02 Tour Taxis Brussels Zone B 4882
As overarching executive and coordinating architect, we are building a sustainable residential district in the heart of Brussels with five design architects.
  • Architect: Binst Architects, Cobe (DK), Effekt (DK), HUB and Polo Architects i.c.w. Bureau Bouwtechniek

  • Client: Nextensa

  • Surface: 140.000 m²

  • Timing: 2021 -

  • Status: Design phase

  • Advisors: Bureau Bas Smets (landscape design), Ney & Partners (stability), CES (techniques)

Lake Side is a new residential district on the Tour & Taxis site, north of Gare Maritime and the ponds. MVRDV-Architects' master plan is at the heart of this mixed-use, sustainable and inclusive urban district in a green setting.

Opposite the renovated Gare Maritime and the park, a residential district of 140,000 m2 with 800 new homes will be built. Part of the residential district will consist of high-rise buildings.

Office space (+- 40,000 sq m), restaurants, local shops (+- 3,000 sq m), public facilities (+- 4,000 sq m), 1,800 bicycle parking spaces and an underground car park for 688 cars complete the mixed programme.

05 Tour Taxis Brussels Drone Ortogonal Groot 4880
1396 Tour Taxis Brussels Zone A 4883


  • taking into account the high density in a qualitative and sustainable way
  • integration with the surrounding park and ponds
  • heritage context

As the overarching executive and coordinating architect, we ensure that the objectives and process are always clear and up to date for all partners, and we help the designing architects with all technical and financial issues so that they can fully focus on the design.

Our colleagues from Team Sustainability, Energy and Comfort are responsible for the EPB advice and related reporting.


The focus of the project is on future-proof construction and creating a high-quality, sustainable and inclusive residential area.

  • Thoughtful use of building materials, advanced technologies and future-proof renewable energy concepts
  • No use of fossil fuels
  • Objective: BREEAM Outstanding certification for all office buildings
  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Optimise biodiversity by creating new open spaces between buildings with different types of grasses, herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees
  • As wide a social mix as possible

Inspired by the project's sustainable ambitions, our architects conducted research into the reuse of materials and bio-based materials.

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On an organisational level, Bureau Bouwtechniek provides excellent supervision of the design process. After all, as the executive architect, they take over the torch from the design architects.
Binst Architecten
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Vlaanderen Circulair

Circularity is still little known in the residential real estate market. It is a fast-paced sector with many stakeholders who have to make many decisions. To make circular construction break through there, together with Nextensa we are developing a tool for the BIM model environment, which quickly gives all parties insight into the circular opportunities of their building project.

With this innovative communication tool that addresses all stakeholders involved in a construction project, we aim to introduce circular construction principles to the residential real estate market as well.

How exactly does that tool work?
MVRDV's urban master plan and visual quality plan were challenging guidelines during the design process, as were the requirements of Nextensa and Bureau Bouwtechniek at the programmatic, structural and organisational level.
Polo Architecten

Meet the Lake Side project team

From Team Sustainability, Energy & Comfort (3)

BB Robbe oct2014

ir. arch. Robbe Verelst

Energie- en duurzaamheidsadviseur
Ingenieur bouwfysica
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Emma 569 A0561 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Emma Van De Steene

Energy and sustainability advisor
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B B Martijn Vyncke 8087 Large

ing. Martijn Vyncke

Daglicht expert
Adviseur technische installaties
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From Team Architectuur (Lake Side, pop-up) (17)

Andreas 569 A1636 Gemiddeld

arch. Andreas Porreye

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Christof Gemiddeld

arch. ass. Christof Nollet

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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ir. arch. Dana Dee

Project architect
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Elien Coppitters 2714

ir. arch. Elien Coppitters

Project architect
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Glenn choice 719925

Glenn Verdyck

Technical designer
BIM modeller
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prof. arch. Jan Moens

General Director
Head of Research & Development Department
Managing Director
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Kasper 569 A6601 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Kasper Habtie

Project architect
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Katrien N 569 A6640 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Katrien Nevejans

Technisch ontwerper
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KRIS 9 6 23 569 A8800 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Kris Broidioi

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Laura 569 A6623 Gemiddeld

arch. Laura Rombaut

Technisch ontwerper
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MIEKE 9 6 23 569 A8792 Gemiddeld

arch. Mieke Van der Linden

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Nadja 569 A3492 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Nadja Van Houten

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prof. ir. arch. Paulus Present

BIM manager
Technisch ontwerper
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Raphaeel 569 A0642 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Raphaël Roland

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Sofie 569 A0664 2 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Sofie April

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Kopie van Paulus

arch. Stan Lasuy

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Thijs Verfaillie Large

ir. arch. Thijs Verfaillie

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From Team Fire (1)

Alex S 569 A0525 Gemiddeld

ir. arch. Alexander Scheepers

Project architect
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From Team Façade engineering (1)

Raf 569 A3809 Gemiddeld

arch. Raf De Preter

Expert bouwdetails
Adviseur gevel
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