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Steel for wholesaler Stone

The current mishmash of buildings that grew up organically on the premises of Stone, a wholesaler dealing in natural stone, terrazzo and ceramic tiles, was crying out for a clear sense of order. The site has been rethought and reorganised to create a functional separation between storage, production and staff areas. The new buildings (production hall, slab hall and office building) are built on a steel structure and positioned as freestanding independent spaces that conform to the laws of industrial construction. And although it is a natural stone processing company, all facades are finished with profiled metal cladding, thereby establishing a visual connection between old and new. Subtle differences in colour and degree of detailing differentiate the volumes according to their specific function. All the interiors of the various buildings are finished in the same white-painted, repetitive steel structure, which is left exposed.
  • Grote Steenweg 13, Zulte
  • Stone, Zulte
  • Tab Architects, Gent
    Architect / Designer
  • Engitop, Deinze-Astene
    Structural engineering
  • R. Bohez & Cie (VL Trac Bohez construct), Waregem
    General contractor
  • R. Bohez & Cie, Waregem
    Steel contractor
  • Verhoye, Meulebeke (facades)
    Other steel applications