What if architecture generates social fabric in the middle of an urban development patchwork
name - [ˈkrœybekə]
The charme of a decades old, organically grown urban layout presents its unique challenges. How to unlock the potential of 'forgotten' patch of land while respecting the villages character and vistas?
Cruebeke is a 11.600 m² text book example of how 58 units of modern housing and urban development can contribute to the social fabric of a local community, rather than upsetting it.
By making the previously non existing link between two main roads available for pedestrians and cyclists, in a green infused area that preserved the vista of the village church, Cruebeke solved a number of issues at once.
To name one example: by alligning the underground parking with the contours of their parent building, the implementation of rainmater infiltration buffering wadis and healthy, natural growth of vegetation became a breeze.
Location: Kruibeke, Belgium
Client: Het Landgoed Development
Services: masterplan, architecture
Photo credits: YUGENING
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