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: 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
A compact orchard is divided by low hedges into different garden rooms. The new house is built according to the rhythm of these exterior chambers. Four new volumes are shifted around the existing trees and together with the hedges they form a new landscape within the orchard. The topography of the place is translated into the interior, each volume has its own specific relationship to the landscape and to the other volumes. The house and garden form a complex but quiet ensemble in which the various outdoor and indoor rooms flow into each other. Concrete blocks are used as retaining walls but will also be used as visible elements in the interior and façade where they can weather naturally and mingle with overgrowing plants .