In Brussels an industrial building becomes a residence with co-working facilities

Hé Architectuur transformed an old architecture in the Belgian city by enhancing the spaces through the addition of striking terraces and flexible room distribution. 

Belgian studio Hé Architectuur transformed a run-down industrial building in the centre of Brussels into a residential space. The brick facade, with its typically northern European traits, conceals large, flexible and interconnected rooms inside which offer different functions: the project, based on co-housing, also features a studio and co-working spaces that focus on conviviality and exchange. 

Hé Architectuur, Karper. Photo Tim Van de Velde

A low-tech strategy was adopted for the renovation of the building, aimed at environmental sustainability and avoiding energy waste. This is evident in the materials used – natural, recycled, low-carbon – and in the use of simple technologies that do not require mechanical maintenance. Fewer components, but also robustness and flexibility, are the ingredients that shape this renewed architecture. 

Hé Architectuur, Karper. Photo Tim Van de Velde

Karper’s open, bright, softly coloured and discreet interiors are developed on four levels housing the common areas and rooms, as well as striking terraces. The original two-storey building has been extended: in the current design a wooden extension allows light to enter and houses a double-height space culminating in a roof-terrace. 

Hé Architectuur, Karper. Photo Tim Van de Velde

Particular care has been taken in the choice of materials: from wood to stone, to straw from a local farm that serves as insulation, to plaster in clay tones recovered from a building site in Brussels, the preference is for natural surfaces and recycled products, in order to reduce the polluting emissions that would be caused by new building materials. The elements of nature, ancestral, belonging to the rural world, are thus also moved and applied in urban architecture. 

Project :
Location :
Brussels, Belgium
Residential spaces, studio, co-working
Architects :
Hé Architectuur

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