Midi Suède

First residential passive building in Brussels

The project aims to ensure the visual continuity of the constructions and a fluid transition with regard to the type and size of the neighbouring buildings. A dual perception emerges, depending on the direction the viewer is looking in, which corresponds to the two scales articulated by the project: the modern city of the 1960s and the historic city of the nineteenth century.

Starting out from a straight line in the row of façades, the project proposes to create loggia-like excrescences according to an apparently random framework, loggias which are the contemporary embodiment of the principle of the classical bow-window as can be found in the streets of the municipality. The loggias, treated alternatively as solids and voids, enable lateral views from the building all the while managing the level of privacy between the dwellings and enabling the best intake of daylight in this urban context.

  • LocationBrussels - Belgium
  • ClientSociété d’Economie Mixte (SEM) - SDRB/BPI
  • Timing2007 - 2011
  • Size3800 m²
  • StatusCompleted
  • TypologyHousing
  • CollaboratorsStructural Engineer : Bureau Matriche / Technical Engineer: Concept Control / Acoustical Engineer: Daidalos Peutz / Health and safety: aCSC
  • AwardsMIPIM Finalist: Best residential development (2012) / Winner of Exemplary Buildings 2007
  • PublicationsDe Standaard - p. 47-48 "Passiefappartement spaart energie", April 2009 / Architectural revue be.passive N°4, p. 6-7, August 2010 / Architectural revue be.passive N°8, p. 8-9, July 2011 / DETAILS N°26, p.78-85, Seoul, September 2011 / Archiurbain - TV program on Télé Bruxelles, November 2012 / Bruxelles Architectures de 1950 à aujourd'hui - Architecture guide - p.258-259 ; January 2013
Midi Suède
Midi Suède
Midi Suède
Midi Suède
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