Campus Unesco Koekelberg

site Klein Berchemstraat 1 – Kasteellaan 65, 1081 Koekelberg, BE
client AG Real Estate COPiD for DBFM Schools of Tomorrow, Sint-Lazaruslaan 4-10, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node, BE
architect BOGDAN & VAN BROECK
team T. Boogaerts, H. Bosteels, L. Bown, M. Coppens, L. Croegaert, M. Czvek, M. Lefeber, M. Pocuch, T. Rigby, A. Smok, M. Steel Lebre, D. Stefanescu, A. Sümeghy, M. Tierens
structure Technum
techniques Technum
landscaping LAND
surface 12.263 m² gross
budget 19.077.000,00 euro excl. vat and fees
timing competition 2011 | completion 2018
status completed
website campusunesco.scholenvanmorgen.be
project code 0049BKA

EXTENSION AND TRANSFORMATION OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SECONDARY SCHOOL AS EXEMPLARY PROJECT FOR “SCHOOLS OF TOMORROW” | OPEN CALL ORGANISED BY THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, 1ST LAUREATE

The major challenge for this design question was to face the very large yet hidden potential of the location: a high quality urban environment, a site with a particular topography, and existing buildings with a very usable structural base. The concept focuses on the preservation of the upper parts of the buildings on one hand, combined with a severe and landscape-driven transformation of the relationship between the lower parts of the buildings and the outdoor ground levels surrounding it. Both schools take part in one consistent and flexible composition, and still remain both clearly visible and function as separate entities.
The collective functions are gathered in a central core, following the site’s topography as an articulated landscape, which now holds the potential to transform the perception of the isolated modernist complex into a functional and poetic whole of varied spatial sequences. Confusion and disorientation make place for clearly readable spaces, in order to create a qualitative, flexible, sustainable and economically feasible environment for educational purposes for all ages.

More info on the school on the websites of GO! , Scholen van Morgen and Campus Unesco Koekelberg.