Kasterlinden campus for children with disabilities opens its doors
The Flemish Community Commission College opened the 'Kasterlinden - De Poolster' campus in Sint-Agatha Berchem on Friday. The institute has long been a frontrunner in terms of education for children with hearing, speech or vision impairment and autism spectrum disorders.
Guests enjoyed a reception with a guided tour, during which the architects from POLO Architects and BOB361 gave an insight into their design and construction details of these specialised school buildings. "The result is more than just a feast for the eyes", said Minister Guy Van Hengel during his speech.
The numerous small interventions allowing pupils to study more easily are thoughtful additions designed by POLO Architects. The surroundings of the green campus were designed by landscape architect Dirk Vandekerkhove.
Two years after the groundbreaking, the 18 000 m² school complex is ready to open its doors. The project includes an elementary school, a secondary school, a sports centre, a boarding school, a rehabilitation centre, vast outdoor play areas, green spaces and an underground car park. With a value of 33.5 million euros, this new construction project is the biggest investment in the history of the Flemish Community Commission.
Wouter Van Vaerenberg