The refurbished ASLK complex in Brussels
The Chambon receives a first prize at the “Golden Rules for Urban Development”, an annual prize awarded by the Brussels Federation for Urban Planning. The transformation and regeneration of the former ASLK headquarters in the historic heart of Brussels has created a vibrant mixed-use complex, located only 250 meters from Central Station, near the lively Brouckèreplein.
Earlier this year, the architectural firm already won the Mipim Awards in the category of “best refurbished building” for this site. The project was commissioned by the developer Immobel and done in collaboration with the firm A2RC Architecten.
Miniature district with many faces
The site was dubbed “Chambon,” after the architects who extended the building in the first half of the 20th century. The current refurbishment not only breathes new life into the building complex, it also gives it, in part, a new function. The 50,000m2 site hosts a mixture of housing units, offices, shops, recreation facilities and parking, which fully meet the needs of a 21st-century metropolis. The 5-star boutique hotel adds the finishing touch.
The multipurpose complex has been transformed into a lively miniature district. Housing varies from luxury apartments to student studios. The offices range from traditional workspaces to loft-like structures. To make things as pleasant as possible for residents, one-quarter of the surface area is covered by a courtyard, a refreshing green space in an up-and-coming urban environment.
Life meets work, old meets new
The ASLK moved into its new headquarters in 1893. The main buildings weren’t officially classified, but are registered as valuable heritage properties. The new complex is an inspiring combination of restored historical art deco and eclectic-style buildings, renovated spaces and new architecture. The buildings from the 1970s and 1980s were demolished to make way for the 3,000 m2 central courtyard.
The Chambon is the biggest refurbishment and repurposing of Brussels office spaces in 40 years, and also the biggest mixed use project – combining living and working space – in the past decade. The project is an ambitious conglomeration of stylish living and working with recreation and restaurants, aimed at a wide variety of target groups, in the heart of the capital city. In that way, the Chambon serves as a shining catalyst for the entire surrounding urban environment.
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