Machelen school builds an innovative model of Uplace

Machelen school builds an innovative model of Uplace


Two final-year classes from de Windroos primary school in Machelen participated in the Dorp op School (Village at School) science project. Both classes selected the Uplace project as the subject for their submission. Earlier this year, the pupils paid a visit to the Uplace offices to find out more about the Machelen project. The Uplace team was so impressed by the children and their multitude of innovative and imaginative ideas that they challenged both classes to develop a new idea for Uplace. This creative idea will in fact be integrated into the final Uplace project. The pupils of de Windroos were delighted to accept the challenge.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 was D-day! The two classes presented their respective models to the world in the presence of family, friends and a few members of the Uplace team. All the children had perfectly understood that Uplace was somewhere for a complete experience, including a vast range of functions (offices, relaxation, shopping, open spaces, etc.). Click here to admire all the children’s drawings.
Given the abundance of creative ideas and the children’s enthusiasm, the Uplace team found it impossible to select one single winner from all the submissions. Therefore, it decided to work on and integrate no less than 11 of the ideas into the Uplace Machelen project. At this point, we don’t know exactly what the final result will look like, but the following ideas will certainly be incorporated:

  1. Sam’s mattress castle: we may incorporate this in the development of the office spaces. It would allow employees to take a nap during their lunch break. This fits in very well with the concept of the office of the future.
    Matrassenkasteel - Sam
  2. Hafsa’s animal care idea: our project also offers space for professionals such as vets, and maybe even an experience shop for animals.
    Dierenverzorging - Hafza
  3. Naomi’s chocolate factory: this could become a new concept shop for a chocolate brand.
    Naomi - chocoladefabriek
  4. Souheyla’s Uplace Museum: around the space dedicated to theatre and culture, there is room for exhibitions, galleries, or a museum.
    mudeum - Souheyla
  5. Many of the ideas can be integrated into the open squares or roof gardens:
  • In the summer:
    • Elsa’s Uplace beach (similar to Bruxelles-les-Bains)
      Beach Elsa
    • The Uplace fair
    • Fatine’s skate park
      Skate parc - Fatine
    • Dounia’s rollerblade track
      Dounia - rolschaatsbaan
    • Davie’s BMX park
      BMX park - Davie
  1. For the children’s area, we may implement Nesrine’s wonderland.
  1. Samantha’s karaoke could be integrated into the nightclub that might be included in the project.
    Karaoke - Samantha

In addition to the final winner, two other ideas also stood out: Livia’s drawing of the Uplace chairlift and Camille’s floating restaurant were very impressive but, unfortunately, they aren’t feasible for the moment. But… never say never!
Livia - zetellift

Innovative technologies

As well as excelling in terms of creativity, the models submitted by the pupils showed a deep sense of aesthetics and an eye for ecology. The children had thought of everything: a sliding roof, a waste-water purification plant, solar panels, a grass-covered roof, and even a heat pump.