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Hotel Le Nouveau Palace

Together with Italian design firms Onesitestudio and Piovenefabi, we are supervising the expansion of the Le Nouveau Palace / Crowne Plaza in Brussels.
  • Architect: TM Onesitestudio - Piovenefabi - Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: SA Le Nouveau Palace

  • Surface: 7.150 m²

  • Budget: € 30.000.000

  • Timing: 2018

  • Status: In execution

  • Photographer: Sarah Blee (construction site) - Onesitestudio-Piovenefabi (renders)

  • Advisors: HP Engineers (techniques), UTIL Struktuurstudies (stability), Daidalos (acoustics), Plant and Houtgoed (landscape architect)

The conversion includes both the renovation of the historic building and the extension of the hotel with an annex on the adjacent plot.

  • This 1909 Art Nouveau-style hotel with geometric touch has 354 rooms.
  • The hotel's capacity after this facelift will be 500 rooms.

New building

Our Italian partners are drawing an innovative architectural project with an eye for historical continuity. The façade of the missing building will have a strong urban character. With its striking bow-windows, the building evokes both the atmosphere of 20th-century Brussels architecture and that of the neighbouring building with touches of Horta.

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Façade engineering

Hotel Le Nouveau Palace is in the centre of Brussels. A metro tunnel runs under the hotel. Given this specific urban context, a far-reaching façade study was no luxury. The metro tunnel prevents a continuous foundation, as a result of which 2/3 of the building protrudes above the ground floor. The structure will partly rest on cantilever foundations as the ground on which the foundations are to be supported is at a depth of -32 m and is also partly above the metro lines that run close to the building. Therefore, more than dozens of piles will be driven into the ground at a depth of more than 35 m.

Thus, we investigated the possibilities of combining the massive appearance and materiality of the façade with the fragile balance of the primary steel structure, its inherent properties (thermal expansion, differential settlement, etc.) and the limited foundation possibilities.

The technical parameters are further complemented by comfort requirements learned from our daylighting and visual comfort studies. After this analysis, in consultation with the design team, the steel structure was provided with cladding made of prefabricated, fibre-reinforced concrete panels.

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By detailing the building and all its components in BIM, the design and construction process is monitored and controlled.

As executive architect, we help the designing architects with all construction technical and financial issues, so that they can fully focus on the design. We also monitor the implementation and ensure that the objectives and plan are always crystal clear for all partners, so that together we can realise our dreams.

Green roof

  • 400 m² green roof fully equipped for customers of the hotel and external public with a sky bar
  • and a 650 m² restaurant installed on two floors.

The bar with terrace is a folded pavilion that sits on top of the building and is slightly removed from the boarding to create a landscape of terraces and balconies that gives out onto the Herb Garden, the skyscraper, the lower town and Rogier Square.


The renovation and extension of Le Nouveau Palace meets strict and demanding criteria of sustainability established by the international BREAAM certification, a mention never before awarded in the hotel sector in Brussels.

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Meet our experts

From Team Architecture (French-speaking) (3)

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arch. Francesca Crosby

Project architect
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ir. arch. Guillaume Paturel

Project architect
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arch. Ilse Deckmyn

Project architect
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From Team Sustainability, Energy & Comfort (3)

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ing. Martijn Vyncke

Energy advisor
Daylight expert
Consultant technical installations
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ir. arch. Robbe Verelst

Energy and sustainability advisor
Building physics engineer
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ir. arch. Jona Van Steenkiste

Energy and sustainability advisor
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From Team Computer Aided Design & BIM (2)

Christof Gemiddeld

arch. ass. Christof Nollet

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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Sebastian De Meyer

arch. Sebastian Demeyere

Technisch ontwerper

From Team Façade engineering (1)

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arch. Raf De Preter

Expert construction details
Façade advisor
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From Team Lowie (1)

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ir. arch. Gert Biebauw

Project architect
Financial director
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