University restaurant – Université Libre de Bruxelles
The renovation of the university campus restaurant in Brussels was not just about creating a visually appealing space, but also about creating a welcoming environment that encourages people to connect, study, and enjoy a nice meal.
One of the key design features that promotes connection is the variety of seating options available. The inclusion of booths, large common tables, and a ping pong table all provide opportunities for students to gather and interact with one another. Whether they are studying together or just enjoying a meal, these different seating options create a sense of community and encourage socialisation.
The design team was committed to reusing as much of the existing furniture and materials as possible. They repurposed concrete radiator covers into benches, which are now fixed furniture that helps define the space and flows. The legs of previous tables were used to create a new monumental table with a zigzag shape, and the previous restaurant chairs were dismantled and used to create acoustic wall elements. The result is a space that feels cohesive and intentional while still being sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Radiator covers turned benches
Chairs turned into acoustic walls
Another unique feature of the new restaurant is the integration of street art. The designers worked with Propaganza to create a gradient effect that intensifies as you go further inside. This adds a playful and edgy element to the space that is sure to appeal to the students who use it.
variety of seating
At the same time, the restaurant also offers spaces where students can study and work alone, providing a quiet and comfortable space for students to work on their assignments or study for exams. The variety of seating options also means that students can choose a spot that suits their preferred study style, whether that’s a quiet booth, the podium or a more open common table.
Finally, the restaurant is designed to provide a pleasant eating experience. The open kitchen and show cooking create a sense of movement and energy, while the self-service counters allow students to choose the food they want at their own pace.
Our team optimised the use of space by adding a new coffee corner that operates all day, allowing students to use the space for studying, working in groups, or meeting friends from 8am to 6pm. Both the restaurant and the coffee corner are placed into solid wood structures, clearly identifying these two focal points.
Meet the team!
Overall, the renovation of the university campus restaurant in Brussels is a stunning example of how thoughtful design can completely transform a space. The variety of seating options, use of repurposed materials, integration of street art, and optimised use of space all combine to create a space that is functional, sustainable, and visually engaging.
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