An existing office building on the Noorderlaan in Antwerp will be expanded with an extra floor containing office spaces. This new structure, situated adjacent to the viaduct, is an interpretation of the prevailing industrial context. The faintly inclined rooftops follow the shape of the viaduct and form a reference to the industrial structures, roofs, and construction methods in the immediate vicinity.
The construction consists of steel frames with a rhythm that is directly based on the structure of the existing building. This in turn led to the development of a flexible plan that can fulfil multiple functions. The structure literally forms the building, which means the function can be adjusted to the various requirements over time.
Needs and requirements are subject to constant change. This is even more true for an industrial property, which is affected by endless legislation. The existing building, reduced to a fraction of its original glory over time, is direct proof of this. Through its uniform appearance, the frame construction and its flexibility, the new building tries to set itself apart from the existing construction without too many bells and whistles. The steel framework structure is completed with self-supporting CLT panels, clad on the exterior with dark Eternit corrugated sheets that not only fit in with the surrounding buildings but also freed up other budgets.
Photography: Pieter Frans Gerda Geerts Fotografie
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