TOWARDS A CIRCULAR FUTURE

Although the term itself has more recent origins, for fifteen years now architectesassoc+ has been engaging and investigating in Circular building design. 

At their time of conception, back when Passive construction was the primary focus, Aeropolis II (2006) and the ELIA headquarters (2010) were respectively the largest passive office buildings in Belgium and the Benelux. Their prefab modular wooden facades were integral part of the concept, the skin able to be dismantled and easily renewed, making the buildings reversible and flexible in the long run. Further renovation projects like the Rue de Namur and HD54 took these ideas further, evolving and refining these flexible skins. The durable, mineral aspect of the fašades often belie their underlying wooden structure. 

Then, Leopold Views transformed a disused office tower into a shimmering residential high-rise at the entrance of Brussels. As a matter of fact, most of our projects turn around a durable core -whether it be new or existing- and lighter, smarter infill elements and fašade construction. 

We're more than thrilled to get ever more renovation opportunities where reuse and future readiness are key. So now, looking towards an exciting future, we can't wait to reconvert the abandoned Royal Mint (KMR) into a multifunctional hub where office space, co-living, bars and shops meet. Here the brief is reversed: the mission is to maintain the architectural character of the iconic building along the Pacheco Boulevard, while adapting it to the actual and future needs. Project under research for Befimmo, stay tuned for more news in 2021!