OBJECT EXTERIOR RENOVATION WORK
LOCATION RUE DES VETERINAIRES - 1070 ANDERLECHT
CLIENT COMMUNE D'ANDERLECHT
PARTNERS HASA ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE / Interior renovation project
The street wing of the former Ecole Vétérinaire at Anderlecht, Brussels, built in 1903 and finished about 1910 by the unknown Brussels architect SEROEN, was completely abandoned in 1990 as the campus was transferred to the Liège University. The building was listed as a monument in the same year.
Exterior restoration work by ARTER was begun in 2016. A pecularity, as far as listed monuments are concerned, is that only its facades and roofs have been protected: its historic interior has been remodelled completely and converted into a local business centre; it is scheduled to open its doors in 2017.
The building may be considered a fair example of 19th-century Eclectic architecture as it combines both Neoclassical and modern elements and materials. In fact, the rear facade in brickwork with ashlar courses is a marked contrast to the three facades in ashlar masonry (both granite and Euville limestone). Striking modern features are the arched window frames in painted steel and cast iron, as well as the mansard steel truss roofs covered with slates and zinc sheets.
Exterior work will include facade cleaning and the restoration of window and door joinery. Its central feature, a circular domed lantern in sheet and cast lead, was dismantled by ARTER in 2008 as a security measure and will be restored and reinstalled in its original position. The project is scheduled to be finished by 2017.
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