A building anchored to it’s location, place and time
The New City Lebeau-Sablon
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Program: 41.500 total GEA m2.
Today, the Sablon district is a popular place to live, work, shop and go out. Unlike the very centre of the city it’s a place where locals like to stay, along with visitors and tourists.
We started working on this specific design task without stylistic preconceptions, developing our design from a close reading of the character and atmosphere of the place. Our buildings shape streets and squares, enhancing their qualities and characteristics. Our proposal employs different architectural languages resulting in a rich tapestry of public spaces.
With our design we embrace a richness of detail and materialisation in keeping with the surrounding architectural culture of the place. To reinforce this ambition we propose the reuse of materials that have been used for the buildings we are going to alter or replace; not only from the point of view of sustainability, but also because it intensifies the experience of the projects’ character being anchored to their location, in place and time.
We distinguish five separate building projects in the scheme that are visible from the public space. All of these projects are connected by a collective inner garden on a raised deck and a parking garage below.
project A, Place de la Justice, hotel (design MLA+)
project B, Rue Lebeau, retail and apartments (design Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten)
project C, corner building Sablon, retail and apartments
project D, restoration and renovation Paille building, offices (design Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten)
project E, Ruysbroeck Square, café and apartments (design MLA+)
project F, Garden court (design Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten)
2018 competition design complete
MLA+: Evert Dorresteijn, Emiel Koole, Joost Kok, Wing Yung, Fergus Wachala Kelly, Emanuel Dad-Kahn, Gerard Maccreanor
Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architects