Belgian architecture practice Dhooge & Meganck Architecture was founded in 2015 by David and Saar, who both met at Ghent University, where they were studying. Since then, they together design and realise project of all size — from urban master plans, industrial buildings, offices to furniture or objects.
Presented here, Camps, is an outstanding project implemented by the team of Dhooge & Meganck Architecture in 2017. It is a contemporary production site for mustard, pickles and imposed vegetables, located in Oudenaarde, a Belgian municipality in the Flemish province of East Flanders.
"Design as craftmanship. The mustard tower symbolizes the culmination of two years of design research and the new vertical production. The architectural language is surprisingly simple, sacral and reminiscent: a thought of a phenomenon from the past. The façades literally translate the inside of the building. The front only accommodates storage that is UV sensitive, the back is completely cut-out to the underlying nature in favor of the workspace where it is produced. Not a typical closed food-safe box, but an open space with the central helix that induces mutual encounters. Camp’s is a modern abbey — a place where, supported by architecture, you experience the magic of the production process. From the arena you enter another world, where the strict but wondrous surrealism of Ledoux and Boullée is never far away,” explained the architects.