City Dox

2014 - 2019

Construction of 93 flats, SIE (semi-industrial workshops), and retail boulevard...

Site
Boulevard Industriel 1070 Brussels
Client
Atenor (Immobilière de la petite île)
Structural engineering
BST
Services engineer
Matriciel
Copyrights
Pixelab, De Kinder
Surfaces
20 644 m² above ground level and 3 271 m² below ground level
Budget
20.000.000 € htva

Complete description

The project shown here is architectesassoc+’s last-ditch bid for significant content on a site developed within a financial frame of reference focusing exceedingly more on return than on input. But the challenge is stimulating and the site baffling, lost in the middle of nowhere alongside this western stretch of Brussels’ canal zone. CITY DOX is an exercise in mixity, offering not just housing (93 flats) but also ultra-modular workspace floating atop an uninterrupted semi-industrial ground floor. Accordingly density and synergy are critical issues here, leading to attentively assembled volumes conglomerating to form a coherent city block, itself just one of the dozen or so constituting this large-scale soon-to-come neighborhood.

Massing along the main boulevard is slightly set back for acoustic reasons with housing turned towards the quieter and more verdant canal-side. Silhouettes are simple, sometimes askew in order to widen perspectives, preserve intimacy, or get more sunshine in. A highly flexible typical floorplan characterizes workspace, allowing modular use and straightforward sub-divisions. Because of security issues and the superpositions mentioned above, physical connections between functions is challenging, leading to a design pushing connections with surroundings instead. Consequently for example floor-to-ceiling windows and full-width terraces fourish. Indeed, the bucolic poplar-lined canal way off in the yonder is CITY DOX’s best asset : hence the shared views of this peaceful landscape federates all present, whatever the occupation.