Re-use of the Pavilion Expo '58

SumResearch completed a study on the possible re-use of the ‘Pavilion of Urban Development and Social Housing’ of the World Expo of 1958. After the Expo, this pavilion, originally built by 'De Coene", had been dismantled and partially reconstructed in Kortrijk. The building is listed as a monument since 2005. Apart from a historical research into the context and history of the remarkable architecture, we focused on the value as a monument by analysing the original concept, which is based on a succession of different volumes. The route, generated by these is essential to evaluate the original value of the building. Based on this research we conceived several proposals for the valorisation of

Nova Rode: news from the construction site

After completing the first building (Block A) which contains 38 apartments with large terraces and stunning views on the park side, we started the construction of Block B. This second building has 28 units and creates an access to the first two urban villa’s. The construction is built on pillars, which creates space for parking lots underneath. Taking advantage of the slope, the parking lots are visually hidden from the street. The facades are cladded with natural stone to reinforce the high-end character of the development and to improve the integration with the natural surroundings of the park. Nova Rode is a unique housing project in a peaceful green environment located in the centre of S

Central Lanes awarded with 'Le Grand Prix Européen de l’urbanisme'

The regeneration of the Central Lanes between square De Brouckère and square Fontainas, as part of a wider pedestrian zone, has been awarded during the XIth European Urban and Regional Planning Awards. An initiative of the European Council of Spatial Planners - Conseil européen des urbanistes (ECTP-CEU). The international jury stated that "the plans for 'a new heart of Brussels' are a convincing demonstration of spatial planning initiating a process of change in several steps towards the complete renewal of a major urban centre. The plans comprise an ambitious endeavor to rid the centre of Brussels of car traffic which will be diverted to the city’s ring road system, and to make it an attrac

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