dmvA: apartments buso dmvA: apartments buso
jul 11, 2012

dmvA: apartments buso

‘apartments buso’ by dmvA, mechelen, belgium image © frederik vercruysse all images courtesy of dmvA

belgian practice dmvA has completed ‘apartments buso’, a residential complex within the 19th century industrial district along the canal mechelen-leuven in mechelen, belgium. positioned within a city block, the project is enclosed by a retired factory and smaller buildings. the interior is accessed through narrow alleys which lead to inner courtyards and garden spaces, replacing parts of the rehabilitated manufacturing facility. the exterior is fragmented to separate the two floors into visually separate entities, cladding the bottom half with rugged corten steel panels and the sheathing upper level volumes with translucent poly-carbonate panels.

on the roof, a streetscape of passageways is created between individual cubic units, allowing daylight to enter the living spaces. stairways lead inhabitants from the semi-public spaces at ground floor towards their lofted homes.

enclosed courtyard leading to the residential building image © frederik vercruysse

courtyard entrance image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

inner streets on the roof-top level image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

image © frederik vercruysse

courtyard leading to the street image © frederik vercruysse

at night image © frederik vercruysse

street view

exterior

exterior

green roof

inner street

inner street

overview

concept diagram

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

section

section

elevation

  • horrible, inhumane kennels for humans. Simply appalling. No wonder the pictures show no actual human activity.

    JJ says:
  • absolutely beautifull

    delux says:
  • Cool! The architectural design is really awesome. I love those ideas you have there. Good job!

    demi_morees says:

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