Zedelgem Housing

Mixing social typologies for social sustainability

In this Belgian project we proposed housing typologies that mix and integrate different uses, age groups and social classes to encourages diversity. This social housing project not only provide quality apartments of different sizes, but also include a daycare centre and a food bank for people in need.

The project becomes a facilitator for the local community also accessible for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The building volumes are integrated into the various scales of the neighborhood and accentuate the landscape in between the buildings. The roofs are turned into terraces where people can grow vegetables or simply chill out.

The green area becomes an attraction in itself and an essential part of the livability, providing a place for social interaction and new communities. Here kids from the daycare centre meet the local kids while parents and others find places for picnics along the stream.

CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) gives the primary building structure lower co2-emission in comparison to traditional building materials.

  • Location:

    Zedelgem, Belgium

  • Year:


  • Typology:

    Housing, daycare

  • Construction costs:

    13 mill euro

  • Size:

    7000 m2

  • Collaborators:

    GW2 Architecten

  • Status:

    Competition proposal