Turning a closed building into a meeting place. Refuga Parkvilla by Atelier Kempe Thill

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Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners.
Urban design + architects.- Abscis Architecten (Ghent), Atelier Kempe Thill (Rotterdam), UAU Collectiv (Hasselt).
Project team
Atelier Kempe Thill architects and planners.- André Kempe, Oliver Thill, Jan Gerrit Wessels with Rick Hospes, Kento Tanabe, Eldrich Piqué, Marc van Bemmel and Reinier Suurenbroek.
Coordination execution urban plan.- Abscis Architecten.
Landscape architect.- LAND landschapsarchitecten.
Urban plan traffic.- Mint NV.
Design parking garage.- Abscis Architecten.
Structural engineer.- VK architects & engineers.
Building services engineer.- VK architects & engineers.
Site area.- 8,470 sqm.
Building size.- 5,410 sqm (insulated gross floor area), 7,509 sqm (insulated gross floor area incl. winter garden), 360 sqm (roof terrace penthouse).
Invited competition.- September to December 2015.
Start commission.- March 2016.                
Start execution.- November 2018.
Date delivery.- November 2022.
Herkenrode Barracks, Hasselt, Belgium.
€ 9,615,249 (incl. technical installations excl. vat).
Budget/sqm.- € 1,779/sqm (insulated surface), € 1,343/sqm (surface incl. winter gardens).
Prefab concrete elements facade.- Verheijen beton, architectural prefab concrete.
Winter garden façade 2 - 7th floor.- Solarlux.
Glass privacy screens between balconies.- Schiffeleers Glas.
Entrance hall facade.- KMW, steel joinery.
Insulating glass facade.- Schiffeleers Glas.
Wooden facade.- Houthandel Lavrijssen.
Glass façade penthouses.- Schiffeleers Glas.
Steel balustrades.- Smeets welding works.
Polished concrete floor.- Jos Eerdekens Betonvloeren.
Rooflight.- Schiffeleers Glas.
Winter garden facade duplex housing.- Keller minimal windows.
Winter garden facade 2 - 7th floor.- Solarlux SL23.
Insulating glass facade.- Schuco ASE 60.
Glass balustrades.- Smeets welding works.
Glass facade penthouses.- Schuco ASE 60, panoramic windows.
Concrete floor entrance hall.- Jos Eerdekens.
Wooden wall entrance hall.- L&P interior production.
Postboxes.- L&P interior production.
Steel doors interior.- KMW.
Elevator.- Schindler.
Wooden apartment doors.- Stevens wood technology.
Curtains balcony.- KIMIK and DePloeg.
Lighting.- BEGA and Zumtobel.
Photographer.- Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz.
Airphoto.- Vestio.

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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