DUBRUCQ HOUSING

Brussels
Architecten
Urban Platform

The project re-examines the definition of a social dwelling. We believe it has the same ambitions as any other type of housing: more light, more space inside, more flexibility, greater user-friendliness, more gardens, more terraces, more design, more durability, a better performance.

From this standpoint, 8 high-quality housing units are proposed as an alternative to the 10 units sought by the competition. The apartments are served by an "unenclosed" motion block and are bathed in light, accumulating on the terraces to create a clear, congenial and airy corridor. The variety of typologies provides 2, 3, 4 or 5-room dwellings. Each apartment, duplex or house has at least one large terrace or a private garden. Shared areas and playing areas are also established on the ground floors, along with an apartment for people with reduced mobility.

A special feature of the site is being surrounded by very high common walls creating an area of shadow over almost the entire plot. This is why we have granted priority to a maximum lighting outlet on the south-east side, via the living rooms facing the street, thereby offering night spaces at the rear. Two clearly defined volumes are arranged along the through mobility corridor. The larger not very deep one on the front is established westwards, the other narrower one stretches eastwards along the right link building as far as the street at the rear. The 2 volumes combined make the most effective use of light, while catering for the urban development constraints linked to the neighbouring buildings.

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