The ‘Gazometer’ site in the Belgian town of Sint-Truiden has recently been extensively revamped. The Achtergael firm of architects was responsible for drafting the designs for the development of an attractively mixed complex, including a youth centre, a primary school, underground parking and fifteen apartments.
OPTIMUM SPACE UTILISATION
The size of the site, with its total floor surface of 26,000 m² and its many functions, made this a challenging project. The complex was designed to achieve compactness, polyvalence and synergy. In order to link the different functions together, the existing differences in level of the area were used to create an integral, compact whole and making optimum use of the roof was an inevitable consequence of this.
VARIOUS ROOF LEVELS
Zoontjens set to work on floors 0 to 3. For example, the roof of the party room, which is part of the youth centre, has been designed as a playground with seats, play equipment and plants. Bicycle parking space was created on another roof level. The apartments have also been given several rooftop terraces.
The building company opted for a combination of Drenoliet® for the large public areas and Dreentegel® slabs for the roofs that are subjected to less high loads. They are all in light grey and installed on DNS®, totalling an area of approx. 2700 m2, resulting in a magnificent and complete project.