Keizer Karel Building, back, by JDS Architects
JDS Architects | KKB / Keizer Karel Building
JDS Architects have formulated a architectural proposal for an exclusive apartment building on a prominent corner in the city of Ghent, Belgium. Given the central location and the current build environment they aim to realize a project that can impulse the whole neighborhood. The building contains 80 luxury apartments who will benefit from plenty of light, air, views and access to outdoor terraces. As the best views to the city on their site are located in the north, they wanted to try to get the best of both worlds – good lighting and good views. Therefore by folding the facade in two directions they move the normal front view into two opposite side views. You also create a complete separation between you and your neighbor. Then they stack every floor in the opposite direction which allows them to create big balconies. The structure is guaranteed as all floors points align.
Keizer Karel Building, front, by JDS Architects
The towers give the gives the possibility to get light and air into the apartments. By placing the program in 3 towers we create a lot of openness in between. The tower at the Keizer Karelstreet will be attached to the existing neighboring building, the tower in the Frans Ackermanstreet is setback from the little existing house, so that their are able to make openings in the southern facade and the last one will be on the front corner. On the ground and first floor their are connecting them by a big elevated garden. By rotating the front tower more to the south JDS Architects are not only giving the apartments more light, but they also move the views to the cityscape and not to the neighboring towers. Because of this rotation the tower looks slimmer if you are coming from the Reep and aligns with the Gebroeders van Eyckstraat. A big public space and monumental entrance to the building is made by cutting 4 floors of the front tower. Also all 3 towers get a cut over the top 2 floors, so they get big open balconies facing south, which give the residents a beautiful view over the city. The other apartment have a big balcony hanging from the facade. They are placed to grantee the privacy of the resident and they give the facade a playful character. The proposed plan allows for 67 apartments. The simple plan is easy to divide for a repetition of a plan types, or various options of combining small, medium and big apartments per floor.
Keizer Karel Building, areal view, by JDS Architects
JDS / Julien De Smedt Architects is a multidisciplinary office that focuses on architecture and design, from large scale planning to furniture. Rich with multiple expertises, the office is fuelled by talented designers and experienced architects that jointly develop projects from early sketches to on-site supervision. All of which, regardless of scale, outlines an approach that is affirmatively social in its outcome, enthusiastic in its ambition and professional in its process. At the core of JDS architecture is the ability to take a fresh look at design issues through experienced eyes. Our approach aims at turning intense research and analysis of practical and theoretical matters into the driving forces of design. By continuously developing rigorous methods of analysis and execution, JDS is able to combine innovative thinking and efficient production.