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1811_KARREVELD 2
Secondary school and sports center

Location :
Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Brussels
Cost :
6.000.000,00 EUR excl VAT
Planning :
2018
Category :
Ongoing
The former Takeda offices are refurbished and extended to house a new secondary school, complete with a sports hall and cafeteria.

The office block occupies the center of the plot. A first movement involves the careful location of a new, longitudinal volume along one neighbouring wall, from the street to the very back of the plot. The sports hall adjoins the street and can be used in the evenings. The cafeteria is located at the heart of the school.

The entrance of the school is located where the two volumes meet. An office building is organized around its elevators. However, for a school, open, generous staircases are fundamental. This is the place where this collective vertical circulation is possible.

In its time, the prefab concrete facades of the Takeda builing provided a straightforward, constructively conscious architecture. Today, the extension echoes this approach by the use of massive isolating masonry and adapted detailing.