Industrial Conversions

As the Belgian population density increases, architects and developers are looking towards the conversions of industrial buildings. Why? Well, there’s a a great stock of interesting but run-down and empty buildings in every city. So if we work towards a denser urban center, we'll must go for interesting space at a good price in a walkable community. One more reason for the I Love Belgium team to look at two standouts among the many noteworthy conversions.

We start with a soap factory example located in down town Brussels. MDW Architecture recently completed the Savonnerie Heyman, 6500 square meters of sustainable housing.  They applied urban microsurgery that improves the situation of the interior of this city block by lowering the density and making it greener. Result? A real “village” of 42 sustainable social accommodations and a game library. Who needs more?

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We move on with a conversed textile factory, this time in East-Flanders. The rich textile history of Ronse results today in abandoned industrial buildings such as this one. After the conversion of Ghent-based Volt architects, the factory holds 6 families, one workshop, two offices and communal outside spaces. Unlike the conversion in Brussels, here the original factory elements such as the layout, red brick, saw toothed roof and crossbeams are guarded with as little addition/change as possible. Result? A true industrial conversion, pure and clean!

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all pictures by Filip Dujardin

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