A l’Ile

Mixed-use neighborhood of 400 social apartments, industries and schools in Anderlecht
Shortlisted competition, First prize – Ongoing project
With : AHA, noA architecten, Sergison Bates architects, Korteknie Stuhlmacher architecten, Boom Landscape, Detang Engineering, Group D, Antea Group, Daidalos Peutz, Codives 
For : SLRB, city dev
Size : 74.000 m2
Budget : 100.000.000€

Our proposal is to develop the site with a strong and palpable identity - to utilise the idea of a Quarter and to make a unique urban place with a special atmosphere.  Whilst maintaining links and physical relationships to the adjacent neighbourhood, the main body of the site could hold a distinctive and consistent character where repetition of typology, building form and material are the armoury of recognisable components that succeed in defining this new urban quarter. The ‘space-between’ buildings is as important as the buildings themselves, contributing both to the feeling of a positively charged urban environment. This strategy is flexible in accommodating various scales, mixed programmes and existing buildings. A variety of typological forms are proposed that fit together to form the ‘assembled city’. Sentinels, pitched shed-like, mansion blocks and gateway buildings create a conglomerate of buildings that together represent this mixed-use community in which working, living and learning sit side by side. Each building reinforces the whole and yet each is individually responding to a specific role and function. However, for it to ‘read’ as a cohesive neighbourhood the project sets out some clear ideas about spatial proximities between buildings, height relationships and material consistencies. Equally important is a liberal pedestrian movement through the courtyards and under-passages of permeable blocks.