constructLab goes dopingLab
At Neerpede, in the vicinity of the Drève Olympique which seems to be the perfect location for the future Olympic Parc Brussels 2058, constructLab will be transforming an undercroft of the Brussels ring road into a temporary performative laboratory, the constructLab doping station! From here constructLab will explore the territory with a research on empowering natural substances, so that our sports(wo)men of the future can naturally rise their performance and competitivity. The doping station should also become a convivial place, reminiscent of the ambiance often found in suburban petrol stations, often the only gathering places in the periphery of bigger agglomerations.
ConstructLab is a collaborative construction practice working on both ephemeral and permanent projects. Unlike the conventional architectural process in which the architect designs and the builder builds, in constructLab, the project’s conception and construction are brought together. The designer builds and continues to design on site.
The construction site is no longer the place of uncertainty where the design contends with reality, but the context in which the project can be enriched by the unexpected opportunities that occur on site. The designers-builders bring the site to life through their permanent presence, generating new dynamics between people and allowing them to integrate other participants. This synergy results in a collective work, and gives the building site a sense of place.
ConstructLab is more about the approach to, rather than the method of, building. ConstructLab’s work integrates environmental awareness from conception to realization. Projects are made with recycled materials or for temporary projects designed and built with future re-use of the raw materials in mind. Throughout its projects, constructLab binds the creative and the practical, thinking and making, and sets the project within a social, environmental and temporal context.