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KBC Artevelde Tower

Location Ghent, Belgium
Timeline 2009 - 2012

engineering of a new office tower

Intro

This office tower along the E40 adds a striking silhouette to Ghent's skyline. The tallest tower in Flanders, with a fire station in its base, was built according to a tight schedule thanks to far-reaching prefabrication. The concept with the sloping facade wall also stimulated the creativity of VK's structural engineers. In addition, the airtight building envelope provides the tower with a high level of insulation.

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Client(s)
  • De Paepe Group
  • Stasimo
Architects
  • Jaspers-Eyers Architects
Stats
31000 m²

Story

The construction with a slanted facade, whereby one block appears to be hanging of the other, was quite a challenge.

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Measuring 120 meters and counting 27 floors, the MG Tower is the highest tower of Flanders, offering place for 1.200 employees. Due to its location nearby an exit on the E40-motorway, the building functions as a new beacon for the city of Ghent.

Besides the office space and the technical rooms on the upper floors, the building houses a modern corporate restaurant, an auditorium and a fire station. VK provided the studies for the M&E engineering, the structural engineering and the infrastructure for this remarkable project of De Paepe Group, designed by Jaspers-Eyers. The construction with a slanted facade, whereby one block appears to be hanging of the other, was quite a challenge for VK’s engineers. In addition, the tower has been designed according to the technique of non-progressive collapse. More specifically: continuous anchors have been integrated in such a manner that, in case a column should be eliminated, the beams and floors only bend to a minimum.

The building is accessible by means of a footbridge passing over the motorway exit, to bus and tram stops nearby, and by means of a tunnel.

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