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Dansaert, Brussel

About the project

In the heart of the Dansaert district is the Place du Jardin aux Fleurs. A popular meeting place for people working, living and visiting the creative neighbourhood.

When the designer behind STOOP, the Belgian-born and world renowned architect Julien De Smedt, was looking for a permanent residence for STOOP in Belgium’s capital, he chose the Dansaert area. The neighbourhood has been described as a world of contrasts, where you will find everything from innovative clothes designers to the Salvation Army’s faithful 2nd hand shops. There are a wide variety of restaurants and snack bars and an area that is green and open, which inspires an urban life without cars as a means of conveyance.

STOOP is a public and social bench suited to the requirements of urban life. People meet on the square in Dansaert when they are walking the dog in the morning, during their lunch break or in the evening after an art preview or visit to the cinema. The designer wished to incorporate the idea of using stairs as a sitting object in his design. Multiple sitting levels pave the way for multiple sitting options and become a social venue in themselves.

Read an article about the neighbourhood in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir (2015): Quartier Dansaert: un «labo de la mode» à préserver

Facts

Promoter/project manager:
Julien De Smedt
Project year:
2013

Products used in this project

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