位于布鲁塞尔的建筑和城市设计事务所NOTAN OFFICE展示了其在将工业院落改造成住宅群方面的专业知识，同时保留了该地的本质。该事务所的建筑策略包括重新利用原地元素和结构部件，这有助于他们创造一个融合了过去、现在和未来的强大身份。通过保持场地现有的DNA，NOTAN OFFICE避免了破坏场地的历史意义，他们的方法促进了场地遗产的连续性和尊重感。这种技术与城市发展项目高度相关，因为它鼓励采用可持续的建筑方法，重视一个地点的历史和文化遗产。
NOTAN OFFICE, a Brussels-based architecture, and urban design practice have demonstrated its expertise in transforming industrial courtyards into housing ensembles while preserving the essence of the place. The firm’s architectural strategy involves reusing in-situ elements and structural components, which helps them to create a strong identity that blends past, present, and future. By maintaining the existing DNA of the site, NOTAN OFFICE avoids disrupting the site’s historical significance, and their approach promotes a sense of continuity and respect for the site’s heritage. This technique is highly relevant for urban development projects, as it encourages a sustainable approach to architecture that values a location’s history and cultural heritage.
Microcity. The project is built in a dense area of Brussels, near the canal, a historically industrial area. The square facing the plot is an active urban pocket where trams, markets, schools, churches, and public activities meet. This mix was also very present in the given plot. On the square, an old townhouse from the late 1800s hides two long industrial halls sharing a courtyard.
在这种饱和的背景下，通过 “挖掘 “地块内的建筑体量，创建了一个住房组合，有3个多方向的体量，共享一个宽敞的公共花园。
In this saturated context and by “digging” inside the built mass of the plot, a housing ensemble is created with 3 multi-oriented volumes sharing a generous common garden.
The project is an agglomeration of volumes and scales in a green area. A typical Brussels townhouse, its extension resembling a Roman ruin, a brick industrial façade, some rounded steps, some elements of the past constructions, and the new tiled volumes; all with their private outdoor space overlooking the common garden… From the public square, as soon as the main door opens, a smooth transition between public, common, and private, and the flowing between the built feels like walking in a small village, a microcity.
In this idea of generating a small community, the ground floor is organized with programs that belong to everyone. The bicycle parking and a small atelier inside glass bricks are under the central volume. Semi-private gardens and living spaces articulate the common area. On this shared ground floor, all is fluid and transparent, accentuating the ensemble’s sense of belonging.
Genius Loci. The project respects the DNA of the place. Transforming an industrial site into housing should not kill its original identity. A promotional project on such a site should not rhyme with white-plastered facades and plastic windows.
Huge attention was given to the materials. For the outdoor as well as for then the indoor, the materiality avoids any artifice. They are shown as they are and valued as ornaments. The concrete blocks have no paint, the structure is shown and the project composes with them. No half blocks, no half tiles; all fit.
On top of that many elements are present on site before the project is reused, reinterpreted, and reorganized. Existing doors inside the apartments, the “porphire” tiles reorganized for the outdoor path, and the central building is partly supported by the former concrete structure of the former shed.
The new volume’s shape is within the former shed’s outlines. Setbacks were necessary to improve the living quality of each unit. This organic transformation of shapes generates peculiar spatial qualities that can only belong to that specific place. The red volume is a massive abstract volume standing on a transparent ground level. This strong identity belongs to the industrial language but also becomes adapted to housing in this environment.
The project wants to prolong the past history and respect the “spirit of the place”, it went from industry to housing but is still in an industrial environment.
内部。院子里的两个新体量都靠着邻近的墙壁。这些墙是 “膨胀 “的，以容纳所有技术元素以及流通、厨房、厕所和浴室。因此，生活区和卧室被推到外墙和光线处。
Inside. Both new volumes inside the courtyard are against the neighboring walls. Those walls are “inflated” in order to host all technical elements as well as circulation, kitchens, toilets, and bathrooms. Living areas and bedrooms are therefore pushed towards the façade and the light.
Architects: Notan Office
Area: 1080 m²
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, RENSON, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Cinca, Eternit, Microsoft Office, Trimble Navigation
Lead Architects: Frédéric Karam
Design Team: Frédéric Karam, Arthur Wéry
Engineering: Formes et structures
Outdoor Area: 450 m2