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.
Collaborators: Ron Barten, Jorge Reis, Cis Vanlandschoot, Karel Verdonck
Former collaborators: Jon D'haenens, Helena Sileghem, Alice Sanders, Pieter Dossche, Louis Lories, Florence Mareen, Louise Vanderlinden, Steven Van Schoor, Bas Leemans, Jochen Schamelhout, Mattias Bruyneel, Ruben Castro, Silke Claeys, Ana Horvat, Tim De Messemaeker
- Jeugdsite Eernegem
- de Hoge Rielen
- Hugo Verriest
- Peter Benoit
- Majin Huis
- de werve hoef
- Puurs Sint-Amands
The project includes a kindergarten and spaces for youth activities. The intervention is based on three basic principles: the oversize of the existing warehouse, the addition of a compact new building and the generous steel structure as a buffer towards the green playing area.
The existing warehouse will be renovated and completed with a new, compact volume. Due to the compact footprint of the new volume, the green space is maximally preserved. The position of this new addition structures the outdoor space, creating two different outdoor areas, according to the needs of the children.
The warehouse and the new volume are connected by means of a slender steel structure that forms a transition between building and landscape. A generous structure which occurs as a canopy and terrace. But above all the structure is a game element and will work as a decor, balcony, base for lashings...