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 (see projects > retrofit), funded by Innoviris ( The research has resulted in a trilingual book and website on innovative building materials used in Brussels in 1945-1975 (see projects > post-war). In 2016, extra funding was granted to continue the research.

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 research on these two buildings is published in two small books. The books are available from November 2016: not in bookstores, but exclusively available at the department ARCH of the VUB (Pleinlaan 2 in Elsene, building K, 1st floor). If you want to pick up a copy of the book(s), please make an appointment with

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