265-Offices of Samyn and Partners

Roadway of Waterloo1537
1180 Brussels
BELGIUM

Restoration and extension of the “Ferme de Stassart” (1830) (1991-1993); (01-265).

Services Performed:

– Architecture
– Construction management
– Interior design
– Landscaping
– Mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering
– Physical planning
– Project management
– Purchasing
– Quantity surveying
– Structural engineering

Description:

2003.03.17

The “de Stassart” farm, built around 1830, was a working farm until the late Nineteen-Sixties. Thereafter, it housed the “Ferme” restaurant and then the “Circus” night-club, before becoming the subject of intense real estate speculation.

Samyn and Partners acquired control of the 3 200 sqm farm site in November 1991 with the aim of restoring and transforming the farm for its own use.

Located at the southern tip of Brussels, with proximity to the Ring road and the airport, the farm borders the “Forêt de Soignes – Zonienwoud”, a vast forest, and is surrounded by large green private properties.

The existing farm structure, composed of two rectangular wings at right angles, is converted so that each wing of 1 000 m contains three levels. A new single level L-shaped building of 600 sqm is added to the existing structure so that together they enclose an inner court with a reflecting pond.

The existing farm structure had deteriorated badly over time ; the barn walls in particular being out of plumb by more than 156 mm with 165 mm bulges on a height of 6 m, calling for careful pinning.

The restoration work consists mainly of forging the 1.5 to 2.5 m deep underpinnings of the 202 m long existing masonry walls, repairing the old masonry work (replacing many softbricks piece by piece), vaulted brick floors, and timbering on the roof.

The restored structure exudes a sober atmosphere, like that of a monastery : all visible masonry, vaults and new concrete floors are painted white ; all of the woodwork (window frames, doors, stairs and raised floors) is merbau.

The window frames, flush with the outside façade, have insulated splayings to avoid cold bridges and are dressed with mirrors to increase the diffusion of natural light.

The structure is heated by a classical central system, with a Tichelmann loop and freely expandable insulated piping. The interior space allows for 125 fully data-cabled workstations. The project is conceived so as to permit other architectural uses for the structure in the future, such as residential housing.

Main Bibliography:
  • Terre Cuite et Construction – Bouwen met Baksteen, n° 73 – 4/94, pp 6 – 11; (Belgium).
  • A PLUS, n° 139, 2/1996, April – May 1996, cover and pp. 32-45, 54, 77-79; P. LOZE “Démarche : Samyn et associés”, Errata in : A PLUS, n° 140, 3/1996; (Belgium).
  • L’ARCA n° 110 / L’ARCA INTERNATIONAL n°8, December 1996, pp. 52 – 57; (Italy-France).
  • ARCHITEKTURA-Murator, n°4 (31), 1997, pp. 36-37; (Poland).
Awards:
  • TRENDS-TENDANCES ” Industrial building of the year ” competition ; Finalist June 1996 ; (Belgium).     
Credits:

Architecture and Engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS All projects are designed by Philippe Samyn who also supervises every drawing
Structural Engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS with SETESCO (sister company 1986-2006) or INGENIEURSBUREAU MEIJER (sister company since 2007) if not mentioned
Services engineering: Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS with FTI (sister company since 1989) if not mentioned

01-265 RESTAURATION AND EXTENSION OF THE « DE STASSART » FARM, BRUSSELS.
Client: SAMYN AND PARTNERS.
Architecture: Partner in charge : R. Delaunoit.
Associates : M. Benkirane, T. Boling, J. Ceyssens, A. Charon, F. Courtois, L. Finet, Ch. Godfroid, A.L. Masure, M. Patel.

Restoration and extension of the “Ferme de Stassart” (1830) (1991-1993); (01-265).

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265-Offices of Samyn and PartnersFilippo Aimo