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Ghent Flemish Administrative Centre

Location Ghent, Belgium
Timeline 2011 - 2014

engineering of a new flemish administrative centre

Intro

At the Ghent Sint-Pieters station, the province of East Flanders holds a high-performance office building with conference facilities. The Virginie Loveling building was designed for a new way of working and achieves the maximum score under the Flemish government's sustainability criteria. High comfort and low energy consumption were facilitated by an integrated approach of the design team, architects and engineers.

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Client(s)
  • SOFA
Architects
  • POLO Architects
Stats
35000 m²

Story

The competition jury paid attention to the quality of the urbanistic and architectural design, as well as to the energy efficiency and sustainability.

This office tower at the Saint-Peter’s station in Ghent is part of a larger entity, covering over 100,000 sqm with office space, residences, retail and leisure in green surroundings. The jury paid attention to the quality of the urbanistic and architectural design, as well as to the energy efficiency and sustainability. Besides these criteria, the economic efficiency and track record of the subscribers was also considered.

By means of an integrated design approach, this office tower has a K-level of 18 and an E-level of 50. Resulting in a four star score, according to the criteria from the manual “Evaluation of office buildings” by the Flemish Government. Firstly, a lot of attention was paid to passive measures, such as: an optimal orientation, optimization of the glass surfaces, high-quality triple glazing in passive frames and with strategically placed solar protection, an efficient and compact form, well thought-out materials with high insulation value and an air-tight construction. Active measures are to reduce the energy demand even further, and meet the demand as efficiently as possible: a reversible air water heat pump, a cogeneration of heat and electricity, a water cooled cooling machine with a very high return, energy efficient daylight-controlled lighting, demand-driven balance ventilation with a very high air-quality and heat- and water-recuperation.

These active and passive measures have been integrated on a conceptual level.

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