Rue Le Lorrain Brussels: Belgian Social Housing

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Rue Le Lorrain Brussels : Social Housing Complex Belgium

Belgian Residential Building – design by MDW ARCHITECTURE

13 Oct 2011

Complex Le Lorrain Brussels



Belgian Social Housing Complex

MDW ARCHITECTURE has recently completed the transformation of the former Brumétal 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.

This project has been shortlisted for the ‘Belgian Award for Architecture and Energy 2011’ in the Collective Housing category. The winners will be announced on the 25th October during a ceremony at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

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photographs © Julien Lanoo

The general design reflects a contemporary approach based on the genius loci and on the requirements from the program. It includes different typologies of accommodations: simplex, duplex and triplex from 2 to 4 bedrooms and organised in one apartment building and 3 terrace houses at the rear of the site. Because the site was tightly enclosed by high party walls it was decided to clear the interior of the plot and to raise the maisonettes in order to maximise the amount of light captured and to take advantage of the best sunlight. This also allowed to accommodate a garage at street level and to avoid a total depollution of the site.

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photographs © Julien Lanoo

On the street front, the apartments have been raised and pushed back to create a first visual sequence between the road and the complex. By lowering the eastern party wall the oppressing feeling of the interior of the plot is reduced and more light penetrates into the interior of the plot.

A large circulation area is carved within the site and creates a wide meeting and playing area for residents. Each house also features a private garden and a recessed entrance to put some distance between the front door and the public space.

Rue Le Lorrain Brussels


Founded in 2001 by Marie Moignot and Xavier De Wil, MDW ARCHITECTURE is now strong of 19 architects and support staff. Our studio has experience in programming and managing complex projects and deliver projects such as individual or collective housing, offices, and industrial halls – either in new build, renovation or restoration. MDW ARCHITECTURE’s ethos, recognised by several awards, is to integrate a project within its existing site and context, combining the highest standards of creativity and sustainability.

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Addresse of the project: Rue Le Lorrain, 6-8 – 1080 Brussels, Belgium

MDW ARCHITECTURE are based in Brussels

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Location: Rue Le Lorrain, 6-8 – 1080 Brussels, Belgium

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