Emphasizing the horizontality of the Flemish landscape. Psychiatric Care Home by Atelier Kempe Thill and Daniel Van Doorslaer

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Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, Rotterdam NL. in collaboration with: Daniel Van Doorslaer bvba.
Project team
Team Atelier Kempe Thill.- Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, Rotterdam NL.
André Kempe, Oliver Thill, David van Eck with: Philip Haak, Marc van Bemmel, Kento Tanabe.
Competition team
Team Atelier Kempe Thill.- Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners, Rotterdam NL .
André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Laura Paschke with Martins Duselis, Jan-Gerrit Wessels
Supporting architect.- Daniel Van Doorslaer bvba, Lier BE.
Structural engineer.- UTIL Struktuurstudies, Brussel BE.
Building services engineer.- Studiebureau Boydens, Zedelgem BE.
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General contractor.- Verelst NV, Putte BE.
Orefab concrete structure.- De Jong Beton, Alphen NL.
Glass façade.- KA Construct, Beerse BE.
Steel window frames.- KMW, Hechtel-Eksel BE.
Steel balustrades.- Wim Vandevoordt, Halen BE.
Plasterwork façade.-  Allfac, Sleidinge BE.
Site area.- 1,10 ha.    
Building size.- 1.950 m² (gross floor area).
Building volume.- 6.135 m³ (gross volume).
Competition.- 06/2012.
Commission.- 2014 – 2022.
Design.- 2014 – 2020    (standstill subsidy request 12/2014 – 06/2017).
Execution.- 03/2021 – 09/2022.
Delivery date.- 03.10.2022.
Building cost.- € 2.225.000 (excl technical installations).
Technical installations.- € 1.615.000.
Total cost.- € 3.840.000. (excl VAT).
Building costs /m².- € 1.970 /m².
Building costs /m³.- €    626 /m³.
Kerselaarlaan 17. 2220 Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium.

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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