Oasis of zen by CONIX RDBM Architects
At just a 30-minute drive away from the bustling Belgian capital – close enough to commute by car and public transport, but far enough from the city – the Zen Factory in Beersel Lot offers a residential refuge of bliss in a green oasis.
Spanning over 18,400m², the large-scale residential project sits on the grounds of a former wool mill and its design draws inspiration from the history of its site. CONIX RDBM Architects, a member of BDNA, is the company behind this project, taking into account the spatiality of the open site surrounded by greenery and water, as well as its history.
The Zen Factory pays homage to the glory days of the Cartonnex wool mill, which was established in 1845 along the banks of the Zenne river.
From the Lot town centre, a pedestrian bridge over the Zenne river connects residents to the former industrial complex where two historical buildings of the mill have been renovated to trendy lofts with high ceilings of above 3.5m. Its chimney however has been retained as a landmark, making the site recognisable from a distance. On site, three new buildings were built to house duplex penthouses with large balconies.
CONIX RDBM Architects also ensured that the architecture would be contemporary and timeless but yet still connected to the past of the wool mill, with natural colour tones and brick architecture with light grey moulded concrete, bluestone and white facade plastering.
Terraces and green roofs connect to the surrounding greenery and are built to maximise natural light and allow commanding views of the river.
Spacious walking paths and a central common grounds allow for interaction and children to play safely, while parking is located underground to ensure a car-free landscape.