IPF at the Inauguration of the “Rue Fin” Project
On September 17th, 2010, the community center “Bonnevie” and the association “l’ESPOIR”, officially inaugurated their project on Rue Fin in Molenbeek (Brussels) in the presence of Mrs Evelyne Huytebroeck, Minister for the Environment, Energy, Urban Regeneration and Aid to Individuals and Mr Alain Hubert, polar explorer and President of the International Polar Foundation. The project to build 14 passive duplex apartments was designed by architect Damien Carnoy and has involved the future inhabitants and owners of the apartments from its inception.
Officially supported by Alain Hubert, the building “l’Espoir” was twinned with the Princess Elisabeth Station in Antarctica on June 9th, 2008 and selected as an “exemplary building” by the IBGE (Institut Bruxellois de Gestion de l’Environnement – Brussels Institute for Environmental Management). After construction came to an end in March 2010, the 14 families saw their dream become reality as they moved into their new passive homes in June 2010.