Long and narrow, the site is partially occupied by a five-story building, significant piece of the neighborhood’s heritage. Rehabilitated and hollowed out to allow passage, this building structures this strip of land by creating an internal street that irrigates the project. It becomes a semi-private common space for all the housing units, where interaction and socializing take place. Aligned with the central passage, the new building “pierces” the existing building.
The treatment of the facades accentuated this effect: “small” houses and existing building, given a matte white plaster finish, placed on a base of shiny bricks, reminding the neighborhood’s past.

Photos by Julien Lanoo