'Docks Bruxsel' architectural shopping centre with a unique appeal thanks to clay pavers
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'Docks Bruxsel' architectural shopping centre with a unique appeal thanks to clay pavers

Subtle colour variations in the clay pavers create a warm ambience both inside and outside

Project

Docks Bruxsel, a shopping and leisure complex in Brussels, close to the Van Praet bridge

Client

Equilis

Architect

ART & BUILD (B)

Technical study on stability: TPF (B) 

TPF (B)

Contractor

BESIX-BPC, (subcontractor VIABUILD)

Clay pavers

SeptimA mix: 40 % Mahogany, 40 % Auburn, 10 % Olive en 10 % Taupe

Processing

interior in half bond with beige joint, exterior in herringbone pattern with Rhine sand  

The Docks Bruxsel architectural complex is part of a larger urban project with the aim of transforming abandoned industrial wasteland into a new lively and dynamic district on the outskirts of the city. 

Docks Bruxsel was designed as an urban district consisting of streets, squares and buildings that revolve around business and leisure time. The idea behind using clay pavers was to create a natural connection with the surroundings and promote soft mobility. 

The historical context of the site led to the use of clay pavers. In the process, it was important to ensure both an industrial character and an urban informal feel. In addition, the commercial project needed to provide essential comfort for users, both inside and outside.

The subtle colour variations in the paving promote the warm, pleasant and cosy ambience required. The red-brown tints of SeptimA Auburn and Mahogany clay pavers form the basis for this while the grey SeptimA Taupe and Olive provide dynamism and vibrancy. 

The continuity between the interior and exterior was extremely important within the architectural concept.

Clay pavers with their versatile creative possibilities fitted the bill perfectly. Outside, a herringbone pattern was used and finished with Rhine sand while inside, a half bond with beige cement joint was chosen. 

Paving spaces with an urban look and feel in a commercial environment is a unique concept not seen before in Brussels.

Docks Bruxsel is different, has its own identity within the Brussels landscape and has been positively received by the general public.