VLV Kerklaan I

Mathieu Ferrand, Martin Latour

The project is located in Vilvoorde. Vilvoorde is a town located in the north of Brussels, characterized by the industry which is present there, and therefore a low density of buildings, and a population being of working class. Vilvoorde has the particularity of being along the Senne and its canal. Water is very present on site, especially certain areas can be flooded. This represents constraints but also strong qualities and potentials, which are specific to the site.

The vegetation is also very present, this due to the old industries left, which leaves wastelands with a very dense vegetation. This also represents site-specific qualities and potentialities.
The site on which we work is south of Vilvoorde, enclosed between the viaduct and a fast lane. On the other side of the fast lane is the town of Machelen which is a dense urban fabric unlike Vilvoorde. The aim of the project would be to create housing to create a dynamic and social bond with Vilvoorde. It would be interesting to succeed in draining the population of Machelen towards Vilvoorde, creating an interactivity between the housing of the two cities. This link could also be made by the establishment of housing units, but also by roads in the extension of Machelen, towards the canal, or an infrastructure within the site that could be a meeting place.

Finally, the objective is to respond to these elements by maintaining an ecosystemic thought throughout the project. Housings will consume less water and energy, for example, because of their architectural qualities. One of the reflection axes of our study is the recovery of water and its cycle. The dwellings will collect rainwater for domestic use. But the rainwater will be recovered only by the dwellings, but also by the viaduct, the rainwater will be recovered, treated, filtered and will follow a new circuit to be reused. Similarly, at the level of the soils, valleys will allow to recover water, to filter it, to make the soil permeable and to feed the different plants and gardens of the site.


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