Housing, with retail spaces and offices in Lommel, a boomtown at the Belgian-Dutch border
The first thing we did was to push up a leaf of paper to form a continuous roof. "Fold, make creases, but don't cut" is the topological credo. Then, in an effort to follow a natural dynamic, which is [in] the leaf, we tried to get close to the triangular site conditions, also by making a few sketches at the side.
Individual houses are fit in, as if they were hung from our continuous roof. On can read this in the jumps of the floors.
The overall building takes the shape of a square in a triangle. One may wonder whether such a form ranges under the category [...]of 'non-things' or 'antinomy'. It is how philosopher Emmanuel Kant labeled 'things that can't be imagined'. In the same category we already shaped an office building by projecting a square into a circle (Amersfoort, The Netherlands).
Because the building takes on arbitrary wedge-shaped forms around a square (with a parking beneath) we have trimmed the individual houses. Their proportion changes from shallow and wide to narrow and deep (patio) houses at opposite sides of the wedge.