Pumping Station Keetberg

Pumping Station Keetberg

Architect
An Schoenmaekers
Location
Beveren, Belgium | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Pump stations
Johnny Umans

Pumping Station Keetberg

An Schoenmaekers as Architects

Because technical buildings don’t necessarily have to be the ugly duckling of architecture. 

The Keetberg pumping station in Kallo was in need of major renovation. The pumping station, owned by the VlaamseMilieumaatschappij, pumps water from one watercourses into another and is equipped with three 110 kW propeller pumps.  

photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans

The building itself consists of two ground-level sections and an underground level, the pump room. The entire structure is constructed from a concrete skeleton structure with concrete floors and roofing.  

There were two clear conditions within the assignment: the pumps must remain in operation during the construction works and the concrete structure must also be preserved. In response, a lightweight, highly insulating facade system was introduced that could quickly and easily make the entire structure wind and watertight.  

photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans

In view of the building's function, we had to deal with several ventilation grilles of considerable size. Because of the many, scattered openings in the façade, we propose to simply extend the necessary slat structure over the entire façade, including outer doors. This way, the building is perceived on the outside as one solid volume with a clear expressive architectural statement. The necessary view and light inside are ensured by doubling the distance between the slats at the height of the windows, while maintaining the required protection against vandalism. This way, a fascinating shadow play is created on the snow-white interiorwich forms a strong contrast with its jet-black outer shell. 

photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans
photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans
photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans
photo_credit Johnny Umans
Johnny Umans
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Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Kingspan panel, Duco louvres
2. Flooring: Epoxy coating
3. Doors: Aluminum Schüco
4. Windows: Aluminum Schüco
5. Roofing: Firestone EPDM

Project Credits
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Doors and Windows: AluminumSCHÜCO
Facade cladding: PanelKingspan Group
Facade cladding: louvresDuco Ventilation & Sun Control
Roofing: FirestoneEPDM Roofing
Product Spec Sheet
Doors and Windows: Aluminum
by SCHÜCO
Facade cladding: Panel
Facade cladding: louvres
Roofing: Firestone
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