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Le Lorrain

4 apartments and 3 single-family houses
Rue Le Lorrain 6-8, 1080 Molenbeek-St-Jean, Belgium ( Map )
Commune de Molenbeek-St-Jean (public)
Renovation of a former dealer of old iron into a social housing complex composed of a 4-flat building connected by a large common open space to 3 maisonettes at the rear of the site. The project consists in clearing and opening up the interior of the plot that was entirely built and making this portion of the street “breathe” thanks to a wide opening. The maisonettes are raised in order to maximise the amount of light captured and to accommodate a garage at street level. The buildings are clad with grey metallic sheets whose aspect reminds of the industrial past of the plot. A large circulation area is carved within the site and creates a wide meeting and playing area for residents. The existing street front has been kept and it dialogues with the apartments through the volumes and the bridges/terraces.
1.484 m2
2013: / 2012: Belgian Building Awards, Public housing (nominee) / 2011: Prix Belge pour l'Architecture et l'Energie, Collective housing (nominee)
Waterman TCA, MK Engineering
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Coupe/Section Plans R3-R4-R5 Plans R0-R1-R2
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