DOCKS BRUXSEL

The project

  • Location Belgio
  • Date 2018/2019
  • Studio Art & Build Architect
  • Photo Credits George De Kinder

With areas for shopping, production, offices and public services, including a museum, the new quarter - redesigned by Belgian studio Art & Build - extends over an area of 60,000 m2 (of which around 44,000 are commercial), accommodating over 120 shops and restaurants, eight cinemas, a large adventure park and numerous areas for recreational activity and for children. The entire open space is defined by a network of streets and spaces for leisure, most of which covered by a large, glazed roof of around 10,000 m2. The urban layout is articulated around a pedestrian promenade placed on an axis between the two main levels of shops: one between the buildings that overlook the Willebroeck canal, the other facing onto Lambermont avenue.

The design of both the architecture and landscape makes extensive use of eco-sustainable systems based on natural resources: water from the canal, green roofs with photovoltaic panels, spaces for moving through without barriers, the use of energy for heating from the nearby incinerator. On an expressive and technological level, Art & Build have come up with a scheme that seeks to achieve maximum harmony with the architecture of the existing buildings, above all through an emphasis on the use of high-quality materials. References to an industrial past in particular have prompted an extensive use of steel, sometimes perforated (for example in the ventilation grills facing onto the commercial spaces or in the double-skin facade of the office building), sometimes pre-oxidised (the large planters).Zinc has also been used a great deal as a cladding material as well as in the development of a new design of pre-patinated facade that evokes the classic design of Parisian roofs.

Text by Guido Musante - curtesy of Domus

Docks Bruxsel: Photo 1

Product used

In terms of the interior design, a key role is played by the surfaces in X-Beton porcelain stoneware in the Dot 50 and Dot 70 versions, produced by Cotto d’Este and laid on an area of over 4000 sqm. Characterised by their considerable thickness (14 mm compared to the usual 10 or 11mm of other standard elements) these tiles offer exceptional resistance to breakage and are ideal for installation in places where there is heavy pedestrian traffic.

These characteristics are achieved thanks to the use of the purest raw materials and a special process of vitrification, that also gives the surfaces a particular brilliance and makes them frost-resistant. The colour coordination between the porcelain stoneware and the industrial materials used in the design, as well as the urban character of the project, has been defined on the base of a specific range of greys, in particular two tones, a medium grey and a darker one.

Text by Guido Musante - curtesy of Domus

Docks Bruxsel: Photo 3
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X-Beton - DOT 50

The sizes:

  • 24"x48"
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X-Beton - DOT 70

The sizes:

  • 24"x24"
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Docks Bruxsel: Photo 11
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