Foto: Carol Kohen
Nominee

Mirrored patchwork for delicate tower

With an above-ground floor area of 11,348 m², including 1,858 m² of terraces, the K-Tower in Kortrijk has a very compact footprint of 480 m² but still manages to accommodate 65 apartments spread across 22 floors. Thanks to the flexible layout of each floor, the various orientations of each apartment and the large, alternating, double-height terraces, all the residential units enjoy abundant sunshine, plenty of natural light and magnificent panoramic views. The tower is eye-catching, but its reflective patchwork makes it blend into the skyline. Clad in perforated sheet metal (58% perforation, S235 and S355 grades), it reflects the sunlight, giving it a subtle radiance that stops it from being too intrusive or dominant a part of Kortrijk’s horizon. An additional advantage of the white, reflective cladding is that the facade of the K-Tower is constantly evolving and guarantees a gradual transition between the large urban scale and the more human dimensions of the landscape that stretches out around it.
  • Diksmuidekaai 11, Kortrijk
    Location
  • THV K-TOWER -  Van Roey Vastgoed & Koramic Real Estate, Rijkevorsel
    Client
  • Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS architects & engineers, Uccle
    Architect / Designer
  • Studiebureau STEDEC, Roeselare
    Structural engineering
  • THV Guldensporen (Groep Van Roey, Rijkevorsel & Algemene Bouw Maes, Gent)
    General contractor
  • Metal Projects, Overpelt
    Steel contractor
  • Prince Cladding Benelux, Leiden (NL) (facades)
    Other steel applications

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