The municipality of Schaerbeek has been the owner of the Robenbach Technical Complex (CTR), located on Avenue Georges Rodenbach, for many years. This building houses many of the municipality's services as well as its carting facility.
Over the years, the complex has undergone various modifications to meet the needs of the municipality. Due to these changes, it has become somewhat difficult to read, rather irrational and a bit of a labyrinth.
The mission aims to establish a masterplan for the Rodenbach Technical Complex (CTR) that will guide the municipality in undertaking the site's future architectural and programmatic renovation. The objective is to make the complex more efficient, improve the usage of the available spaces, and better integrate the complex into the surrounding neighbourhood. The challenge also consists of developing a phased transformation strategy that would allow the site to partially continue to function during the construction period.
Our approach builds upon a thorough understanding of the current functioning of the CTR, gained through various meetings with the managers of the services operating in the complex, as well as those who will work there in the future. This comprehensive understanding of the site's operations enabled the definition of a set of invariants that serve as a basis for the formalisation of transformation scenarios. A backcasting method (with a collective definition of long-term needs so as to improve the sequencing and calibration of interventions) was then used to inscribe each transformation stage in a logical and coherent sequence, thus providing guidance to the municipality in its decision-making.