VBM architects has designed the BSBO School in Halmaalweg Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The school was built to take care of mentally handicapped and autistic children, this is the good attempt of the randomized openings on the elevation which is the result of the program to stimulate the visual sensitivity of the children.
+ Project description courtesy of VBM architects
To avoid non-systematic spatial growth, the first step was to design the extension together with a long-term master plan. The built and the green areas are interlaced and have a continuous mutual contact. The extension can be stepped in 3 phases, but it always maximizes the garden and playground surfaces.
The extremely simple and consequent structural concept is cost effective, while the form of the facades is the result of the programme that explicitly expressed the need of autistic children for visual stimuli positioned in a randomised rhythm.
+ Project credits / data
Design team – architecture: VBM architecten (Bogdan & Van Broeck Architects and LAVA Architecten)
Project: BSBO School
Site: Halmaalweg Sint – Truiden,
Design date: 2003 first prize Open Oproep 3
Completion: 2005 – 2006
Budget: € 844,983
Engineering: BSTK ingenieursbureau
Health and safety adviser: Ve-Co bvba
Contractor: Postelmans – Frederickx nv