SAS Rijkevorsel

location . Rijkevorsel (BE)
client . Proland nv

partners . AWG architecten, Gowaco

realisation . 2021 - 2030

program . residential, public space

The site of former brick factory 't Sas in Rijkevorsel will be transformed into a sustainable and diverse residential neighborhood in the immediate vicinity of a new landscape park. The industrial heritage, together with the urban fabric of the village center provide the framework for the reconversion of the Sas site. A new square on the site anchors this spot in the existing village center, forms a connection point towards the new park and ends the vistas to and from Sint-Jozef's Church. Car-free streets between the building zones are a continuation of the park design and offer perspectives on the industrial heritage at the heart of the site. The car-free status enables a green character of the public space and gives rise to informal encounters.

The landscape design focuses on maximum greening, integration of historical elements and ecological design of the site. The garden streets will have a green character, an ambitious tree plan will provide sufficient shade and rain gardens will provide buffering of rainwater. Furthermore, extensive and management-friendly green forms are chosen that have various advantages for the development of local fauna and flora. A square in clay pavers and with a canopy forms the central meeting place of the neighborhood. Play fountains are an attractive element for children.

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