The Rive Gauche project of DDS+ acts as a catalyst for regeneration in Charleroi, Belgium, and transforms the lower city into a dynamic and attractive district. With its mixed programme, it completes and fosters the mix of urban functions, breathes life into pre-existing activities and offers new employment opportunities. It re-brands the city and brings back economic activity with shopping, working, living and tourism.
Whilst using traditional materials like copper and brick, the contemporary architecture gives expression to the building’s public and commercial functions in the city. The architectural vocabulary plays with volumes, transparency and diversity, and intrigues by contrasting strong and light, monolithic and porous. Traditional and sustainable materials are reinterpreted in a contemporary way. The lightness and richness of the folded copper alloy TECU® Gold contrast perfectly well with the massive grey brick. TECU® Gold is a special alloy which soon after installation begins to develop a very elegant matt brown-golden appearance referencing gold in a very specific way.