Enclosed within a block, surrounded by a large number of individual houses and residential buildings, Ixelles hospital has evolved despite this constraint. With successive expansions involving demolitions and then reconstruction, the institution has moved from its initial fishbone configuration to the current composition of adjacent blocks.
The practice has taken part in this evolution since the ’80s. The institution has modernised, medical practices too, and clearly the aesthetic of the buildings… the last of which is emerging gently from the ground and whose 1st stone was laid in June in the presence of Mr Rudi Vervoort, Minister and President of the Regional Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, of Mr Didier Gosuin, Brussels Minister of Health, of the management of the Iris-Sud hospitals, of their medical staff, of ASSAR ARCHITECTS, as well as of the SETESCO, SEMACO, SECA BENELUX, and M&R ENGINEERING partner design offices .
In substantive terms, the façade of the future building will be provided with strips to disguise their outlook and to protect them from sun but also to project a more uniform network pattern over a discordant collection of windows, given that each floor will be occupied by a different department: operating rooms on the ground floor and 2nd floor, intensive care on the 1st floor, a central sterilisation department on the 3rd floor, etc. For each floor, an appropriate solution has been devised to respond to the constraints specific to each department. The windows and interior fittings represent a practical response to the programme, while the strip cladding addresses the aesthetic expectations of the neighbourhood.
The new block will account for 10,900 m² distributed over 7 levels, including an underground level for parking. The building shell works are in progress and the completion of the site is anticipated for mid-2017 with a view to the new medical-technical block being operational in 2018.