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51N4E

Speelpleinstraat . Merksem

51N4E . Speelpleinstraat . Merksem afasia (1)

51N4E . photos: © Filip Dujardin

The question was to create 144 childcare places on the plot of an existing municipal park maintenance service. The plot sits within a remarkable park environment, framed by tall trees. The building is designed as a pavilion within this park, a circular building with little distinction between front and back enriched by its relation with the varying surrounding conditions. Continue reading 51N4E

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51N4E

TID Tower . Tirana

51N4E . TID Tower . Tirana afasia (1)

51N4E . photos: © Stefano Graziani . + archdaily

Communism collapsed in Albania around 1991. Before, the country lived in severe isolation even from other socialist countries, a situation comparable to the disconnection of North Korea today. The violence during the regime found an equally violent counterpart in the way the country opened up to a so-called ‘free market regime’, which was in reality a destructive mix of pyramid schemes, widespread corruption and anarchy. Also the urban environment suffered from this, being victim to cancerous illegal settlements. People were building everywhere: on rooftops, in courtyards, parks and riverbeds. Continue reading 51N4E

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51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge

Paris Saclay student residence . Palaiseau

© Filip Dujardin

51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge . + archdaily

This project takes place in the urban planning of the Plateau de Saclay, along the public spaces chain, defined by XDGA and MDP. Within a coherent architecture, it links together the metropolitan scale of the site and a more intimism and domestic scale related to the dwellings. Continue reading 51N4E . Bourbouze & Graindorge

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Zorghotel Qaly Beersel . Beersel

51N4E . Zorghotel Qaly Beersel . Beersel afasia (1)

51N4E . photos: © Filip Dujardin . + archdaily

On the rolling landscape of a former farmer’s field, today enclosed by suburban development, new care, and recreation center for the elderly takes form. The main challenge was the integration of a building program larger than the surrounding villa tissue without disturbing the suburban qualities of Beersel. Continue reading 51N4E

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51N4E . Jaspers-Eyers . l’AUC

ZIN . Brussels

51N4E . Jaspers-Eyers .  l’AUC . ZIN . Brussels afasia (1)

51N4E . Jaspers-Eyers . l’AUC

The innovative project, called “ZIN in No(o)rd”, aims to reuse the emblematic WTC I and II towers located in the heart of the North district in Brussels. Instead of a simple restoration of the existing building, it is a question here of adding an unprecedented dimension to the project by connecting the towers with a new volume of 14 double height floors, creating a new condition for the development of a hybrid building mixing a new way of working on housing, a hotel, sports and leisure spaces, shops and lots of vegetation. The relationship to the city is also completely redesigned with an open ground floor, with many addresses, developing various relationships to the city and the public space. The project is thus a response to the surrounding context and future developments. This new flexible concept will introduce a new standard in Europe for large-scale mixed buildings. Continue reading 51N4E . Jaspers-Eyers . l’AUC