At the beginning of July, the European Commission announced the winner of the international design competition for a huge building complex at 130 rue de la Loi to replace a number of obsolete Commission buildings. This project is an important milestone in the implementation of the "City Project Law", which aims to find sustainable, energy-efficient solutions for the redevelopment of the European Quarter in Brussels.
VK Architects & Engineers assisted the architects of B2Ai and C.F. MØLLER, in collaboration with Delva Landscape Architects for all engineering disciplines. The consortium, the only one in combination with Belgian architects, was the third laureate in this international competition.
In March last year, the European Commission launched a competition to replace its old buildings at 130 rue de la Loi. The consortium will transform this 24,000 m² site into a complex of almost 190,000 m² that will be able to accommodate offices for at least 5,250 employees. In addition, two childcare areas will be provided, as well as a visitor centre with an annual capacity of 345,000 people, 3,000 m² for restaurants and shops, and public areas with green areas, as well as 4 underground layers of parking areas.
High architectural standards' demand the utmost from the engineers
"This complex and challenging competition met very high architectural standards with three innovative winning designs," said architect Monica von Schmalensee, chairman of the jury. The jury was composed of internationally renowned architects and engineers as well as representatives of the European Commission and the Brussels-Capital Region.
Tradition in collaboration with architects who are internationally active
In the past, VK has often been called upon by architects who can boast a solid international record. For example, VK developed the complete engineering concept for the Antwerp Law Courts with Richard Rogers, the structural concept for the Police Tower in Charleroi with Jean Nouvel or the acoustical concept for Robbrecht Daem in the Concert Hall in Bruges, to name but a few.
From 2 to 28 September, an exhibition on this project will be held in the buildings of the European Commission.
Have a look at: https://ec.europa.eu/oib/loi130-competition/exhibition_en.htm
Rue Archimède 1, 1000 Brussels
From 2 until 28 September
Monday - Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
On Wednesday 4 and 25 September, the exhibition will exceptionally close at 4 p.m.