Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops
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Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

Rugged and robust character of Brick R triumphs as part of an architectural gem

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

Client

Cores Development - Builprom - Westhoek   

Architect

POLO Architects & META architectuurbureau

Contractor

THV Kattendijk (Besix-Van Hout)

Facing bricks

Hand-Made facing bricks:
Nature7 Brick R

Processing

traditional brickwork, stretcher bond with moulded bricks for trapezoidal façade piers       

 

Potos: © Stijn Bollaert - © Alexandre Van Battel 

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

The task was a complex one: to provide a large number of dwellings within a deep block while ensuring that every dwelling had sufficient natural light and views. At the same time, the project had to bring life to the new city district. POLO Architects, META architectuurbureau and Cores Development came up with a solution to the challenge.

The result: a striking block with unprecedented typology in Belgium. Niklaas Deboutte of META architectuurbureau: “It is important for Cadiz to have a good relationship with its surroundings on different scales. On the scale of the city, the block can be read from further away while on the scale of the neighbourhood, it has a direct connection to the square and the surrounding streets.”  

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

Cadiz is therefore a building with two faces. At close range, at street level, all that you see are the dark façades with windows behind which the shop premises are situated.

The white concrete façade elements shield the functions behind from the street while providing transparency via alternating openings at the same time. They surround the block, creating a robust whole.  

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

From a distance, Cadiz has a rather monumental image. Four tower blocks constructed solely of brick, set back from the building line, stand with their knees on the roof of the lower part of the building and with their feet in the lower-level courtyard garden.

The typology of the existing warehouse buildings on the Eilandje inspired the materialisation of the 4 residential blocks using façade brickwork and prefabricated concrete. 

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

The search for and composition of the colour and material pallet also focussed on a facing brick that could enter into a dialogue with the clean design of the plinth and the expressive form of the balconies in white prefabricated concrete. 

Cadiz, 40,000 m2 of housing, offices, a residential care facility, cafés, restaurants and shops

In the design process, choosing the ‘Hand-Made’ facing brick Nature7 Brick R proved an easy decision to make on account of its green-grey colour (the colour of clay) and its robust, rugged character.

The colour of the jointing was chosen in order to make the colour and character of the facing brick stand out.