KEY WEST

 LOCATION 

Brussels, Belgium 

CLIENT

Urban Living Belgium & BPI

PARTNERS 

HENNING LARSEN and A2RC ARCHITECTS 

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

HENNING LARSEN

ARTIST 

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PROJET 

2012 - 2019

CONSTRUCTION

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AREA

63.000 sqm above ground - 28.000 sqm Below ground

CONTEXT

Housing, car park, retail, mixed workshop

SETTING

Urban (Brussels Canal + Transitional neighborhood - industrial to mixed residential use)

Key West is designed as a diverse yet homogenious community with a centralized inner canal and a south facing market square that opens up to the city canal. Key West is seen as a pedestrian community with a variety of public squares and boardwalks along the canal. While facing the city canal to the south and the Van der Velde square to the north Key West offers both the recreational and the urban life. Throughout Key West, the ground floor, activated by public functions, is designed to open up and spill out into the public realm during the seasons. The public functions are carefully distributed in order to offer a vibrant and diverse streetscape across the community all year around. As one strolls around in Key West the inner courtyards and urban farming roofscapes will appear as small secret gardens for reflections or simply places for enjoying a coffee while overlooking the city and canals. The residential part is located above the public functions at the ground floor including the school and the sports club. The residential buildings are designed with a variety of heights, depths and massing in order to offer not only a diverse public realm experience, but also to enable a flexibility to apartment types and age groups. This also enables Key West to offer a variety of semi-public spaces, roofscape terraces and landscape for urban farming and private balconies. The architectural design is dedicated to human scale experiences, integration of daylight and an optimum microclimate that will extend the outdoor season and generate life and activities along the inner canal and the Market Square.