Dutch architect MLA+ wins huge redevelopment in historical district of Brussels

Dutch architect MLA+, a sister firm to London’s Maccreanor Lavington, has won a 41,500 sq m redevelopment project in Brussels’ historic Sablon district.

The mixed-use project will include housing, retail and office space spread across five new city blocks situated around an inner court. The original Paille building will also be converted into an office block, with its historical elements preserved.

Located close to the Royal Library and only a five-minute walk from the city centre, the project will aim to fit seamlessly into the cityscape, and will reuse materials from the site.  

MLA+ will work with fellow Dutch company Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten on the project, which is for Belgian developer Immobel.

The team beat opposition from 3XN, Caruso St John and Neutelings Riedijk Architects in the design competition.

Images courtesy of MLA+ and Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten

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