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Dolez / B612

  • Architects: B612
  • Location: City of Brussels, Belgium
  • Architects: B612 Associates
  • Project Designers: Olivier Mathieu, Li Mei Tsien
  • Budget: 7,500,000 €
  • Area: 5988.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Serge Brison

© Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison © Serge Brison

From the architect. The project is a new housing complex of 34 high-standard apartments from 1 to 3 bedrooms. It is located in a valley floor between the so-called plateau Avijl and Kauwberg, two high-value ecological sites of Uccle (a Brussels' District). This is a very sensitive situation at the articulation of urban and rural spaces and the border of a protected natural site.

Our proposal was to reinforce the existing connections with the landscape. Its formal expression is based on a sound analysis of the site topography and the morphology of the built surrounding.

The apartments are organized into those two main buildings (with four floors each) around a common garden. This disposition offers a high permeability from the public space to the central garden and the open natural space of the Kauwberg in the background. It also generates a large panel of different apartments that enjoy generous roof terraces, balcony and private gardens.

© Serge Brison
© Serge Brison

The facades are composed so to echo the random yet regular principles of natural patterns : the elegant windows alternate with sober light gray masonry in an non define but strict rhythm while the aluminum balcony are inspired by the surrounding bamboo motive.

© Serge Brison
© Serge Brison

The two main volumes of the project slope down from the street in the direction of the Kauwberg and melt into it the landscape as the green-roofs' gardens rejoin the soil.

The project is conceived as a continuous unfolding movement that weaves the urban constructions with their natural environment.

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