Loos Architects and HUB have been able to add sculptural expression to a simple shed.
Near Schoten, Belgium, the Albert channel is flanked by prominent industrial buildings on both sides. In collaboration with HUB, Loos Architects realised a steel mixed use building for the Ministry of Public Works and Water Management, in line with a series of distinctive concrete silos, breweries made from stone and a sports centre. The mixed use building includes a garage, workshops, offices and a home for the caretaker. The main lounges are situated in the head of the building. The caretakers’ apartment faces towards the channel behind a glass wall, the balcony from the canteen pops out in the direction of the garden. For cost efficiency the fence around the building merges with the low cost PVE-skin of the building. Hereby the storage space becomes part of the building volume and therefore gives it more body. The elevation of the building on the long side is defined by the varying ceiling heights. High spaces are required in the workshop areas. The façade line follows the varying heights. This functional requirement gives the building its form and sculptural expression.