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Kalmthout fire tower

Together with Nohnik, we are building a new fire tower in the Kalmthoutse Heide.
  • Architect: NOHNIK

  • Client: Municipality of Kalmthout - Agency for Nature and Forest

  • Budget: € 750.000

  • Timing: 2019 - 2022

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Jens Cools

  • Advisors: ABT (stability, techniques), O.C.B. (safety coordination)

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The basis of the design is a steel truss structure, made up of several triangles and divided into segments, each 6 metres high.

The steel will have a green-grey coating with a natural look so that it can blend in with the environment in which the tower will be built.

The comfortable stairs and the various platforms will be constructed in wood.

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At 12 and 24 metres, spacious viewing platforms of 6.4 x 6.4 metres were designed. High, safe parapets made of vertical wooden slats are provided for both the stairs and the viewing platforms.

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A comfortable unit for the fire watch will be located at 30 metres. With an area of 15m², it will create a pleasant workplace with 360-degree views of the nature reserve. On top of the unit there is room for a technical room and Astrid's communication mast. The mast extends to the desired height of 42 metres and also provides space for telecom companies to connect equipment.

As the executive architect, we help the designing architects with all construction-technical and financial issues so that they can fully concentrate on the design. We also monitor the execution and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can make our dreams come true.

"The impact on the surroundings had to be as low as possible," executive architect Michaël De Roeck insists. "The planning and assembly also had to be ready on time so as not to cause any nuisance during the breeding season. This was taken care of by good preparation at the start of the works, with as many construction details as possible being clarified in 3D models. Subsequently, as much as possible was prepared in the workshop to speed up assembly on site".

Courthouse Michael

Meet our project team

From Team Architecture (public sector Flanders) (5)

B B Barbara Arts 8055 Large

arch. Barbara Arts

Project architect
Safety coordinator
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ILZE 9 6 23 569 A8885 Gemiddeld

arch. ilze De Backer

Project architect
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B B Lieslot Prinsie 7281 Large Medium

arch. Lieselot Prinsie

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Michael 569 A3628 4568

ir. arch. Michaël De Roeck

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Thomas Cantraine

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