The project is located on the corner of Flèche Street and Faubourg Street, in a very urbanised area of the northern part of Brussels. This rebuilt corner plot is surrounded by a poor environment, in front of a monotonous and somber square. The project’s main aim was to give life to the site by using vibrant colors on the ground floor, thus reanimating the intersection and changing the way the site is perceived.
These buildings are part of a program initiated by the Brussels’ land management service that aims to provide average housing to rent for everybody. The building reaches five stories in height on part of the facade on Faubourg Street, restoring the built front on the corner of Flèche Street. Its volume allows a smooth connection with the neighbouring gable wall. The main facade is oriented toward the North.
The construction conforms to the « Low Energy Building Standard» criteria. Regarding the general insulation, we opted for an insulator thickness that provides for each appartment a Kmax value smaller than 30 (low energy). The construction materials were chosen keeping in mind their environmental impact, their origin and their low grey energy.
The building is composed of 12 appartments and has an elevator that provides access for people with disabilities to all of the housing units. A one-bedroom appartment fitted for people with disabilities and a three-bedroom appartment on the corner of the street occupy the ground floor. The first, second and third floors each have 3 one-bedroom appartments and 2 two-bedroom appartments. The fourth floor is occupied by a three-bedroom appartment.
The shared circulation areas are located outside, thus allowing a reduction of the heated volume and taking advantage of the sunlight as much as possible. The approach of providing housing for everybody doesn’t work if access into the building for people with disabilities is not well thought out. The public space was a main point of consideration, therefore the walking areas and the urban furniture are carefully planned. The access to the buildings and the driving areas were also kept in mind during the design process.