- Garde-robe Nationale \ Dieter Vander Velpen
- Edgecliff Medical Centre \ ENTER Projects
- XS Apartment \ Spaceworkers
- Compas Chair \ Patrick Norguet
- Plassen Cultural Centre \ 3XN
Posted: 02 Oct 2012 07:01 AM PDT
Garde-robe Nationale is a womenswear boutique in the Nationalestraat (hence the name), located in the heart of the fashion neighbourhood in Antwerp. It can be found between the flagship stores of Dries Van Noten, Ann De Meulemeester and others.
The shop has been a well established shop stop for 10 years, but the interior got outdated and needed a makeover.
Instead of a simple refreshing and a paint job, we chose to go for a drastic new shop configuration and a new look.
First, we removed all the visual clutter from the interior: we got rid of the beam structure under the ceiling and the bulky light fixtures, we removed all high display elements which where blocking visual sight lines trough the shop. We also evened out the floor level in the shop: the existing old hardwood floor was carefully restored and extended to the back of the 125m2 space.
Next, the most important design decision was to split the new, cleaned out space in two zones. The first zone is where the customer enters, and is completely covered in white: white paint on walls and ceiling, white display furniture and a white oiled hardwood floor. Here, the customer enters in a bright, fresh environment, and the focus is placed immediately on the clothes, displayed along the long clothing rail along the wall or on the display blocks in the middle of the space.
Further in the shop, the customer enters the second zone: a darker, more ‘loungy’ area, where the fitting rooms are central. This zone is completely covered in dark oak veneer: walls, ceiling and furniture. Even the original oak floor was stained in the same dark colour in this part of the shop to create a separate space. Here, the customer can shop in a warm, cosy atmosphere, with vintage furniture, an inviting Ole Wanscher sofa and a big standing mirror. This area bathes in natural daylight coming trough a skylight. This is a resting point at the back of the shop, that provides privacy for customers to try on the garments.
The transition between these two zones, was dramatically accentuated: by cutting the space diagonally in two halves, an angular cutting line is created, continuing over the floor, walls and ceiling. This cutting line marks the beginning of the wooden cladding of walls and ceiling, as well as the darker part of the hardwood floor. This line creates a strong visual effect, very different when looked at in one way or the other. At the same time, this line creates an optical separation between the two zones, which makes customers feel even more at ease when trying things on at the back of the shop.
The display blocks in the middle, are actually 25 separate blocks, based on just two simple modular shapes: a L-shape and an I-shape. Part of the blocks was built in white lacquered MDF to fit the first part of the shop; the other part of the blocks was carefully crafted in the same dark stained oak veneer as the walls. Each block has one or two ‘cut faces’ which are covered in gold coloured copperplate. By stacking the blocks together, a harmonious display landscape is formed, with the copper surfaces reflecting the light. The copper reappears throughout the shop as an accentuating material in clothing rails, counter-top, and connects in this way the white and the dark part of the shop.
Because of the modular character of these display blocks, the staff of the shop can constantly create new configurations, so the customers can continue being surprised by a new, dynamic retail environment.
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Project Name: Garde-Robe Nationale | http://www.garde-robe-nationale.be/
+ All images courtesy Dieter Vander Velpen
Posted: 02 Oct 2012 06:34 AM PDT
ENTER Projects recently have completed the Medical Centre specialising in the treatment of Autistic Children.
At 150sqm, the project was modest in its footprint but sets a clear example of digitally fabricated interiors, and a prototype to see how these projects perform. In early conversations with the client, priorities were quickly realised: 3 radiating treatment rooms, a central reception area, lots of play spaces, soft furnishings like beanbags and excellent visibility – all of which contributed to the genesis for the ideas and space planning that followed.
Design sensitivity was imperative when considering the function of the space and very much influenced the final form. Having a clear understanding of the client's needs on a day to day basis and moreover the needs of visiting patients, meant practical issues were also of high importance. The way in which the geometry circulates and unfolds not only promotes an atmosphere of calm, rest and relaxation but in severe circumstances, also prevents children from harming themselves on corners: where this space is concerned, right angles are most definitely the wrong angles.
The partnership of light, optics & colour also played a pivotal role in shaping the overall feel of the project. Indirect lighting was used to soften the space with cove lighting providing an additional calming effect. Colours play an important role in shaping our emotions and with this in mind, a fresh & neutral base pallet was chosen with bold colour injections interspersed throughout. Known for its healing properties, a fearless orange shade was chosen for the back feature wall. Soft furnishings complemented the colour scheme with playful Dinosaur design rugs and Fiocco “stocking” chairs by Busnelli.
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+ All images courtesy ENTER Projects
Posted: 02 Oct 2012 06:05 AM PDT
The project consists of the renovation of an apartment that will provide housing to a young couple. The building where it belongs, is from the late 70, a time characterized by intense fragmentation and the small areas (60m2).
Thus, the premise of this work was the definition of a functional layout where the internal space was converted into a plan free space without partition walls in order to reinforce the expansive nature of space, with a further space control with the aid of furniture and curtains that act as diaphragms spaces. The functional spaces were clumped around a black void, which besides acting as a circulation, camouflages the accesses to the toilet, storage and dressing area.
Functionally we wanted to create the idea of interconnecting spaces, without being forgotten their full functional autonomy. Thus the living area, sleeping area and cooking zone can be operated separately, thus ensuring the different needs of everyday life.
The spaces created seek to take advantage of the constant light of the north façade, creating a calm and bright atmosphere, able to contrast with the gray landscape of the city.
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Project : XS Apartment | Living (Recovery)
Project year : 2011 – 2012
Financial Department: Carla Duarte – Financeira
+ All images and drawings courtesy spaceworkers®
Posted: 02 Oct 2012 05:35 AM PDT
Patrick Norguet has finished another important design project with Kristalia: Compas, an attractive stackable chair that can be used indoors or outdoors (thanks to its materials). The seat and back are in polypropylene, whereas the legs, in an upside-down V-shape, are in pressure die-cast aluminium with a weatherproof epoxy lacquer finish.
Posted: 01 Oct 2012 09:02 PM PDT
3XN recently has completed the Plassen Cultural Centre in Norway.
The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town’s world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city’s new cultural center, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.
Located in the city center and overlooking both the fjord and the mountains, the 'Plassen' cultural center is an obvious meeting point. With an optimal use of every square meter, 3XN has created a building that can function both when a hundred and 100,000 people gather for concerts, festivals or theater.
The architectural solution is a structure where almost all surfaces and spaces have more than one function. Together with the building's roof, an existing staircase next to the building constitute a total of three outdoor amphitheatres that collectively accommodate several thousand spectators. During the day the roof offers a café with outdoor seating, a recreational area with splendid views and exhibition space for the building’s gallery; while the staircase on the side of the building is an essential link between the city’s upper and lower districts.
The same bright granite is used on all exterior surfaces and gives the building a bright monochrome expression that in the evening is contrasted by a warm red light coming from the heart of the building – the concert hall – around which other features, such as a library, café, exhibition space and performance areas are distributed. The warm color scheme of the interior combined with the solid hardwood floors and plenty of natural light result in a friendly and informal environment, which together with the many entrances make the building seem inviting and accessible to all.
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