&bogdan brings the facade to the interior on a community center

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In Brussels, Belgium, Boulevard Leopold II, a major roadway that runs through the city’s Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Koekelberg neighborhoods, brings connectivity while also dividing the adjacent neighborhoods. Local architect &bogdan designed Amal Amjahid, a community center, to reactivate the areas immediately surrounding the thoroughfare with the intention to bring people together.

The site, located on the city’s canal, which forms the border between Molenbeek—known for its significant Arab community—and Sainte Catherine, part of the city’s central district. Following a 2015 competition, &bogdan was awarded the project for its design, which included a sports hall, boxing club, cafeteria, nursery, and caretaker’s apartment.

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