For the Open Oproep competition for the new entrance pavilion of the domain of Gaasbeek we designed a small tower. It stands along the road, on the edge of the woods, where it’s quirky presence allows for easy recognition and orientation. It is the starting point for a visit to the domain and is conceived as a first architectural moment in the sequence of ‘folies’ scattered throughout the romantic parks and gardens surrounding the Castle.
The building itself is highly rational building, based on a straightforward layout. On ground level a large public hall is embedded in the greenery. On top of it the auxiliary functions are stacked forming a compact tower. It’s sober brick facade features large arched openings, providing impressive views on the surrounding landscape. The top floor is conceived as a public roof terrace, where visitors can scan the area- just like watchers at the gate.
Location: BE, Gaasbeek
Client: Flemish government
Surface: 500 sqm
Result: Competition 2nd place
Team: Jasper Stevens, Karel Verstraeten, Adrian Verhoijsen, Samuele Xompero
Consultants: UTIL, HP engineers, Atelier Arne Deruyter, Daidalos
Images: Eva Le Roi & FELT