site context
sun light and city view diagram
the massive form is dematerialized
the radically different second approach offers three discrete towers to direct lines of sight and views around the city. the program, divided by
the number of bedrooms per unit, is separated by tower, allowing for simultaneous consolidation and openness. the complex is flanked by two
major streets that meet at the proposed entrance of the structure. the tower facing keizer karel street would further its overall sustainable methodology
by attaching to the existing neighboring building, while the building on frans ackerman street would be setback from an house already on site so as to
facilitate the opening of the southern facade. the slim forms are connected by a architectonic base that ribbons around a open-air light tower and is
topped by greenery. all the buildings contain walkable roof gardens and have angled cuts on the top two floors. the sliced architecture also allows for
ample southward-facing balconies that afford ideal city views.
three towers jut through the trafficked corner
whole towers are straddled and moved toward the light
the sliced first four floors frees the building of the corner
the towers frame the existing urban landscape
remarkable expanses of greenery characterize the building
the sliced tops of the forms make habitable stepped planes
a view into the interstitial spaces
floor plan in context
the built mass is subtracted and replaced with public spaces and gardens