Garden suburbs: Le Logis-Floréal

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The twin garden suburbs of “Le Logis” and “Floréal” together contain 1,500 houses and constitute the largest group of affordable dwellings built in Belgium in the inter-war years.

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The twin garden suburbs of “Le Logis” and “Floréal” together contain 1,500 houses and constitute the largest group of affordable dwellings built in Belgium in the inter-war years. They were built following the creation of the National Company for Affordable Houses and Dwellings in 1919, by two self-build co-operatives, including a group of typesetters at the “Le Peuple” newspaper. The garden suburb movement was imported from the UK, where many Belgian architects has trained during the First World War, including Jean-Jules Eggericx, the co-ordinator of Le Logis-Floréal. It was an experiment in design and construction techniques. It made references to an individualist and ruralist ideal while simultaneously relying on the solidarity of the self-builders. This new lifestyle blended the standardised with the picturesque, which would prove key to its success.