District Water Board Brabantse Delta
The project is a design where new and old meet in an ensemble of conservation and innovation. The Bouvigne estate with castle, chapel and gatehouse has been converted and enriched with an elegant and timeless office building. The new modular building inserts itself in a natural, appropriate and monumental way and divides the estate into two green spaces: an original and elegant French garden and a new orchard of walnut trees. An inviting entrance hall gives an open viewing axis towards the castle, following the line of the gatehouse. The layering of the depth of the façade and the locations and orientation of the offices are all designed for an optimal connection with the green surroundings. The sober and subtle detailing of the building defines the architecture. Flexibility, use of high-quality materials and sustainable interior features give shape to a comfortable and representative working environment. The building is functional and efficient. The practical work spaces in the meeting rooms and offices are neutral and user friendly. The castle is used as a conference centre, while the chapel houses the Water Board Council.