Savonnerie Heymans

A former soap factory turned into a sustainable housing project

Brussels, Belgium


Located less than half a mile from the Grand’Place in Brussels, Savonnerie Heymans is a social housing project converted from a former soap factory. The green renovation was led by MDW Architecture who worked to retain all of the historical buildings while improving the energy efficiency and sustainability and adding new buildings as necessary. The project completed in 2011 recreates a real “village” of 42 sustainable accommodations of different types including studios, 1 to 6-bedroom apartments, lofts, duplexes and maisonettes. The Savonnerie is a 100% social housing scheme that provides a variety of spaces echoing the diversity of the people living in the very heart of Brussels.