The Vander Ghinste family has been brewing beer for five generations in Bellegem near Courtai. As the brewery has grown over the years, the need for a new brewhouse has become apparent.
In this design process, Ney & Partners WOW carried out the execution study of the timber frame for Jonchkeere Spanten, consisting of the study of the structure, its assembly and the execution drawings. The framework has the particularity of being a reciprocal structure. It is a form of self-supporting framework in which each beam is supported on the next one and at the same time carries the previous beam, thus avoiding a central post.
In addition to the dimensioning of the wooden elements, the study of the connections represented the main challenge of this reciprocal structure. Indeed, reciprocal structures are more sensitive to the stiffness of the assembly, so it was necessary to design an assembly that was both stiff, easy to implement, and which of course met the aesthetic requirements of the project.