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NAVEZ Brussels Building by MSA/V+

Key Belgian Capital Architectural Project in Schaarbeek – design by MSA/V+ Architects, Belgium

12 May 2017

NAVEZ Brussels Building wins 2017 Emerging Architect Prize

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Emerging Architect Prize Winner – NAVEZ Brussels Building

Design: MSA/V+

Location: Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium

THE BRUSSELS STUDIOS MSA/V+ AWARDED THE EMERGING ARCHITECT PRIZE

Brussels, May 12, 2017 – The 2017 Emerging Architect Prize has been awarded to the Brussels studios MSA/V+ for the work NAVEZ – 5 social units at the northern entrance of Brussels.

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This housing project that fulfills the double ambition of the local authorities: to represent the urban revalidation scheme with a landmark at the entrance of the city and to provide exemplary apartments for large families. The client is the City of Schaerbeek.

The awarded project was chosen from a list of 355 works from 36 European countries.

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NAVEZ Brussels Building

NAVEZ Brussels Building

NAVEZ – 5 social units as Northern entrance of Brussels

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The Jury conveyed that housing is a vital topic throughout Europe and felt that MSA/V+ understood well and solved brilliantly the constructive and economic constraints of the programme and its site:

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5 flats in a very small corner at the northern entrance of the city of Brussels.

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The Jury appreciated the high quality of the flats, which are unique and all provided with natural light from all orientations, outdoor spaces, impressive views and dynamic spatial experiences both in common and private spaces.

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They also recognised that the architects had carefully and meticulously worked with the integration of the building in the neighbourhood and the request to create a landmark.

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NAVEZ – 5 social units as Northern entrance of Brussels, Belgium

This housing project fulfills the local authorities double ambition: to represent the urban revalidation scheme with a landmark at the entrance of the city and to provide exemplary apartments for large families. The building develops passive bright apartments and establishes a dialogue with the infrastructure and a the heritage neighbourhood.

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The project open angle and articulation for the closing the triangular block
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View from above the canal of the building standing at the Northern entrance of Brussels
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View from the project in the main perspective of this Brussels entrance
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Detail of the entrance relation to the public space and the brickwork formalization of the open angle
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View of the intertwines of common and private stairs
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Site plan with building entrance and cantilevered volumes in relation with the public space

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3 large bedrooms apartment plan, with its southern terrace on the courtyard, enrolling the main staircase

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Main sections showing the complex private and common stairs relations

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Axonometric views of the of the main staircase and the split-level/duplexes apartments, intricate as lace-work

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Axonometric view of the apartments development in section and staircase relation to the façade

Located at one of Brussels main entrances, the building is a social housing operation and a flagship project for the new identity of that neighbourhood. The building provides a solid and comfortable basis for families in need and stands with an open angle, welcoming commuters entering the capital. It advocates for a strong desire for architecture for all.
This one-piece construction closes a steep triangular block, and develops a smooth textured brick façade playing with the light of the ever-changing Belgium sky. This scripture echoes with the surrounding, full of details, art Deco perennial buildings and stands up to the impressive road and railway infrastructure.

As most projects in Brussels, the building had to face a fascinating but difficult context. To face the small, noisy and mainly northern orientated plot, the building uses key architectural features. It develops long folded apartments around a southern opened courtyard and a complex staircase that intertwines with individual stairs, allowing internal volumetric movements and kilometrical views to the surrounding landscape. The plans articulations, intricate as lace-work, and the progressive section, passing from split-level to inverted duplexes, provide all the apartments of this perennial construction with light from 4 orientations exposition, outdoor spaces, impressive views and numerous spatial experiences.

Being a visible part of a broader scheme, great expectations, local and regional, were put on the shoulders of this building. An exhaustive participative process was followed to establish a dialog with the inhabitants and the different competent administrations. It enabled to explain, develop and amend urban and architectural issues, diminishing recurring Brussels’ conflicts and allowing to exceed strict building regulations.

Because the building shelters people in need and because social housing shouldn’t be treated differently than more prestigious building, the project is developed in order to provide a solid basis to live in. The construction is comforting and perennial, you can sleep soundly, nails can be banged in the walls.

With super insulated envelope, soundproofing, triple glazing, balanced ventilation with heat recovery from exhaust air and solar panels for hot water production, the building is passive less than 15kwh/m2. The inhabitants comfort and low consumption are ensured, while they’re still able to open all the windows.

