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, Freek Dendooven
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, Robbe Van Rafelghem, Jochen Schamelhout, Tim De Messemaeker
The introvert plot is only connected to the neighborhood by two passages formerly used for entering and exiting vehicles. This enclave in the dense urban fabric of Ghent forms the base for the reconversion of the existing carwash-structure into a family house with guest rooms.
By removing the old wooden roofs, only a L-shaped brick volume was left on the site. The implantation of a new wooden structure, seemingly balancing on a single slender column and beam, creates two intimate outdoor spaces.
A sequence of spatial experiences is created. A hidden entrance opens into a surprisingly expansive living space, that is interconnected with a double high kitchen in the existing volume. The living spaces on the ground floor develop as a loop around the patio, resulting in a generous variation of atmospheres.
The outdoor spiral stair gives direct access to the guest rooms where a recessed facade on the street side provides small terraces and privacy. Built within the same masonry as the original industrial structure, the new volume on top becomes almost absent in the whole.