RAAMWERK is a design collective led by Gijs De Cock and Freek Dendooven.
Since its establishment, RAAMWERK works on a portfolio of diverse projects in various sizes. The purpose is to create an empathic architecture that is characterized by critical social, programmatic and economic research.
RAAMWERK wants to achieve a certain generosity within the architectural process - the act of building - finally resulting in spaces that can be claimed by its users.
Partners: Gijs De Cock (Sint-Niklaas, 1987), Freek Dendooven (Kortrijk, 1987)
Collaborators: Ruben Castro, Silke Claeys
Former collaborators: Jon D'haenens, Helena Sileghem, Alice Sanders, Pieter Dossche, Louis Lories, Henri Schmid, Florence Mareen, Maroš Greš, Louise Vanderlinden, Anna Serio, Timotheus De Beir, Steven Van Schoor, Robbe Van Rafelghem, Bas Leemans,Jochen Schamelhout, Tim De Messemaeker
A ruinously workshop forms the framework for a single family house. The existing construction consists of a double-high volume and an adjoining shed. Both structures are fully preserved and the new volume becomes part of the generous ensemble on the site.
The roof of the shed is opened up, the spacious volume will serve as an intimate walled garden. The adjacent volume is stripped of all inner walls and floors and the new wooden house was built on top of the existing slab. By disconnecting the new volume from the old structure, the existing walls work as a screen between the home and the imposing outdoor spaces. The new house consists of two floors that each have of two rooms with a central serving core. A minimal floorplan, that can be expanded by the covered outside spaces of the shed. An intense dialogue is created between this rational plan and the existing joinery.