Campus COOVI-CERIA Anderlecht

Campus COOVI-CERIA Anderlecht

Architect
XDGA
Location
Anderlecht, Belgium
Project Year
2010
Category
Secondary Schools
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Campus COOVI-CERIA Anderlecht

STRABAG Belgium nv as Contractors

As a result of splitting the bilingual campus COOVI-CERIA into a French-speaking and Dutch-speaking part, the Flemish Community Commission decided to blow new life into the Elishout cooking school and the CVO-Elishout evening school Coovi. The division of the campus resulted in the French language part largely retaining the identity of the original campus, which was not the case for the Dutch-speaking part. The French-speaking part has a strong uniform architecture, while the Dutch-speaking part consisted of strongly diverse buildings that did not fit with the rest of the old landscape. The project includes the building of a kitchen tower and the restoration of 2 buildings. Techniques were also updated for the entire campus. The present ‘Building 5’ dates back to 1948 and is fully restored. The ‘Curved Wing’ received a full renovation and restoration. Both buildings were fully renovated to maximally preserve the original architectural character. ‘Building 3’ houses the new technology systems for the campus. Thus a total power system was added to provide the campus with green energy and various systems were installed in ‘Building 15’. Finally, a kitchen tower was realized: the new face of the Dutch-speaking COOVI-Elishout campus. In this building, teaching and restaurant kitchens are stacked vertically to form a 14-storey high-rise. This central glass part consists of open 12 x 12 m floors without columns. The tower is also supported by three groups of shafts: 2 are stairwells and 1 is for the utilities. STRABAG Belgium was responsible for the turn-key completion including techniques of this project.

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