Electrabelsite

Aalst Belgium

Typology

  • Urban Planning › Masterplan
  • Urban Planning › Research

Client

Odebrecht

Team

Nigel Jooren, Joost Robignon, Miguel Sousa, Daniel Poleac, Tom Uyttendaele, Amir Malakouti, Ahmed Fetahu

Status

Design

Size

5654m²

We see the Electrabel site as a unique opportunity to help shape the further development and urban renewal of the city of Aalst. Its industrial heritage has the potential to transform this kind of sites into a catalyst within the urban structure. We embrace the link with its rich industrial past while focusing on the reactivation of these sites by accommodating new functions. In this way, the Electrabel site offers space for a new development where people want to live, stay and experience the character of Aalst.

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The identity of the former industrial site is determined by the introduction of vital connections. The existing green character of the site will be reinforced. The assets of the Dender are emphasized by introducing natural banks and soft connections.

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The triangular relationship between the landscape, the urban elements and the composition of different materials from the context, provide an appropriate balance in the overall master plan. For both residents and visitors the project aspires to become an interesting meeting place close to the city centre of Aalst.

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