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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Machelen in Belgium by Maxwan

August 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Maxwan

The future of Machelen-Diegem, located between the arteries of the capital of Europe, surrounded by airport, road and rail infrastructure.

The site, located between the arteries of the capital of Europe – Brussels (surrounded by airport, road and rail infrastructure), in the vicinity of strategic economic development, near a large city, yet affordable living in a green environment… Machelen and Diegem, for us designers, is a very interesting area.

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  • Architect: Maxwan
  • Name of Project: Machelen
  • Location: Machelen-Diegem, Belgium
  • Project category: Urban panning
  • Awards: 1st Prize Open Call
  • Client: City of Machelen
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3d max, Illustrator, Photoshop


  • Program: housing, facilities, public space
  • Site area: 1150 ha
  • Start of project: 1/1/2011
  • Design supervisor: Hiroki Matsuura, Rients Dijkstra
  • Team leader: René Sangers
  • Maxwan Team: Hiroki Matsuura, Rients Dijkstra and René Sangers with Artur Borejzso, Leena Cho, Jason Hilgefort, Nobuki Ogasahara, Ignas Uogintas, Aleksandar Hrib, Michele Sbrissa
  • Collabrator architect: 1010 architecture urbanism
  • Traffic engineer: Peter Brogt – Goudappel Coffeng BV


The principles are attractive but the balance between the different components is extremely fragile. The massive infrastructure provides an excellent access on regional scale, but cuts the local tissue into pieces. The economic development may bring prosperity, but do the advantages weigh against the disadvantages for the residents of the municipality?


The preliminary design for a master plan and quality plan is primarily for the residents of the villages. It shows that living in the town is worthwhile, and that its future is guaranteed. It’s a plan that first of all wants to address the specific impact of the regional infrastructure that has been rolled out over the villages without much consideration. Secondly, the plan enhances the internal organization of the cores and improves the neighborhoods by transforming the tissue, by the implantation of strategic facilities and by improving the quality of the public space. Image quality is an integral part of each of the subprojects and is enhanced by some specific proposals.





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Categories: 3dS Max, Autocad, Illustrator, Photoshop, Urban Design

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