Spring 2014 – Dijledal decided to formulate a competition brief to reconvert two antiquated social housing blocks known as ‘Casablanca’, located round ‘Prins Regentplein’ on the eastside of Leuven. Our vision – to create a durable, contemporary version of the white social housing icons with a dynamic mix of typologies and commercial spaces – resulted in a first prize win. The project consists of 56 housing units divided over 2 compact volumes flanking the square and infusing it with a fresh new identity. The base of the largest volume will have a transparent feel in order to create lightness, contrasting with the solidity of the white brick making up the rest of the building. A large underground car park helps vacating the square from stationary vehicles, maximising the use of public space for bike riders and pedestrians. Aside from accessibility being a core focus; maximising the individual privacy without entirely losing social interaction between the residents was also a main concept in developing the project. Duplex apartments have their entries linked to a footbridge that is only accessible on a single level. This prevents unwarranted insight into private areas and reduces collective circulation to a minimum. It also makes each housing unit have two opposing facades, which is beneficial for daylight entry. Positioning the footbridge as well as all living spaces and terraces towards the square, creates an interesting dynamic between life inside the building and life in the public realm.