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)
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, Jochen Schamelhout, Tim De Messemaeker
The design brief includes a varied programme where all the village's associations and activities can be accommodated. This requires a varied and participatory response tailored to the village, resulting in two buildings each with a strong identity and affinity. The existing neo-gothic hall is cleared of all additions and extensions.
The new multifunctional hall will be built as a modest volume. Between the old and new, a green area is created that can be either a park or a playground and links up with the quiet roads throughout the village. The existing neo-gothic building will be thoroughly renovated and can be divided into a number of spacious and light-filled youth rooms.
A number of punctual wooden supplements add to the functionality of the buildings and adapt them to the needs of the local community. A wooden footbridge along the façade provides an overview of the playground. More than just a functional solution, this also becomes an element of play. A wooden awning will be placed against the side façade and will form the new entrance to the site.
The multifunctional hall will be a robust building, designed from a single, carefully conceived section. The roof folds open towards the sky in order to bring in generous amounts of daylight. A recess on the corner creates a pleasant place to rest and in addition articulates the entrance to the building. A space that meditates between the building and the playground, a community centre in the park.