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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.

ZUIDZICHT HASSELT in Hasselt, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

 
December 3rd, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I

Master plan and design for 300 residential units along the canal in Hasselt Precast Concrete Awards 2014, Federation for concrete industry FEBE Nomination category Precast in Buildings

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  • Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
  • Project: ZUIDZICHT HASSELT
  • Location: Kempische Kaai 3500 Hasselt
  • Photography: Danica Kus
  • Surfaces: 11.297 m²
  • Gross floor area:
    • Approx. 288 living units and 876 m² commercial/offi ces
    • 11.297m² [grounds] + 34.760 m² [above-ground] + 13.890 m² [below-ground]
    • Phase 1: 8.807 m² [59 units and 3 units commercial/offi ces]
    • Phase 2: 8,669 m² [77 units]
    • Phase 3: 8,867 m² [82 units]
    • Phase 4: 9,177 m² [64 units]

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  • Energy Performance [EPB]: E60
  • Team: 
    • BURO II & ARCHI+I and Urban Planning in collaboration with Libost-groep nv [techniques] and Stubeco [stability], Bureau Bouwtechniek nv [Energy-saving construction and sustainability], Milieu and bouwconsult bvba [safety advisor]
    • Arch. Pieterjan Vermoortel [project director]
    • Arch. Mathias Kerremans [design architect]
    • Arch. Toon Desimpelaere [project architect]
    • Int.arch. Bart Decloedt [interior architect]
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Urban setting

This project in Hasselt is sited in an inner-city redevelopment zone where a former industrial site north of the centre is being redeveloped around a canal basin.
The design stems from a master plan. It will optimise the orientation and views of residential units. A recessed quayside along the waterfront will allow pedestrians and cyclists to move between the different zones. A bridge near the area’s pivotal square will link this route to the other side of the canal basin. This will create a loop-like route for the entire area. The section from the pivotal square to Single will be filled mainly by residential functions.

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Architecture

The buildings form part of an urban axis that includes buildings of a former gelatine factory. Open inner areas will retain transparency towards the area to the rear. An alternation of buildings and open spaces will serve as connecting zones and as peaceful spots.

The architecture is open and light and displays a rapport with the water. The scale of the project has been made unobtrusive by fragmenting the volume and by the glazed embodiment of luxurious penthouse apartments with double-height rooms. The inner gardens open out to the canal and to the area to the rear.

The project will be carried out in four phases. The first phase is the creation of 60 residential units and a few commercial premises on a new square being built by the city authorities.

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