The maintenance costs have been reduced to the maximum by avoiding air conditioning through calibrated exposure, by allowing natural light in nearly all the spaces and by the absence of an elevator, which the inhabitants didn’t notice, their ascension being eased by the spatiality and powerful views.

Special details, avoiding thermal bridges, and on site worker’s formations were developed to assemble the subtle white brickworks in order to obtain this strong texture to play with light and pay tribute to the heritage art-deco façades of the area.

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Name of work: NAVEZ – 5 social units as Northern entrance of Brussels, Belgium
Offices: MSA / V+
Authors: Jean-Marc Simon (BE); Alain Simon (BE); Benoit Moritz (BE); Julien Deloffre (FR); Thierry Decuypere (BE)

Photos © MSA/V+

NAVEZ Brussels Building

NAVEZ Brussels Building
Name of work in English: NAVEZ – 5 social units as Northern entrance of Brussels, Belgium

Name of work in original language: NAVEZ – 5 logements sociaux comme entrée Nord de Bruxelles, Belgium

Placement: Emerging Architect Special Mention

Prize year: 2017

Location: Schaarbeek, Belgium

Year completed: 2015 (Year began 2013)

Architecture Studio: MSA / V+

Authors: SIMON Jean-Marc (1971 Belgium); SIMON Alain (1974 Belgium); MORITZ Benoit (1972 Belgium); DELOFFRE Julien (1986 France); Thierry Decuypere (1973 Belgium)

Collaborators: Structural engineering: NEY & Partners Engineering: JZH & partners
Program: Collective housing

Labels: Infill, Social

Total area: 156

Usable floor area: 800

Cost: 1.950

Client: City of Schaerbeek

Client Type: public

Map: LatLng: (50.8747628, 4.374571400000036)

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Mies van der Rohe 2017 Emerging Architect Prize

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Emerging Architect Prize Awards Ceremony

In the run-up to the awards ceremony (between May 20 and 25), the finalist and winning buildings of the current edition will organize activities to open their doors to the public and the press.

Michel Magnier, Director for Culture and Creativity, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission and Daniel Mòdol, President of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, will grant the winners the prizes of 60,000€ (primary prize) and 20,000€ (emerging architect prize) on May 26 at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilionin Barcelona.

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The EU Mies Award Day on May 26 will also include the opening of two exhibitions:

– “Made in Europe”, which will present some of the models collected by the Prize since 1988 in 11 containers.

– “2017 EU Mies Award exhibition” will include models, texts, sketches and drawings of the works. The exhibition will travel around Europe and internationally in the next 18 months, with its first stop at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Brussels in September 2017.

During the same day,“Mies Talks” on ‘Collective housing and regeneration’ and ‘Contemporary architecture and heritage’ will allow Winners, Finalists, shortlisted, clients and people interested to debate on the emerging topics highlighted by the Jury.

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The day will end with the Award Ceremony at the Barcelona Mies van der Rohe Pavilion at 20:30h and a celebration that will also close the Barcelona Architecture Week.

In order to bring the Prize closer to the citizens, and spread knowledge about good architecture, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has prepared a mobile app so that everyone can view all the works nominated in this year’s edition of the Award in their mobile phone and find out exactly where they are and how to get there. In addition to the works nominated for the 2017 edition, the cities of Berlin, London, Dublin, Paris and Barcelona have included all the works nominated in every edition.

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Prize Calendar:

12 May 2017 – Prize Winner and the Emerging Architect Winner Announcement in Brussels
19 May 2017 – “Made in Europe” and “2017 EU Mies Award exhibition” open to public
20 May 2017 – Mobile App “EU Mies Award” launch
20-28 May 2017 – The 4 Finalist works, the Winner and the Emerging Architect buildings will organize activities to bring closer the architecture to the public
20-26 May 2017 – Barcelona Architecture Week: a wide range of activities related to the world of architecture and the city, coorganized with the participation of different institutions including Barcelona City Council, the College of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. It will culminate on May 26th with the delivery of the Prize.
26 May 2017 – Granting Ceremony, Mies Talks and presentation of the Prize 2017 Catalogue.

To find out more:
www.miesarch.com
www.miesbcn.com
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/actions/architecture-prize_en

Social media channels:
@EUMiesAward (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
#EUMiesAward2017 #EUMiesAward
@CreativeEuropeEU (Facebook) @europe_creative (Twitter) #creativeeurope (Instagram)
@FundacioMies (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)


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