The project Zennetuin consists of 3 houses and a large public garden in the heart of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Brussels. The route of the former river, Kleine Zenne, is still clearly present on the site as an open space surrounded by an array of building typologies: warehouses, residential buildings and public service buildings. The ground is polluted with heavy metals and is exempt from remediation on the condition that the existing concrete floor slab is preserved and not perforated.
For the construction of the Zennetuin we will thus start building on this slab. Large ‘sculpted flower pots’ and a spacious layer of ground on the concrete slab will guarantee sufficient chances of survival for vegetation and for the complex water management.
What is important for the project are the design of a forecourt at the street wall, the design of covered playing areas and the potential relationships towards the surrounding plots and buildings. The semi industrial image of the area will remain preserved as much as possible. The Zennetuin is nestled as an oasis within the raw cityscape.
Reflecting the raw character of the surrounding industrial cityscape, this housing project in the heart of Brussels is clad panels that show the raw, untreated texture of fibre cement.
These fibre cement EQUITONE panels (previously produced under the name ETERNIT) are a composite material that consists of cement, cellulose and mineral materials, reinforced by a visible matrix. Due to its material nature, each panel used is unique and can be perforated or printed.
The project Zennetuin consists of 3 houses and a large public garden. The route of the former river, Kleine Zenne, is still clearly present on the site as an open space surrounded by an array of building typologies: warehouses, residential buildings and public service buildings.
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EQUITONE is a brand of the belgian based ETEX Group. EQUITONE facade materials are manufactured In Germany and Belgium and commercialised worldwide in over 60 countries.
EQUITONE is a range of versatile façade materials and textures developed with and for design architects. Every EQUITONE façade panel is unique, showing the raw texture of the fibre cement base material. EQUITONE materials come in a maximum panel size of 10´x 4´ (3100x1250mm) and can easily be transformed in any shape or size to suit the desired façade modulation. EQUITONE fibre cement materials can be perforated, printed or sanded. Fixing methods include riveting, screwing, gluing and invisible mechanical fixing on metal or wood supporting frames. Details executed with the through coloured EQUITONE materials are clean and monolithic.