The project relates to the conversion of a tertiary sector building into a building whose multi-generational use and diversity of typologies depart from the conventional (studios, and apartments with one or two rooms). The idea of multi-generational accommodation originates from the well-known model of assisted living residences for the elderly. The project evolves in order to meet the needs of other age groups, with shared spaces and other services put in place in order to meet the requirements of the technical specification.
A former industrial building converted into residential accommodation, the development features 47 loft-type apartments plus an additional six accommodation units in a new building. Despite the extensive renovation involved, a deliberate choice was made to draw on existing values expressed by the former Bata shoes factory, evoking a past that is, to many, a living memory. Historic features are made to echo in an architecture that pays homage to man’s labour and his industrial heritage, finding a contemporary expression through dialogue between new and existing fabric.
The project follows up on the commissioning of the competition winning COFINIMMO/CIT-BLATON/ART & BUILD team, whose bid for the renovation of two existing ULB student residences was retained in 2011.The renovation of the first building, the Mandela residence on the avecnue des courses in Ixelles, is being completed and offers students a new generation of quality dwellings, only a stone’s throw from the Solbosch campus.
On the site of former woodworking factory overlooking the Parisian Saint Ouen cemetery, this new housing project was commissioned by a private developer. Some 61 apartments face onto the quiet streets while 10 family houses are nestled to the rear of the site, each giving onto a landscaped garden. The perimeter building is conceived as a rational, mineral form upon which a ‘village’ of duplex apartments spreads out across the roof terrace in an organic fashion.
The project is in close proximity to Zaha Hadid’s Cité du Savoir et du Sport, and the design aims to express the spatial and environmental guidelines as laid out by Art & Build for the neighbourhood. The block includes 29 apartments and retail space to the ground floor. The building will respond to the BBC-Effinergie label which calls for very efficient energy consumption.
Art&Build’s +H³ project sets out to explore and integrate environmental issues in an entirely new architectural territory. The aim is market a reasonably priced, flexible housing unit with a positive ecological footprint, using prefabricated wooden structures stacked to form a collective building. The project sets out to create a fully “recyclable” unit according to the Cradle to Cradle paradigm.