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: Ron Barten, Mattias Bruyneel, Ana Horvat, 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, Ruben Castro, Silke Claeys, Tim De Messemaeker

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Kessel

Care neighbourhood and community center Location: Kessel Year: 2021 - 2026 Team: Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven, Silke Claeys, Mattias Bruyneel icw NU architectuuratelier, Plusoffice architects, Plant en Houtgoed, ELD and Ingenium Client: Zorggroep Zusters van Berlaar Status: ongoing Text

Kessel

Care neighbourhood and community center Location: Kessel Year: 2021 - 2026 Team: Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven, Silke Claeys, Mattias Bruyneel icw NU architectuuratelier, Plusoffice architects, Plant en Houtgoed, ELD and Ingenium Client: Zorggroep Zusters van Berlaar Status: ongoing Text
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The new care center grafts onto existing axes in the village center of Kessel. With the design we want to fit the large-scale program into the structure of the village and connect the center again with the surrounding green area through existing and new passages. The proposal creates a generous place that encourages encounters and activities between residents, staff, visitors and the neighborhood to the best of their ability. A place where everyone feels welcome.

The implantation of the building creates a variety of public outdoor spaces, as an addition to the public domain in Kessel and open for multiple uses. The new square creates an urban balcony overlooking the landscape. A new place to meet and gather within the village.

In the design, there are two overhanging living groups each. The arrangement allows two adjacent groups to easily meet in the spacious, shared kitchens. As the heart of the residential building, the kitchen allows for cooking with the residents and for qualitative and spontaneous encounters between two groups.

Through a winter garden, the different groups are quickly and conveniently accessible for both staff and residents. The winter garden provides a covered passage between the building sections at the level of the square. In this way, the building cluster remains fordable and the village is still connected to the valley.

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