Amidst the fields. Residential care center by Atelier Kempe Thill

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Design team
Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck with Marc van Bemmel, Martins Duselis, Kento Tanabe, Laura Paschke, Jan-Gerrit Wessels.
Collaborators
Supporting architect.- Daniel Van Doorslaer bvba. Structural engineer.- UTIL Struktuurstudies. Building services engineer.- Studiebureau Boydens.
Client
Emmaüs vzw.
Builder
General contractor.- Hooyberghs NV.
Area
Site area.- 1,10 ha. Building size.- 3.363 m² (gross floor area). Building volume.- 10.089 m³ (gross volume).
Data set
36 service flats.
Budget
Building cost.- € 3.960.000 (excl technical installations). Technical installations.- € 1.440.000. Total cost.- € 5.400.000 (excl VAT). Building costs/m².- € 1605/m². Building costs/m³.- € 535/m³.
Dates
Competition.-06/2012. Commission.- 2012 – 2020. Design.- 2012 – 2017. Execution.- 2018 – 2020. Delivery date.- 13/01/2020.
Manufacturers
Prefab concrete structure.-De Jong Beton. Glass façade.- Bruynzeels-Vochten. Glass winter garden façade.- Metaglas. Steel balustrades.- Wim Vandevoordt. Plasterwork façade.- T. De Neef. Window frames.- Reynaers CS 77 HI. Sliding windows.- Reynaers CP 130-LS HI. Sliding entrance doors.- Tormax, iMotion 2401. Insulated glass.- AGC, Thermobel.- Ipasol Ultraselect 62/29. Plasterwork wall insulation.- STO, EPS 30 / Stolit K Betonlook. Fire protection window frames.- Jansen, Janisol C4. Fire protection glazing.- AGC, Pyrobel 25 VL. Interior doors apartments.- Zorgplus ZPIDW. Floor tiles corridors.- Imola Ceramica, Sicily, color: W, size: 60x60cm rectified. Acoustic ceiling spray.- Asona, Sonaspray FC. Postbox.- Larob, GR 3. Lighting corridors.- Genex, Tubo. Lighting stairwells.- RLS, RLS-L. Lighting terraces.- Alpha, double. Lighting entrances.- Lombardo Koi 110 Post.
Location
Kerselaarlaan 19, 2220. Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium.
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André Kempe-Oliver Thill ATELIER KEMPE THILL

Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners was founded in 2000 by the two German architects, André Kempe (’68) and Oliver Thill (’71), following their Europan 5 winning proposal of three hundred dwellings in Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam. While this project didn’t result in a commission, the office survived the recession of 2002-2004 and has been able to position itself well within the European architectural scene. In the last fifteen years the practice has grown from a ‘two-man band’ to a stable, medium-sized office with around twenty five employees.

The office’s range of work has systematically broadened since its foundation. Beginning with collective housing and small public building commissions, the practice portfolio has developed to include large renovation, infrastructure and urban design projects. Single-sided specialisation and the consequent limitations have been avoided through the wide diversity of commissions; as a result the practice is also more economically stable. Since its foundation, Atelier Kempe Thill has tried not to limit itself to the Netherlands, but instead establish itself within the wider European market. Through its participation in over one hundred and twenty international competitions, the office has acquired commissions in the Austria, Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Morocco, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Atelier Kempe Thill is becoming increasingly well known in architectural circles. In the last fifteen years the office has appeared in around five hundred publications worldwide, amongst which were two monographs. In addition, the office’s partners have given more than two hundred lectures. This professional recognition enables the office to acquire increasingly complex projects and compete with the larger, more commercial practices.

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