Stéphane Beel Architects is an architecture practice based in Gent, Belgium.
Presented here is their renovation of historic school complex.
The starting point of the project by Stéphane Beel Architects was to preserve the historical facade, meanhwile providing the whole interior with a new, fresh look. Thanks to their unique sense of aesthetics and great experience, the new school proposes functionality and simplicity. "The volume behind the historical street façade was retained. The gymnasium, a solid ‘box’, hovers above the multipurpose hall and the administrative offices, which, with their glass walls, are fully open to the existing playgrounds and outdoor areas between the buildings on the site.
In order to respect the existing façade with its openings as much as possible in the context of the new programme, the floor levels of the volume behind it were modified. This gives the ground floor with its multipurpose hall a higher ceiling. Behind the large windows on the first floor is a multipurpose classroom. The administrative area lies strategically adjacent to the present main entrance to the school in Wispelbergstraat. Its floor level connects up with the surrounding buildings and the playground between them. The highest floor level in the multipurpose hall connects up with the playground on the eastern side of the new building, which was designed at the same time," explained the architects.