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Based on historical analysis of the site, architects and landscape designers have proposed to approach the new development within the conceptual framework of 18th century English Garden.
The concept was to bring the visitor to the already narrated and carefully arranged romantic natural setting and to confront him with emotionally charged dramatic “events.”
Therefore the degenerated landscape had to be brought to its ideal form and 20th century concrete pool, transformed into a forest pond merging gently into its surroundings. Keeping in mind that the water quality must correspond with the current health and safety regulations, it was proposed to use an ecological water treatment technology which in turn allowed for a new aquatic ecosystem to be created.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the water three pavilions emerge. Designed as a group of independent artifacts, their forms evoke images of the dramatic rock formations seen in 18th century paintings of Hans Gude or Peter Balke. The gaps between them, like chasms between cliffs, gently frame the views of the old woods on the opposite side of the water.
This creative reinterpretation of the history allowed the architects to take action whilst maintaining respect for a site’s history, catering to the modern standards of comfort and sustainability.
Location: Van Baurscheitlaan 1, 2100 Deurne (Antwerpen), Belgium
Architects: OMGEVING – www.omgeving.be
Client: city of Antwerp, Axima services
Phase: Realized 2007
Construction Period: 2006 – 2007
Building Budget: 731 025 €
Total Budget: 2 626 207 €
Buildings Footprint: 324m²
Buildings Gross Area: 455m²
Site Area: 11 126 m²