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.
On a site occupied by faculty buildings, the Université Libre de Bruxelles is implementing a re-urbanisation project formed of a mix of housing and offices, intended to bring continuous activity to the university campus. The five-storey apartment buildings of average size reinterpret the traditional Brussels plot by providing openings that constitute windows onto the development’s public spaces that consequently become an inherent part of the overall environment.
Low Carbon in La Rochelle
Our winning project in the Atlantech low carbon housing competition explores the spatial qualities of the traditional village albeit in an urban context. Four resolutely contemporary blocks combine to form alleyways and squares that recall the poetic sequences of historic La Rochelle.
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.