The Belgian Concrete Federation (FEBE) has announced the 3 nominees for their Elements Award in the category ‘Precast in buildings’. Our mixed-use Market Building in Anderlecht for Abattoir nv’s Foodmet is one of them!
The Market Building was built with a consistent architectural language: large precast concrete panels. The panels form over-dimensioned porticoes that are able to be combined in different ways.
Big cutouts of platonic forms give an identity to the concrete elements. The porticoes create dozens of large identical rooms, each connected with every adjacent one, on an open grid or stacked vertically, which can accommodate almost any use. The platonic panels combine to create a contemporary urban warehouse with a civic presence. Market life is celebrated, monumental, and given generous new spaces. The building is giving a form and monument to the new and old inhabitants of Brussels, built for market visitors and stands that for a substantial part belong to Brussels’ immigrant communities.
The market building was the first building to be completed in ORG’s Abattoir 2020 Masterplan, which develops an urban and architectural strategy for the conversion of an industrial slaughterhouse district into a mixed urban environment.
More info on the awards can be found here, on the website of FEBE.
More info on the project page.