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'Riva' connects T&T to the city

Image: architectesassoc.
Image: architectesassoc.

Another major piece of the jigsaw which is designed to see the ‘Tour & Taxis’ zone of the canal linked to the city centre (via the North District) was presented yesterday. The ‘Riva’ project by Architectesassoc is located on the other side of the canal from Tour & Taxis and will comprise 139 residential units from studio to 3-bedroom. Certain of them will be used as subsidised housing.

Riva also represents the point where the long-awaited Picard bridge, destined for pedestrians and a new tram line, will arrive, crossing from the Hotel de la Poste end of Tour & Taxis.

Architecturally, Riva is designed to offer a maximum of views over the canal, and to have a variety of volumes and forms so that the interior of the site is light and easily accessible from a number of points. A 160+ space bike parking shelter and a public area add to welcoming nature of the project. the Solar panels, green roofs and a substantial usage of wood are among the features ensuring that Riva meets the require environmental performance criteria.

Brussels Master architect(Bouwmeester) Kristiaan Borret was present at the launch. He explained that this project, and in particular the bridge, are in line with his philosophy, which is to break out of the ‘silo’ thinking of the past, where each district is seen as a unit in itself, with barriers between itself and the neighbouring zone. In this respect, the fact that one side of the canal is stretching out o the other, towards the city centre, is very welcome. A city, he said, is made up of interaction between buildings and open spaces.

Works on Riva, and indeed on preparations for the Picard Bridge, started in October of last year.
Tim Harrup
02-03-2018


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