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Project • By ZJABridges

Renovation Royers Lock, Antwerp

An old but important lock Hundred and twelve years ago Royers Lock was put into use and right from the start proved to be one of the busiest and most important locks in the port of Antwerp. Since these days the port has seen a tempestuous growth, and seagoing ships have more and more trouble fitting into the lock. The Albert canal, onto which the lock gives access, is in need of thorough renovation to adapt to the ever-larger tonnage modern inland shipping uses. This does not mean Royers Lock has become obsolete. Quite the contrary, to inland shipping its importance as a junction is still growing and that requires a larger and completely new and generously sized lock. Another reason for this is the sharp bend in the river Schelde, with mor... More

Project • By Tom Cortoos ArchitectenHousing

Van Noort

The typical plan lay-out with a collection of small-scaled separate rooms is continued in this renovation project that respects the room-based lay-out. Every room has its own floor finishing and ceiling type so the different rooms get an even more distinct character. Large openings in walls, ceilings and facades ensure that the different rooms have a strong spatial and visual connection. Daylight enters in unexpected places and visual links exist between spaces that normally don’t have a visual relation. The openings between the different rooms are clear visual frames and function as a passage, the white floor strips between the rooms constituting a threshold between the rooms. A series of symmetry-axes structures the collection of rooms.... More

Project • By Tom Cortoos ArchitectenHospitals

Public Psychiatric Hospital (PPZ) Geel, Technical and Logistics Center

PPZ Within the masterplan for the hospital site, by Osar Architects, six buildings are renovated by Osar while Tom Cortoos Architecten realized the new TLC building. The Technical & Logistics Center brings together all shared functions previously scattered all over the site. The building structures, with its large scale and position, part of the campus and forms a transition from the well-ordered old part to the loosely planned new part of the hospital site. Visitor’s parking, logistical platform and pedestrian routes are positioned next to the building and achieve a clear position and identity. TLC The building is conceived as a big roof with boxes that house different technical functions set underneath. On the ground floor the space... More