Project details

Located in the north of Mons city center, the SHAPE site includes, in addition to the headquarters of NATO forces, 600 housing units inhabited by military personnel of 30 different nationalities. This area offers them and their families a "mini-city in the city", in a green setting.

In February 2016, the Federal Public Service Finance launched a DBM (Design Build & Maintenance) public contract for the construction of these 600 new housing units. The SHAPE 2020 association (composed of the general contractor BPC, the architects DDS+, Archiwind, Axi(h)ome, Atelier MA+P, and the design offices Agora, BEL, ATS and Genie Tec) won this contract in April 2018.

One of the main challenges was that of keeping 600 housing units operational on site during the construction phase, involving ingenious and complex phasing. Another challenge was to rethink the overall urban planning and architecture of the site, to give it its own identity. The design of 600 dwellings required the development of a panel of diversified housing typologies, which are cleverly assembled. A constant interplay of architectural elements on the facades, as well as a diversity of materials, allows for a rich and varied landscape that allows each resident to affirm, "At SHAPE, I know where I live."

Technical information

Location
Mons, Belgium
Typology
Residential, Master planning
Client
SPF Finances
Size
92.000 m²
Status
Under construction
Timing
2020 - 2025
Expertises
Competition, New construction, New district
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Luigi Bellello

Architect - Partner