A 19th century industrial site in Ruislede forms the historically valuable framework for this competition entry. In a protected building an institution for special youth care is further developed and reorganized. The central theme in the conception of the new areas is the relationship between the inhabitants and the environment – from the room as the most private space in the institution, to the common areas where they connect. The buildings are internally emptied so that the rhythm of the windows is felt and the relationship between interior and exterior is restored. The different circulation patterns are optimized. During the immersion period, it became clear that monitoring, acoustics and divisibility are key words in the design of an effective campus. The living spaces were designed in such a way that they can easily be divided into subgroups thanks to the double orientation and natural lighting. The internal circulation is part of the living group resulting in smooth areas without borders. We created an environment with a homely atmosphere. Each room is deliberately different because every youngster is unique. By emptying the spaces, window sills can be used as benches, a bed, a sofa or as a familiar nest where someone can come to relax. The project was a team collaboration with: engineers Grontmij Belgium NV, acoustical engineers Lunahra bvba, heritage-expert Johan Grootaers and artist Benoît van Innis.