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MAD Cultural Centre

Together with V+, we are building a centre for Fashion and Design (MAD) in the heart of Brussels.
  • Architect: V+, Rotor i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Regie Fonciere de la Ville de Bruxelles

  • Surface: 2000 m²

  • Budget: € 4.380.000

  • Timing: 2011 - 2017

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: © V+ and Maxime Delvaux

  • Advisors: Bureau d'études Greisch (stability), Ecorce (special techniques, EPB), Securisan (security), Daidalos Peutz (acoustics)

The existing houses on the Graanmarkt will be converted and integrated into a building complex with exhibition spaces, studios for artists, a cafeteria, classrooms, and a building for the administration of the MAD, located on the Papenvest. The ground floor connects the Graanmarkt with the Papenvest and will have a public function.

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Reallocation and reuse of existing indoor building structures in the 18th-century city centre. The volumes and structures of the older buildings dating from different building phases were largely preserved.

The existing open facade on Nieuwe Graanmarkt dating from the 1960s with monumental columns in washed concrete and metal joinery was retained. Concrete restoration was applied to existing facades with architectural concrete and existing load-bearing concrete structures.

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  • the complexity of the building with its mix of programmes, each with different energy requirements
  • the incorporation of all these requirements in a fairly complex renovation with the ambition to maximise the reuse of materials
  • the combination of a large variety of types of materials in the finishing

As executive architects, we help the designing architects with all construction technical and financial issues, so that they can fully focus on the design. We also monitor the implementation and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can realise our dreams.

Meet our project team

From Team Architecture (French-speaking) (3)

Francesca 569 A0780 Gemiddeld

arch. Francesca Crosby

Project architect
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Johan 3224

prof. arch. Johan Cordonnier

Project architect
Expert construction details
Façade advisor
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Julie J 3227

ir. arch. Julie Janssens

Project architect
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