Haveskercke - Bambou

2013

Construction of 69 apartments and two single-family homes avenue de Haveskercke and rue du Bambou in Forest (work in progress)
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Site
Avenue de Haveskercke de 40-62 Rue du Bambou 18-38 1090 Brussels
Client
Matexi
Structural engineering
Bureau Van Ransbeeck
Surfaces
7 333 m² ground level and 3 078 m² below ground level
Budget
11 380 000 € htva

Complete description

Proposed volumes on this steep wooded site are double in nature, but of the same ‘family’.

At the top of the slope, they discreetly echo their natural and built surroundings on the Rue du Bambou. Like its neighbors, the building is backed up a few paces away from the existing street alignment, winding down between the magnificent trees and narrowly espousing the terrain, cornice levels and sections varying as it goes. South, it slims down to embrace the narrow footprints of the neighboring family homes. At its midriff the project gains noticeably in depth, finishing off to the north with an oblique gable creating restrained views of the adjacent office building. The resulting folds offer ‘breathing spaces’, interstices, breaking the built mass down to something more digestible ; dynamic vistas over the stunning treetops also help. The delicately calibered pitched roofs integrate the differing volumes on-hand.

On the bottom of the slope, proposed volumes on the Avenue de Haveskercke strictly follow present built alignment, thereby acquiescing to the norms: the existing opaque party wall disappears behind simple forms, unpretentiously redefining traditional street space. However, the roof lines once again vary in order to reduce impact, taking their cue from recognizable elements up on the Rue du Bambou in the background.

In both cases, in-depth studies of sunshine periods and cast shadows have instigated fine-tuning of all roof slopes in order to optimize light flow into gardens as well as housing spaces. Adhering to the project’s deliberately discreet vocation, dark dappled brick and mottled rooftop greenery are proposed throughout … one last shot at fitting in.