Largest, passive offices complex in Flanders takes shape
Along the Antwerp ringway, Post X is quickly revealing itself. The large-scale development will considerably expand the offices market in Flanders’ largest city. A sustainable expansion for that matter, as Post X is a passive development. VK Architects & Engineers is the design partner for sustainable design, M&E engineering, acoustics and energy reporting.
With Post X, Antwerp will see its offices real estate grow considerably. The 130,000 sqm of the project by Iret Development also offers room for all sorts of side functions for the future tenants. It will accommodate a business center, super market, sports and leisure facilities and various restaurants. Also on the site, a hotel with 140 rooms. The adult education center Syntra AB has been active on the spot for a year now. Recent news indicates that the Antwerp police might also plan for its master building to be located here. In total, this development will offer 4,000 people a place to work, nearby various public transport access points and an important thoroughfare.
High-quality architecture and passive construction
Post X clearly wants to introduce high-standard offices on the Antwerp market, with Stéphane Beel and Jaspers-Eyers as architects. Stéphane Beel was recently nominated for the EU Mies Award with the University Psychiatric Center Gasthuisberg, and also designed the International Arts Campus De Singel, another landmark along the Antwerp ringway.
The intended high-quality standards also are apparent from the sustainable approach. The offices consume half of the energy standard offices consume. In the design phase, the ambition level was fixed at a much stricter level than the standard in force at the time, and anticipated today’s standard by 5 years. This makes Post X one of the largest passive offices projects in Belgium. The sustainable design includes all sorts of parameters, from orientation and glass-ratio to the installations, such as concrete core activation.
A number of buildings have already been completed. KPMG and Crelan will move into their new offices this year, and join Kuehne+Nagel. Mid 2017 another number of volumes will be completed. The hotel is planned to open in early 2018.