265-Offices of Samyn and Partners

Roadway of Waterloo1537
1180 Brussels

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


The farm built by Baron de Stassart around 1830 was used as such until the late 1960s. 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 their own use.

Located at the southern tip of Brussels, the farm borders the Sonian Forest and is surrounded by large green private properties.

Two rectangular wings at right angles, of 1.000 sqm each and comprising three levels, are completed with a single level L-shaped building of 600 sqm so that together they enclose an inner court with a reflecting pond.

The restoration work mainly consists 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 building is treated with sobriety, with all visible masonry, vaults and new concrete floors 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 covered with mirrors to increase the diffusion of natural light.

The heating system is a classical central system, with a Tichelmann loop and freely expandable insulated piping.

The interior space allows for 125 workstations.

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; and many badly baked bricks needed to be replaced one by one.

The project is conceived so as to permit other architectural uses for the structure in the future, such as residential housing. Special attention was therefore given to the morphological organisation.

By contrast with common beliefs and despite the technological difficulties that were experienced, refurbishing this type of old structures can be done to a financial advantage.

Security works, such as entrance airlock, partitioning of the low-rise wing and of the cafeteria, exterior perimeter cameras, access control with badges, are executed in early 2020. These interventions guarantee high-level confidentiality in the treatment of the files.

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).
  • TRENDS-TENDANCES ” Industrial building of the year ” competition ; Finalist June 1996 ; (Belgium).     

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

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.
Location :

For plans sections and elevations, please refer to the archives section of the site available from the “references” menu.

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