Photo: Tim Van de Velde Photography
The Arc-en-Ciel project is located in Molenbeek, between Chaussée de Gand and Gare de l’Ouest, in a district that is undergoing a major transformation. It constitutes one of the two pilot projects of CLTB and was built with a passive architecture. The Arc-en-Ciel Group was formed in 2012, and after 5 years of preparation, the 32 families moved into their homes in February 2020 !
Throughout the process, the households have been intensively involved in the project, including the architectural design. They were at the heart of the planning and preparations (management of the co-ownership, reflections on energy consumption, drafting of a charter describing the values that the different households share, etc.), with the aim of ultimately managing the building themselves in the future.
Arc-en-Ciel families are actively involved in their neighbourhood!
Since 2018, the group have been organising a monthly flea market and are thus actively involved in the life of the neighbourhood.
In the philosophy of CLT , the notion of habitat is not limited to housing and is part of a wider living environment. The social link and the territorial anchoring of families were therefore important aspects of the project.
Rue Vandenpeereboom 22 et Rue des Etangs Noirs 121-133
1080 Molenbeek St-Jean
Client: Fonds du Logement
Architect: Asso. momentanée K&R (architectural office Stekke+fraas – Atelier 229)
Contractor: Thomas & Piron
A touching testimony from Driss Soussi, resident-owner of Arc-en-Ciel: