Archi Human: innovative homes for the homeless

KBC Brussels and the asbl Archi Human have come together to sustainably reintegrate homeless people in homes that have a high architectural and environmental value. A philanthropic venture managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.

As part of its Better for Brussels initiative, KBC Brussels is supporting the Archi Human project initiated by Belgian architect Luc Schuiten. The project aims to sustainably reintegrate homeless people in new homes that have a high architectural and environmental value.

The idea is to re-develop wasteland and brownfield sites in the 19 communes of the Brussels- Capital Region and create micro-habitats using sustainable and locally-sourced materials. Special attention will be given to the immediate environment of the homes, where greenery will predominate. The micro-homes will primarily house vulnerable people living on the streets.

The not-for-profit association Arch Human has developed a low-energy housing module in wood, which is also in line with housing requirement norms for the Brussels-Capital Region. The homes are in fact pre-fabricated, completely fitted out and even partially equipped before transportation. Their dimensions are calculated so as to enable a half-module to be transported in a single piece.

Locations for the new homes are currently being examined for seven communes in the Brussels-Capital Region.