A6K Advanced Engineering Centre

A6K Advanced Engineering Centre

Architecte
Traumnovelle
Lieu
Charleroi, Belgium | View Map
Année du projet
2018
Catégorie
Bureaux
©Philippe Braquenier

A6K Advanced Engineering Centre

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Inside an unoccupied industrial building close to Charleroi train station, new working spaces for high-tech companies and laid out according to a city grid. Autonomous workspaces frame a central public space dedicated to the communal activities of this industrial ecosystem.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

In the context of a post-industrial city faced with employment deficit, the conversion of the spaces of this golden age is as slow as that of historic know-hows. The Advanced Engineering Centre acts as a laboratory to experiment the new forms of work of the 21st century, faced with the transformation of the labour market.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

Urban Grid

City grids can be considered to testify to a culture’s cosmogonia. As such, the urban grid of the post-industrial workspace is that of high individual liberty—in the form of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial freedom—confronted with a strong regulatory framework inherited from salaried employment, which implies the control of individuals and optimisation of productivity. Referencing the Roman training camp, organised according to two perpendicular axes symbolising order and the submission of the worker to the city’s logic. The central shared spaces bring the workers together through federative collective activities, similarly to the exercise ground.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

Paradigm of Transparency

The parallel strips of glazed office spaces highlight the contradiction between workers’ autonomy and their visibility. The expectation of visibility of the workers practicing their tasks, from a theoretical central viewpoint, is challenged by an overlay of transparencies and reflections. Their overlapping offers workers a respite from observation by blurring observation.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

Clarify existing spatial structures

The project takes place within the complex structure of an existing building. Grafted to its circulation system, it aims at making the existing spatial structures and uses more legible. Workspaces for 8 to 12 people outline communal amenities such as various meeting spaces, as well as community and leisure spaces in the centre of the industrial slab.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

More flexible workspaces

The Advanced Engineering Centre fosters a sense of the collective and collaboration between workers, as well as optimal work and research conditions. The central space, an indoor tropical garden, offers a different kind of community and leisure space, thus encouraging new forms of work and collaboration. It generates sub-spaces which can be appropriated by users for lunch, a meeting, a game or a phone call. Thus spaces for unproductive activities take up a central position in the overall layout of the workspace.

photo_credit ©Philippe Braquenier
©Philippe Braquenier

Low-impact construction and renovation

The project is entirely removable in case the industrial space needs to be converted or demolished. Each element has been considered in terms of re-use and short construction phase (4 months). The work modules are composed of industrial storage platforms. The facilities are autonomous and can be accessed from the roofs of the workspaces. All partition materials can be detached and re-used elsewhere. The biosourced cork flooring system as well as the standardised glass panels can be disassembled and reaffected. 

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Material Used:
1. Flooring: Cork flooring, Amorim
2. Windows: High reflection partition glazing, AGC
3. Interior lighting: Zumtobel

Crédits de projet
Fiche technique du produit

ÉlémentMarque
Interior lightingZumtobel Lighting Gmbh
High reflection partition glazingAGC Flat Glass
Cork flooringamorim composites
Fiche technique du produit
Interior lighting
High reflection partition glazing
by AGC Flat Glass
Cork flooring
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