Among Brussels’ nineteen municipalities, on the banks of the canal bruxelles charleroi. The following
proposal sits in the cities industrial district on an urban knot between ‘Molenbeek’, ‘Anderlecht’ and ‘The
city of Brussels’ – otherwise known as the administrative centre of the European Union.
Using this opportunistic placement the proposal aims to tie the knot from one district to the other –
infiltrating the current physical & economic divisions and social presumptions to create a stronger social
unity and identity, city wide.
Geographically the city comprises of compact blocks, consisting of five metre plot sizes, which allows for
only a minor quantity of green spaces to be intertwined. This project recognises from this urban makeup
that there is room for improved efforts towards increasing local biodiversity as well as providing more
opportunity for social interaction between municipalities, Creating a stronger sense of community
throughout these neighbouring districts.
This thesis development has been led by iterated drawing methodology, programmatic drivers and with
an engagement into personal architectural interests in phenomenological design and organic design. It
presents an architectural response to a plethora of urban & social problems and research topics. Taking
the form of a masterplan proposal that focuses on always relating back to the power of water, utilising
the canal to create an organic social experience that unites the industrial past of Brussels with its
modernising identity and culture.

Diagramming the Development

Diagram 1 - questioning how to evolve an organic shape into a functional building or space Diagram 2 - Beginning to question how to connect different sites through the use of the canal Diagram 3 - Utilising the canal's water source

Creating the first conceptual model

Plan view of the first conceptual model inspired by Art Nouveau and architect Victor Horta's use of whiplash curves

Internal collage using conceptual model 1

This image represents the themes of organic architecture in a water centric setting which was my architectural ambition from the conceptual stage of the design process - this comes from a personal interest in organicism and phenomenology in architecture

Initial Concept

Combined underground bathhouse and botanical garden with water source connected to the canal

Development 2 - A horizontal approach to the same brief

This developmental drawing begins to look at the concept of spreading a layered programme across the site as opposed to a vertical programme seen in the initial conceptual response

Developing the masterplan using paper in city context


1.1000 location plan of the site as exists


1.1000 location plan with proposed masterplan


Bathhouse Concept Model

Digitally scanned clay model

Bathhouse - 1.200 Ground Floor Plan in New Context

Water - Finding Shapes

Analysing the ripples and fluid movements of the flow of water and still imagery of water

Developing the Bathhouse

Forming fluid shapes of the plan using charcoal

Bathhouse - 1.200 First Floor Plan in New Context

Bathhouse - 1.200 Second Floor Plan in New Context

Bathhouse - 1.200 Third Floor Plan in New Context

Bathhouse - 1.200 Roof Plan in New Context

Bathhouse Concept Model

Digitally scanned clay model

Bathhouse - 1.100 Long Section

1.1 Light Tunnel Internal Material Model

Manipulated aluminium sheeting to create a diffused reflection of light at the bottom o the light tunnel in the centre void of the bathhouse proposal. This will create a 'pool' of light on arrival into the bathhouse from above the user's head.

Materiality Moodboard

Combining research about the materiality and colours used within the industrial district of Brussels along with the desire to create organic spaces led me to develop this moodboard that picks out materials, colours and furniture pieces that combine the two contrasting themes of heavy industrial and soft organics together.

Bathhouse Technology Detailed Section

Depiction of a gravity flow water filtration system between bathhouse internal room and external pool of water connected to the canal.