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Herman Teirlinck Administrative Centre

Together with Neutelings Riedijk Architects, we are helping to build a new office building for the Flemish Government on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels.
  • Architect: Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Rotterdam) i.c.w. Conix RDBM Architects

  • Client: VAC De Meander nv

  • Surface: 66.500 m²

  • Budget: € 90.000.000

  • Timing: 2015 - 2017

  • Status: Executed

  • Photographer: Filip Dujardin & Giulia Frigerio

  • Advisors: NEY + Partners (stability), Studiebureau Boydens (techniques), Scala Consultants (acoustics), Arcadis Belgium (fire safety), Probam (safety)

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This new building will house about 2,600 employees and is situated on a historic site that is being transformed into a new 45-hectare urban district with a park, offices, housing, shops and schools. At the same time, a city park of more than 20 hectares will be created.

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The Flemish Administrative Centre will be a high-rise building of six storeys with a limited tower accent of seven additional storeys. By analogy with the Royal Depot, also located on this site, the building will have a covered inner street with adjacent inner gardens.

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With a surface area of some 46,000 m², the Herman Teirlinck Building will be the largest passive office building in Belgium.

Distinctive elements are

  • the low E-level
  • the low net energy requirement for heating
  • and the low primary energy consumption for cooling and auxiliary energy.

In terms of 'environment and sustainability', the building achieves a maximum score thanks to its good performance in terms of water use (drainage and site paving) and use of materials.

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Facade advice and design

The façade is designed and realised in brickwork in a non-conventional bond. Together with the strict alignment of the façade, the use of pre-frames for the exterior joinery and the (wind) loads associated with high-rise buildings, this is an important focal point that is closely monitored both in the design phase and during execution in order to achieve a high-quality result.

We provide full structural engineering support to the design team from implementation onwards and take charge of monitoring implementation.

Meet the project team

From Team Architecture (public sector Flanders) (4)

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prof. arch. Jan Moens

General Director
Head of Research & Development Department
Managing Director
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arch. Raf De Preter

Expert construction details
Façade advisor
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Marie Lievrouw

Willem Broekaert

From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (3)

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arch. Bart Van den Bossche

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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prof. ir. arch. Paulus Present

BIM manager
Technical designer
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arch. ass. Katie Van der Borght

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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