The Standaert site

The inner area of a block becomes community space at the initiative of the neighbourhood

In late 2013 the city of Ghent bought the grounds of the former Standaert DIY shop in the centre of Ledeberg. The residents' initiative 'Ledeberg Doet het Zelf' set the ball rolling by organizing a referendum on the future of the Standaert site. At that point, a participatory process of temporary use with local citizens and organizations was set up to test possible uses for the site. This process led to the definition of a master plan and very sharp design questions. The answer put forward by the design coalition of ae architecten, Carton123 and murmuur involved transforming the former sawmill across the site into a central pavilion with a passageway connecting the outdoor spaces on either side. The uses of the inner space were defined by the citizens and local community: on the ground floor a bike repair shop and an inn, on the first floor a space for neighbourhood associations. The benches on the outer wall make it clear that there is no need to consume to be welcome here.

partners and actors
AE-architecten, Carton123 architecten, murmuur architecten, Landschapsatelier Arne Deruyter, Marc Nagtzaam, H110 ingenieurs, Ledeberg Doet het Zelf, Sogent, City of Ghent
innovative aspects
participation, temporary use