A client wants to build a livelong home for his mentally challenged granddaughter. They set up an alliance with vzw Emmaus and looked for a plot close to their premises. The site is a beautiful stretch of woodland which we sought to preserve as much as possible. Therefore we conceived the house as a singular and compact volume: a hexagon. It holds eight studios, six on the first floor and two on the ground floor, plus auxiliary functions and communal living spaces. Each studio is located on a corner giving them a double orientation and views on the surrounding forest. Next to the home we create a small clearing in the forest allowing the sun to reach to living spaces.
FELT together with Raamwerk were invited for the competition for a new care housing facility in Stekene. Location: BE, Stekene Client: VESTA vzw Surface: 6800 sqm Status: Competition With: Raamwerk FELT Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Lucas van Remoortel, Sarai Olabarrieta Technical Consultants: Robuust, Plant en Houtgoed Images: FELT, Raamwerk
To convert it into a care home for mental health patients an existing villa is stripped to its bare structure, taking away the roof. From there, using the existing structural logic of parallel walls, a new plan is developed consisting of a generous hallway linking a series of independent studios. The same concept is repeated in the extension that houses a second commune. The rhythm in the plan translates into a specific façade that consist of a repetitive series of gables unifying old and new. The concept shows the individual units within the compound - as if little houses, while at the same time expressing the collectivity of the residence as a hole. Living under one roof… or not really? Location: BE, Merksplas Client: vzw Emmaus Surface: 850 sqm Result: competition 1st place Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Judith de Pau, Marie Lafosse, Michiel Hutsebaut Consultants: Robuust Images: FELT
Together with 2001, FELT was invited for the Open Call competition to design a new building for people who need 24-hour support. In the first stage 20 rooms are to be built, and 20 more in a second stage. Our design incorporates both stages in one large building, organizing the entire program on ground level for optimal accessibility and maximum flexibility. A gesture that might look rather bold from an areal perspective, but due to its low posture and the calm horizontality, proves to be rather modest from a human perspective. The distinctive dune landscape on the roof merges it in with surrounding greenery. While the large colorful roof lights provide for easy recognition for each individual dwelling. Location: BE, Oostende Client: vzw Duinhelm Surface: 2200 sqm Status: competition 2nd place In collaboration with 2001. Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Adrian Verhoijsen, Michiel Hutsebaut Consultants: BAS, HP engineers, CLUSTER Images: FELT, 2001