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Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures (BE)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 07.08.2013 - Tagged as: , ,

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Belgian architects Dethier Architectures were chosen to design a training facility for the Centre de dynamique des groupes et d’analyse institutionnelle (CDGAI) in Liège, a specialized training organization for professionals.

 

 

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

The new building was erected in the Sart-Tilman science park in Liège. “It is very much is in line with the site’s urban planning philosophy, which calls for high-quality architecture in harmony with a cherished wooded landscape.” says Dethier Architectures. “The CDGAI welcomes small groups working in the area of social psychology, and was designed as a place where individuals can gather and exchange. As the meeting rooms need to be set off from the outside world, translucent walls provide ample light.”

 

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

“The building’s organisation is clear-cut and provides a high degree of flexibility for interaction. It consists of a single-storey rectangular structure (23m x 10m) with a mezzanine. The ground floor houses two meeting rooms and their annex as well as the entryway, a secretariat, a kitchen, a room for office equipment, lavatories and a machine room. Offices and a library are located on the mezzanine.”

 

 

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

“To keep costs down, we fit the various parts into a small volume with a curving roof that underscores the protective atmosphere within. A masonry façade on the north side provides bracing, while the south façade consists of a steel framework. A roof wraps over the entire structure, extending down to the ground. Budgetary concerns also led to the innovative use of high-quality materials normally reserved for industrial use. Black rubber was used as a roof covering and for the eaves. The ceilings reveal the perforated, galvanised sandwich steel that supports the roof. Translucent glass and polycarbonate panels provide both soundproofing and diffuse natural light. In addition, Reglit was employed for the partitions and OSB panels, and polished reinforced concrete was used for the flooring slabs.”

 

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

“Our approach, which juxtaposes volume and lightness, is particularly evident when one compares the masonry wall of the north façade and the metal framework of the south façade. The sheltering appearance of the former dialogues with the openness to nature of the latter, which is enlivened by the play of light and shadows of the trees on the polycarbonate. The elegant interaction between solids and voids diffuses light in a variety of ways. By day, the large rooms are filled with abundant natural light, while at night the building is transformed into a sort of lantern. Artist Jean Glibert chose to focus on this luminous intensity, using the sheen of the galvanised roof to reflect the green and red tones of the office and the library towards the reception area and meeting rooms.”

 

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

Centre for Group Dynamics and Institutional Analysis by Dethier Architectures, photo: Serge Brison

“The interaction of light and contrasts finds an echo in the wooded area in which the structure rests, in the Sart-Tilman science park. A laboratory for social interactions by day and a lantern by night, the building conforms to the landscape while simultaneously clearly asserting its visual identity.”

 

Location: Sart Tilman science park, 9 rue du Bois Saint-Jean, 4102 Seraing
Programme: Construction of offices building with meeting rooms
Project owner: CDGAI
Maîtrise d’ouvrage: Dethier Architectures
Stability: Ney & partners
General contractor: Daniel Stoffels sprl
Metallic structure: Bemelmans Balancier et Fils sprl
Interior woodwork: C. Dethier sprl
Surroundings: José Géraerds
Artist : Jean Glibert
Surfaces : 333 m2, rez-de-chaussée : 249 m2, étage: 84 m2
Conception-construction : 2002-2004
Cost : 276 500 € net of VAT (surroundings included)

 

to the Dethier Architectures website

 

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