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Gare Maritime Brussels / Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Bureau Bouwtechniek

Gare Maritime Brussels / Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Bureau Bouwtechniek

Gare Martitime, once Europe’s largest railway station for goods on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, has been transformed into a covered city with a mixed program of working and shopping and plenty of public space to relax. Under impressive steel roofs Neutelings Riedijk Architects designed the new Gare Maritime as a city district; ‘a city where it never rains’.   

Ph: Filip Dujardin © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

Public gardens and squares

The old station from early 20th century consists of three larger and four smaller halls. Under the existing roofs of the side aisles, twelve new pavilions have been added to accommodate the new program. They create a new structure of boulevards and street, gardens and squares, that follows the existing urban context and the building structure in a natural way, like a true city.

Ph: Filip Dujardin © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

The central space in the heart of the building has been kept open for public events. It has a pleasant climate which follows the changing of the seasons. Inspired by the ‘Ramblas’, on both sides of the event space a green walking boulevard is created. The 16 meters wide pedestrian routes give enough room for spacious inner gardens, with a hundred large trees. Gare Maritime counts a total of ten gardens based on four themes: the woodland garden, the flower garden, the grass garden and the fragrance garden. For the squares, Brussels visual artist Henri Jacobs designed eight mosaics.

Largest CLT-project in Europe

The new pavilions have been constructed in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), with an enormous reduction in the amount of cement as a result. The choice for wood also had a favorable effect on the construction process: thanks to prefabrication and the dry constructing method, the construction time was considerably shorter.

State-of-the-art in sustainability

Gare Maritime is entirely energy neutral and fossil free. The glass facades on Picard street are provided with solar cells. On the roofs a total area of ​​17,000 m2 (approximately 183.000 ft2) of solar panels has been installed. At all levels far-reaching sustainability measures have been implemented, such as use of geothermal energy and reuse of rainwater. Gare Maritime is an important contribution to the sustainable development of the Tour & Taxis site and the Kanaalzone in Brussels.

Ph: Filip Dujardin © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

This project was commissioned by Extensa and realized in cooperation with Bureau Bouwtechniek, Ney & partners, Boydens engineering and OMGEVING. In the first phase, the existing historic building was carefully restored by Jan de Moffarts Architects, Bureau Bouwtechniek, Ney & Partners and Boydens.

DATE: 2017-2019 / LOCATION: Picardstraat, Tour & Taxis, Brussel, BE / AREA: 45.000 m2 (built) / PROGRAM: mixed urban program: offices, retail, catering services and event space / STATUS: built / DESIGN: Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Rotterdam i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek, Antwerpen / ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM: Michiel Riedijk, Willem Jan Neutelings, Dieter de Vos, Kenny Tang, Alejandro Mosquera Garcia, Alexey Boev, Anselmo Nižić, Frank Venhorst, Pietro Manara / ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING: Bureau Bouwtechniek / ARTIST: Henri Jacobs / CONSTRUCTION: MBG (main contractor), Züblin (Wood contractor), Cegelec, VMA, NTSA, Van Hoey, IFTech (Installations contractor) / CONSULTANTS: Ney & Partners BXL (Civil and structural engineering Renovation), Ney & Partners WOW (Civil and structural engineering new pavilions), Boydens engineering, Brugge (MEP, Building physics), OMGEVING, Antwerpen (Landscape architect), Jan de Moffarts i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek (Restoration architect), Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Interior designer – public spaces), Bureau Bouwtechniek (cost), Venac, Brussel (Acoustics), FPC Risk, Antwerpen (Fire safety) / PROJECT COORDINATION, SAFETY MANAGER: Bopro / CLIENT: Extensa Group / PHOTOS: Filip Dujardin

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