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.
Square de l’Accueil in Brussels, Belgium by ARJM
May 18th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ARJM
The project \”Square de l’Accueil\” (Welcoming Square) includes a public square of 10,000 m2, 53 flats, a school, commercial spaces and an underground parking. The project itself includes all the components of the city at a smaller scale. The site is a neighborhood at a strategic entry point towards one of Brussels communes, Evere. The project is the missing « puzzle piece » to the realisation of the current site as an animated liveable space.
The project proposes to address the increasing diversity and density of a Brussels neighborhood by re-thinking the interplay and the transition between public and private spaces. This is achieved, first, through landscaping which is manifested by a green (vegetation) and a blue (water) thread running through the public place, the commercial spaces on the ground floor of the proposed building and the housing units.
The livability of the site is assured through a network of « communities of interest » : the larger community, the neighborhood, is progressively broken down into smaller bundles of individuals and households polarized towards shared spaces, firmly located within the site at large.
This proposed layout presents a viable tool to manage the density and the diversity of the urban context of the site, characteristic of Brussels today. The project uses the current site and its uses as the starting point, taking into account the historical evolution of the neighborhood. This approach contributes to the realization of the site’s full potential, thereby ensuring its longevity and usability in the urban landscape.
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