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ALSEMBERG

ALSEMBERG

Family house in Uccle

Description: Transformation and renovation of an warehouse into a residential housing.
Type of project: Housing – Familyhouse
Type of customer: Private
Department: Transformation and renovation
Location: Uccle, Brussels (BE)
Surface area:  280 m²
Year: 2020-2022
Pictures:  Delphine Mathy
Contractor: MP instal 
Stability engineers : Verhelst Engineers

Located in Uccle in the interior of a city block, an aluminum coloring warehouse that had been abandoned for more than 10 years was converted into a passive house for the owners.

The ensemble formed by the carriage entrance and the abandoned warehouse covers the entire plot. It offers sufficient surfaces and sizes for the development of their personal project.

The concept is simple: to work on the void.  By creating a patio at the entrance and a garden at the back, the project can develop the necessary and sufficient facade surfaces to bring natural light into all the living rooms, entirely glazed. By adding a floor in the existing template, we provide the additional floor areas necessary for the program, while promoting the compactness of the whole and thus ensuring better energy performance. More fundamentally, this work allows the restoration of open spaces and the block is considerably aerated.

The structure is mixed: slab and floor in reinforced concrete for thermal inertia, spans and the absence of finishing, steel posts fully integrated into the insulated walls, steel frame entirely made with the elements of the existing dismantled frame.

Inside, the floors were made of rammedearth and the walls were plastered with clay, two totally circular products, made from the unpolluted and undisturbed excavated earth of the urban sites of Brussels. The terrazzo terrace slabs are made from reused materials (dismantled facades).

The workshop is covered with galvanized corrugated sheets selected for their low cost, longevity and ability to reflect solar heat. The same criteria determined the choice of anodized aluminum frames. The industrial language is a deliberate nod to the workshop’s past.

DECOSTER

DECOSTER

DECOSTER

Transformation of a car area in a green area 

Description: Multifuncional space, architecture atelier and a thematich urban garden 
Type of project: Social , Landscape
Type of customer: Private
Department: Transformation
Location: Forest, Brussels (BE)
Surface area: 400 m²
Year: 2022

The Decoster project is the transformation of the disused sheds, offices and stables into an architectural atelier ; the transformation of garages into a multifuncional space. And finally the demolition of garages and the courtyard to install a thematic urban vegetable garden;

Some  non-profit organizations, schools and neighborhood associations are directly adjacent to our project, allowing us to consider a series of collaborations

Passing from an entirely devoted  car area and totally mineralized to a common space mainly green, dedicated to its environment and to the interconnections that it could create, the site seems to us to bring an appreciable added value to the cour but also to the district.

As for the revaluation of the buildings, the objective in terms of architecture is to insert itself soberly into the existing buildings: To fit into the existing bays, to preserve the facade walls, the roof slopes. Restore the bricks both inside and outside, keep the structures as much as possible and reuse what can be reused. Enhance the few details of the façade work done on the old offices and restore everything that can and should be restored.

SCARABAEUS II

SCARABAEUS II

SCARABAEUS II

A new cultural center for Schaerbeek 

Description: transformation of the Elite cinema and Scarabaeus theatre into a new socio-cultural facility in collaboration with l’Escaut 
Type of project: Cultural
Type of customer: Public
Department: Transformation and renovation
Location: Schaerbeek, Brussels (BE)
Year: 2019-2020

In the historic heart of Schaerbeek,the project consists of the transformation of the former Elite cinema and Scarabaeus theatre into a new socio-cultural facility accessible to all and open to its neighbourhood. The project involves the renovation, reconstruction and extension of an old cinema, a theatre and a tenement building with a view to creating a new facility with stage areas, adaptable spaces for various cultural and social activities, as well as technical and administrative areas. 

LONGUE

LONGUE

LONGUE HAIE

Conversion of a former hospice into a 10 apartments building

Description: transformation of an old hospice into a 10-family building
Type of project: Housing
Type of customer: Private
Department: Transformation
Location: Linkebeek, Vlanderen (BE)
Surface area: 760 m²
Year: 2016-2019

Located in a green area of Linkebeek, the former hospice on rue de la Longue Haie has been transformed into an apartment building. Taking advantage of the existing volume, the project aims to offer architectural quality to the housing by working on the composition of the façades, the addition of suspended terraces and the treatment of the surroundings.

Picture credit : Fred Sablon

CANS

CANS

CANS

Two new duplex in a typical Brussels house

Description: Transformation of a family house into a two apartment building 
Type of project: Housing
Type of customer: Private
Department: Renovation and conversion
Location: Ixelles, Brussels, (BE)
Surface area: 400 m²
Year: 2017-2019

In a very densely populated island near the lively Place Fernand Coq, a typical Brussels house is grafted onto the rear facade of a rectangular parallelepiped.

The transformation and extension of this former apartment building into an island interior makes it possible to increase the surface area and improve the quality of the four apartments while offering a diversity of typologies and preserving the intrinsic qualities of the front building.