RAY is a completely transparent construction. It is not there. But it is. Standing on the street, seeing and feeling the surroundings, but at the same time feeling a kind of security and comfort. There is a simultaneous connection and disconnection with it’s environment.
该建筑采用了标准的温室建筑系统，原因很明显：成本、建造速度和可用性。为了将 "温室"融入周围环境，我们应用了一些建筑上的 "调整"。玻璃建筑的屋顶坡度是根据教堂圣殿的屋顶坡度设计的，也与项目的立面完全一致。
The construction was built using a standard system of greenhouse construction. For obvious reasons: cost, speed and availability. In order to integrate the ‘greenhouse’ into its surroundings, we applied a number of architectural ‘tweaks’: The slope of the roof of the glass construction is based on the roof slope of the sacristy of the church. The orangery also stands perfectly in line with the front facade of this sacristy.
因此，温室的玻璃屋顶也与Sint-Niklaaskerk和市政厅（Robbrecht & Daem）的屋顶坡度完美契合，但相较于周边环境稍微出挑了一点点，这个细节赋予了建筑外观一定的视觉冲击力。这座玻璃建筑不仅仅是一座 "落地"的温室，而是在周围的环境中自然而然地沉淀下来。
The glass roof of the greenhouse thus also fits perfectly with the roof slope of the Sint-Niklaaskerk and the city hall (Robbrecht & Daem) a bit further. A detail, but with a visual impact. The glass building is not just a ‘landed’ greenhouse, but it settles in its surroundings. Naturally.
RAY seamlessly connects to the public domain. The intention is that it functions as a public domain, where people can walk in and out freely. Large sliding gates ensure that the building becomes street, and the street becomes building. But always sheltered from the famous Belgian rain.
After RAY is dismantled, the site will be completely restored to its original state, without any permanent visible damage. “The rice wood that we collect: set it up, and it is a hut. pull it over: there is the field again. Junichiro Tanizaki.”
Like a plane or a boat, RAY is what it is, and looks as it is, evident as an exact link between ratio and poetry, responding to the setting, and its beauty is almost self-evident.
Project name: RAY
Company name: Delmulle Delmulle Architecten
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Ghent
Completion Year: 2017
Building area (m²): 210 m²
Photo credits: Frederik Vercruysse