The Brunfaut Tower was built in 1965 by Julien Roggen. Its frame is made of metal. This is unique in Brussels. However, it had serious deficiencies in terms of safety, living comfort and energy performance. The offices of A229 and Dethier Architecture won the competition launched by Logement Molenbeekois to thoroughly renovate the tower. In order to keep the hundred or so dwellings up to contemporary standards, the volume of the tower will be doubled by creating 5 extra levels and giving it a thicker shape.
The project was awarded the be.exemplary prize in 2016 because it offers a complete and qualitative urban response: densification, treatment of the skyline, re-establishment of the tower as an urban signal and requalification of public spaces. The architectural concept is distinguished by the quality of the housing, the diversity of typologies and the organisation of community spaces. Technical added value is obtained by maintaining the existing structure and adding an ingenious construction system, as well as by the choice of materials based on their life cycle.
Customer: Logement Molenbeekois
Architect: Atelier 229 architectes
Address: 172 rue Jolly. 1030 Brussels
Technical sheet of this architecture video clip
Journalist: Emma C. Dessouroux
Cameramen: Emma C. Dessouroux (Les Délires Productions)
Editing: Emma C. Dessouroux, Cristina Dias
Music : Gabriel Covea Ramos
Direction: Mister Emma
Production: Les Délires Productions
Translation: DuMilieu Media
Rereading: Serge Ryckoort (Emelire)
Subtitles: Orico Studio
Renaud Van Espen (Architect, Atelier 229 architectes)