FESG wins 2017 FireForum Award

FESG has won the prestigious FireForum Award in the category for architects and consultancies. The fire safety design for the redevelopment of the “Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk” in Poelkapelle (West-Flanders) was the best in a whole series of projects.

The project was part of a renovation of the church intended for out-of-school day-care, offices for “Kind & Gezin”, a reception area for the municipal staff and a liturgical room. The day-care centre was designed as a “box-in-a-box” concept. The design focussed on an open architecture giving special attention to the implementation of an open staircase and the use of the existing materials.

The open staircase, serving as main staircase for the building, connects the different levels of the building creating an atrium in one large compartment. The application of traditional prescriptive fire safety legislation would have made it impossible to implement the envisioned open architectural design. More specifically, the strict legislation with regards to compartmentation cannot be applied to a “box-in-a-box” concept showing a lot of comparison to an atrium.

The application of creative design solutions with regards to fire safety has made it possible to maintain an open architectural design by obtaining the safety goals prescribed by the legislative documents in an alternative way. This project fits perfectly with the upcoming trend to give a new interpretation to little-used historic buildings by designing creatively.

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