Textual content description supplied by the architects. Involving a large number of associations and organizations, the ECAM challenge demonstrates the relevance of growing an appropriation construction that enables totally different makes use of of the identical website by totally different actors. These embrace, amongst others, the youth, early childhood, and sports activities metropolis providers, the buitenling extracurricular affiliation, a scholastic library, and a youth heart.
AgwA has confirmed its capacity to develop a challenge able to adapting to the multiplicity of its occupants, able to providing a diversified program inside the identical house, and able to speaking and being enriched by all of the challenge’s stakeholders, nonetheless, different they could be. The housing blocks of Brussels are characterised by their parcel-based division. The coherence of the streets is as a lot linked to this typology as to the model of the homes. The challenge extends this precept to the inside of the block making out of doors areas and constructed areas, new or outdated, cohabit.
Fairly merely, this technique creates urbanity: every factor occupies a number of plots, with out superimposing packages. The sample of identities stays easy and legible, within the apparent continuity of the present block. As in a village, the totally different scales coexist naturally, creating areas of passage and encounters, collective areas, and extra intimate ones.
The primary motion is that of opening the block and giving residents the opportunity of crossing it, of having fun with the park, the playground, and the location’s actions. With entrances to the location from three totally different streets, variations in ranges, and a landscaped walkway, this out of doors house turns into a mediator for entry and customers. The challenge is directly instructional, cultural, and social, revitalizing the actions of the neighborhood with out disconnecting from the residential block during which it’s inserted.
AgwA performed a typological research of the location. The goal was to not standardize all of the buildings however quite to respect the totally different current aesthetics by taking part in on a variation of architectural complexities. This identical analysis is expressed within the typological proposals for the totally different entrance methods, permitting for a richer and extra refined play of entry to the location. This strategy generates an city challenge that’s higher built-in into its setting and responds extra discreetly to the urbanity problems with the block.
For ECAM, sustainable technical selections had been established in keeping with arbitration and an financial logic based mostly on attention-grabbing and worthwhile return occasions in the long term. The primary problem was to optimize the present buildings and reduce new development. Solely 1362m² of your complete challenge is newly constructed and follows passive standards.
Sustainability can be mirrored within the structure, within the maximization of out of doors areas, within the legibility of the spatial construction, within the human scale of the locations, within the flexibility of use, and within the accessibility for PRM. The environmental high quality of the challenge is a significant situation: minimization of impermeable surfaces, creation of a storm basin, plant range, and many others. The inside of the block is reworked into a brand new biodiversity reserve inside the metropolis.