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Namur, Belgium
Residential, Office, Retail, Hospitality, Mixed-use, Equipment
Coeur de Ville (Thomas & Piron)
28.404 m²
Competition, New construction, Renovation

Project details

Implanted in a rapidly changing urban environment, Novia won the competition launched by the city of Namur for the conception of a new district that weaves together Namur's urban fabric through a rich and diversified program.

With offices, housing units, a library, a museum, a market hall and a park, it's a whole neighborhood that is woven together using a series of different functions. In contrast to a closed block, the buildings are implanted in a vast green space designed as an open meadow with a subtle relief variation. At the heart of the block, a community garden creates an interface between the public space and the ground floor level. A place of relaxation and safe play for the inhabitants of the block, the garden is crossed by paths linking the buildings’ servicing cores to the public space.

Integrating the guardhouse of the former barracks, the project preserves a patrimonial witness of the neighborhood's past and transforms it into an entrance porch for the library and the museum. Offering Novia an anchor and a historical continuity within the city, this porch underlines the identity of the cultural wing and makes it visible to visitors from the outside. Novia transforms a previously unoccupied space into an urban environment conducive to the development of cultural, professional and daily life activities.

Novia in three minutes : movie



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Luigi Bellello

Architect - Partner