NATO Headquarters

Location Evere, Belgium
Timeline 2005 - 2017

new build NATO headquarters

Intro

This new headquarters for the military alliance is a major project in Belgian construction history, and in the VK portfolio. As chief engineer, VK faced many challenges. Not least because of the safety requirements associated with the design and realisation. This energy-independent complex boasts impressive figures in all areas, from the number of pile foundations to the number of daily meals.

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Client(s)
  • NATO
Architects
  • ASSAR
  • SOM
Stats
250000 m²

Story

The interior spaces are modular and adaptable, they can be systematically divided and/or extended to provide workspace for 4,000 people on an ongoing basis.

In 1967 NATO moved into their present headquarters in Evere, Belgium. The location was considered a temporary solution at the time. After 30 years, it became clear that their current location no longer suited their changing needs. NATO decided to organise an international architecture competition for the design of their new headquarters. The international jury chose the design submitted by SOM + Assar. VK was responsible for all the engineering, and for the stability study.

The new headquarters houses the essential functions of NATO’s various departments. The complex contains the following spaces and services: modern meeting rooms and press rooms, office space for delegations, military representatives, the international secretariat, and the international headquarters, as well as the agent and partner delegations, sophisticated security, communications and IT installations, and audio-visual capabilities. The complex also houses: restaurants, a bank, boutiques, and sports and leisure facilities.

The design meets numerous challenging requirements. It combines strength and strict functionality with spectacular form and a reasonable level of comfort with the use of sustainable techniques and materials.

The interior spaces are modular and adaptable, they can be systematically divided and/or extended to provide workspace for 4,000 people on an ongoing basis. The NATO project, 250,000 m² is the largest Belgian building project in the past years.

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