Curated by Paula Pintos
CREMATORIUM, ANIMAL SHELTER • LOMMEL, BELGIUM
Architects : Collectief Noord
Area : 1310 m²
Year : 2017
Photographs : Olmo Peeters, Geert Van Hertum
Manufacturers : Edelbeton
Textual content description offered by the architects. We’re setting up two animal-related buildings on the boundary between the economic web site Maatheide and the character reserve the Lommelse Sahara: an animal shelter and a pet crematorium. The buildings lack a lovely public repute, therefore their relocation to the economic web site, which in flip, isn’t accustomed to accommodate public buildings. As an architecture task, the programmes too are pretty unfamiliar and thus require analysis into new, significant typologies.
Each buildings are deliberate alongside the brand new highway connecting the economic web site to the character reserve behind it. Each the shelter and the crematorium have been supplied with an enclosed personal outside house, evoking the picture of two stamps in an unscathed panorama, whereas the precise parcel limits are consciously left unformalised.
The cultivation of the connection with the character reserve permits the economic buildings to accumulate a full public dimension. The that means of the buildings arises from that duality: a public building in a nature reserve and a low-budget building on an industrial web site, therefore offering them with their final character, between the extraordinary and the formal, between the sturdy and the picturesque.
Animal shelter. Prior to now an animal shelter would usually be dismissed as a cast-off of the Actual Property Market, whereas these days it’s largely approached as a care centre. We think about the professionalisation of the sector as an opportunity to place this socially tough subject on the map. Along with the brand new public ambition, the typological reply relies on the location’s specificity. The realm is an industrial web site, however borders a nature reserve. Three floor ground building models give entry to a U-shaped interior courtyard directed in direction of the panorama, whereas a three-layer cat tower directed in direction of the economic web site welcomes the customer. The bottom ground consists of a public reception space and a gallery alongside the interior courtyard, disclosing the canine kennels and care areas. The interior courtyard, in flip, accommodates the encounters between new house owners and animals, in addition to faculty shows and advantages.
Pet crematorium. The pet crematorium is a border home. On the sting of the Lommelse Sahara there’s one final building, hesitating between a home and an industrial building. The building has a backyard surrounded by partitions, which is positioned within the tough nature reserve like a hortus conclusus and serves as a scattering backyard.
The pet crematorium is conceived as a compact building with two flooring, therefore permitting for the visitation rooms and ready rooms to be positioned on the primary ground the place one can benefit from the panorama in full peace and privateness. The clear plan integrates two circulation routes (private and non-private) with out intersections. The architecture is a sober background to the ultimate goodbye.