Post-war Housing in Brussels: 2 case studies

cover of the book on the VUB student homes

cover of the book on the Miramar building

In 2013-2015, VUB Architectural Engineering worked on a research project on post-war housing in Brussels, funded by Innoviris ( The research has resulted in a trilingual book and website on innovative building materials used in Brussels in 1945-1975.

In 2016, we studied two buildings in which a number of these typical post-war building materials were applied: the student homes on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Elsene (1971-1973, Willy Van Der Meeren) and the Miramar apartment building near the train station Brussels-North in Sint-Joost-ten-Node (1956-1957, Claude Laurens).

The book on the VUB student housing is available online, you can download it here.