The traditional detached house no longer fits within the current social discourse on the sustainable use of space, lifestyle and mobility. In this special issue, we show different forms of collective housing that offer a valuable alternative to the traditional housing dream thanks to the spatial and domestic quality of shared spaces. We examine the robustness of a few older collective projects, highlight the domesticity of recently completed buildings, and look ahead to future alternatives for housing in Flanders and Brussels. Featuring projects by, among others, URA, Bovenbouw, Havana, ECTV, V+ and MS-A, and an interview with the Swiss office EM2N.



Lisa De Visscher, Stefan Devoldere, Peggy Totté


Housing block: the helplessness to design the collective Erik Wieërs



Collectief Noord, De Drukkerij, Antwerp Gitte Van den Bergh

Wim Depuydt, Cohousing dsDS, Ghent Joep Gosen
Havana, De Schilders, Sint-Amandsberg Guy Châtel
stekke + fraas, Brutopia, Forest Peggy Totté

mvc – anno, Hof Ter Beemt, Zingem Sara Vermeulen
Denc!-studio – blaf, Waasland, Sint-Niklaas Gitte Van den Bergh

ectv, Jean, Sint-Amandsberg Jolien Naeyaert
URA, ’t Wisselspoor, Leuven Lisa De Visscher
Trans – MS-A – V+, Dockside, Molenbeek Pieter T’Jonck
Epoc, Tivoli, Laeken Véronique Boone
Bovenbouw, Zilverlaan, Ostend Stefan Devoldere


Photo essay

Brecht Van Maele



Collective housing as urban building stones Glenn Lyppens
Cohousing without community? Ruth Soenen
Cohousing: architects as programme and process directors? Pieter T’Jonck

Re-allotment dialogues Oswald Devisch, Barbara Roosen and Liesbeth Huybrechts

Cooperative and innovative dwellings in Zurich Peggy Totté



EM2N Lisa De Visscher


A+280 is published within the framework of the exhibition Housing Apart Together. Info and tickets: here