This site was a challenge, where all the issues were addressed in advance. The soil was heavily polluted and had limited load-bearing capacity. The site is located in a flood-prone area between the Zenne River and the Brussels-Charleroi Canal. Additionally, considerations had to be made for non-conforming land use, easements, and underground utilities, as well as a 2-meter level difference on the site and a neighbor who planned their building lower than the street level. In short, all these parameters influenced the design, in a positive way.
Due to parking issues, it was decided to provide parking for the stock vehicles under the showroom, which is easily accessible at the rear of the site due to the existing level difference. This makes it appear as if it was partially underground, yet it is designed to have natural light. Inside, everything revolves around the central axis that links the showroom, back office, and workshop. This layout ensures smooth circulation, both externally and internally. The showroom can accommodate 17 cars. In consultation with the client, a cocoon-like atmosphere was created in this showroom to enhance a cozy and pleasant ambiance. For this purpose, the storefront glazing was lowered, and a dark-colored ceiling and a mezzanine were chosen, inviting the visitor to Audi Exclusive.