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Architect gives renovation is always a chance: Of a meaningless space, you can perfect an interesting place
LIVING. The bouwsite Livios asked architect Tom Vanhee (Brussels) for his best tips for (re)builders. “Building is a process, created through the collaborative hands at the size of the builder, and not a product for consumption that rolls off the production line.”

1. New construction or renovation?

An existing building should always be a chance, but research which you leave. What is a constructive, main and energetically interesting to preserve? How is the location? The building Is full of character, has an emotional value? Useful included: the refurbishment of a well located, solid building with possibilities for the future have fewer resources and causes less waste on site. There are few buildings where creative is nothing to catch. At first sight a meaningless place or space can be just very grateful to to to to an interesting place.

on the Other hand, we have less successful buildings, or buildings falling to ruin, too much effort to energetically improve and do not meet our desired spatial planning, dare to break and replace. The break-down of the less interesting buildings also gives new impulses to the city. Vessel new construction, not to rigid on when a new structure of new materials. Materials recovered can be part of it. From environmental awareness advocate, we are sure to think carefully about how materials apply.

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2. When is a design successful? And any design of your desk is a good example of that?

A successful design brings together the obvious spatial issues, with more indirect requirements to a popular whole with a storyline. No story that a sober answer to a part of the questions and the other requirements are ignored, but a comprehensive answer on a wide range of a variety of questions, such as emotion and sensitivity, foresight, and adaptability, meegroeiwonen, light, space and views, economic feasibility, durability and functionality. The final design should allow for space to change.

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