Laureate
2021

Melopee

XDGA - Xaveer De Geyter Architects

“A vertical school courtyard that raises life up in the air. A simple and rational construction that serves children.” – Louis Leger

Childlike pleasure in building

— Pieter T’Jonck

The design of the Stadsgebouw on the Oude Dokken in Ghent was a difficult puzzle. The programme, a multipurpose building with a primary school, a crèche, after-school care facilities and a sports hall, hardly fit on the narrow plot. Moreover, according to OMA’s master plan, a ‘play ribbon’ had to run through the site. XDGA formulated a surprising answer.

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  • XDGA - Xaveer De Geyter Architects

  • http://xdga.be/

  • Melopee Multifunctional School Building

  • Ghent, Belgium

  • Kindergarten (96 children), primary school (144 children), after-school care (56 children), daycare (28 children), sports hall

  • International design competition

  • soGent

  • 1/02/2020

  • 7680 m²

  • 10 000 000 €

  • Ney & Partners

  • Studiebureau Boydens

  • Daidalos-Peutz

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