195 Melopee School

195 Melopee School

XDGA (Xaveer De Geyter Architects)
Ghent, Belgium | View Map
Project Year
Secondary Schools
Maxime Delvaux
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersJakob AG
Jakob Webnet, Webnet micro
Partition systemAluprof S.A.
Arcotherm, Arcoplus
AWS 90.SI+ Green
sikafloor 330 + 305W
ManufacturersPhilips Lighting Signify

Product Spec Sheet
Jakob Webnet, Webnet micro by Jakob AG
Partition system
Arcotherm, Arcoplus by Dott.Gallina
AWS 90.SI+ Green by SCHÜCO
sikafloor 330 + 305W by Sika

195 Melopee School

XDGA (Xaveer De Geyter Architects) as Architects

In the harbour area a narrow stretch of land along a dock is freed from port activities. A very simple ‘chop stick’ urban plan is developed by O.M.A. in which green open pockets alternate with dense construction. In order to offer a notion of centrality to the linear plan, a public path is meant to cross the whole strip. The site for the school faces one green area at its south side, the dock on its west side, a square and a housing block on the north and the harbour road on the east.


The requested program for the building, a combination of a primary school, an after school care centre, a nursery and sports facilities for both the school and its neighbourhood, is diverse and extensive. On top it requires a great deal of specific outside playgrounds. In order to counter the lack of space, deal with the inside-outside complexity of programs and allow for the public path to pass, the maximum building envelope is divided in two halves: one compact building housing all interior functions, and an outside space in which the playgrounds are stacked. In between both, and under a first level playground realized in glass tiles, the path crosses the volume.


A galvanized steel skeleton unifies the two halves. On the side of the interior volume, the façades of the building are designed as a patchwork of opaque and translucent polycarbonate, glass, and aluminium louvres. The outside structure will be overgrown with vegetation climbing along a steel mesh, in which some large ‘windows’ are cut out.


Material Used :
1. Terradec - PU300
2. Schüco - AWS 90.SI+
3. dott.gallina - Arcotherm and Arcoplus
4. stJoris - VBL WF 210 x 100 x 50
5. Aluprof - MB-78
6. OWAplan - OWAplan
8. Herculan - Herculan MF 9+2
9. Flexidal - SE13
10. Heinen - metal+
11. Sika - sika floor 330 + 305W
12. Wavin - IT-buis
13. Fosfari lighting - Roxo TTP
14. Philips - Trueline
15. Mercor - Prosmoke
16. Jakob Rope Systems - Webnet micro
17. Multiwal - Haro24

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