Poortakker was a development project completed on behalf of four users – Vacantex, Febeltex, Textirama and Cobot. Each company uses the building autonomously and has its own entrance. However, the 218-m² meeting room is shared. Keywords applicable to this development project’s concept were transparency and reflection.
A concrete framework structure was used on the ground-floor level and a steel framework on the upper levels. Implementation of an active facade allows for transparent glass to be used while minimizing energy consumption. A lot of attention was paid to the building’s surroundings including a 4,900-m² pond that gives a pleasant first impression upon arrival.
Shortlisted for the 2002 Belgian Award for Architecture and Energy.
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