News December 2013 - Delivered Projects
Royal theatre of the Galeries
This theatre of 1847 is completely integrated in the urban tissue: no façade is visible from the street or a passage. It has a typical French plan with a “parterre” and four levels of balconies.
A first refurbishment occurred after the Second World War by the architect Bonduelle. The galleries are considered as an architectural monument. The Brussels government proposed in May 2007 the inscription of the theatre on the indicative list of the world heritage of the UNESCO.
The project Archi2000 manages aimed to preserve and restore that historic heritage and to transform what is necessary to welcome a contemporary theatre activity. It also aimed to improve the way the public moves in the theatre and the security of its users and public. Another very specific task was the restitution of the original decorum of the Theatre, including some masterpieces amongst which the seats, the ceiling paintings (from an original masterpiece by Magritte, it represents a cloudy sky beyond which you could find 10 moons), the gold leaf gilding and finally the original glass domes replacement and/or refection (the original chandelier is composed of 3384 mouth blown glass globes – it is a unique piece by the master Venini from Venice).
The “Company of the Galeries” was created in 1953 and celebrates its 60 years of existence this year.
The theatre has a capacity of 878 places. The works have been completed last month. Feel free to go and attend a play in the coming weeks.
The “Forum” project of Immobel was a two-phase rehabilitation of the block located between the streets «rue de Louvain», «rue de la Presse », «Croix de Fer» and the parliament in the heart of Brussels, near the Royal Park.
The ancient buildings “rue de Louvain” and “rue du Parlement” have been subject to an important renovation, whereas those located on “rue Croix de Fer” and “rue de la Presse” were demolished and replaced by a brand new construction.
The whole renovated site is partly an office zone, collective interest equipment, and it also includes ± 4000 sq.m of housing units. The project floor surface is around ± 45,000 sq.m.
It has been delivered in the course of 2013.
The project is located rue De Crayer No. 4-6 in Ixelles.
The plot consisted of 3 buildings, built in the 60s-70s and combined into a single entity in the 1980s. The whole represents about 2.500 sq.m.
These buildings were used as offices and were bought by Herpain Urbis. The project consisted of re-incorporating residential capacity into the building with a total of 16 apartments from 1 to 3 bedrooms which size vary between 50 sqm and 240 sqm. The 2 buildings at the back find back their independence and are reconverted in 2 urban houses (3 & 4 bedrooms) with private gardens. First to fourth floor are passive apartments, others have a “low energy” profile. The standard of quality for this nicely situated project was really upmarket and the commercialization was a real success – only one or two apartments left.