In the west of Lommel a big area is waiting for the Iron Rhine, the railway connecting Antwerp with the Ruhr Area, starting to be developed as an industrial and logistic area. The proposed masterplan shows a hard border between the landscape to be maintained and the area to be developed.
The proposed masterplan interweaves both. In the landscape purification of the waste water of the industry can take place, slowly creating a natural lake in the landscape. As long as the new areas are not developed, the proposition is to use the area as a tree plantation. Once the developments start, the trees inside are removed, leaving the outside as a green screen. This creates natural chambers in which the developments get built.
The icon of this new development will be a business hotel with a health resort. The hotel is placed at the originated lake. In the building, nature is lifted on a slope through the building. The program of the resort is connected to this slope. The public functions of the hotel are pilled around the central entrance hall. The corridors to the rooms are like streets that end in this central space. By using one of the 4 elevators the hotel guest can easily access the health resort.
This project was the graduation project of David Dooghe as an architect, his mentor was Livia de Bethune, his studio mentor Erik Van Daele
2oo3 Lommel, Belgium