Gare Maritime, 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’.
Public gardens and squares
The building dates from the beginning of the 20th century. Under the roofs of the side aisles, twelve wooden pavilions have been added to accommodate the new program. They create a new structure of boulevards and street, parks and squares that follows the urban context and the building structure in a natural way.
The central space in the heart of the building has been kept open for public events. On both sides of the event space the green walking boulevards are wide enough to plant ten large gardens.
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 Picardstreet are provided with solar cells and 17,000 m2 of solar panels have been installed on the roofs. At all levels far-reaching sustainability measures have been implemented, such as geothermal energy and reuse of rainwater.
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. Source by Neutelings Riedijk Architects.
- Location: Picardstraat, Tour & Taxis, Brussel, Belgium
- Architect: Neutelings Riedijk Architects
- Project 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
- Civil and structural engineering renovation: Ney & Partners BXL
- Civil and structural engineering new pavillions: Ney & Partners WOW
- MEP and Building physics: Boydens engineering
- Landscape architect: OMGEVING
- Restoration architect: Jan de Moffarts
- Artist: Henri Jacobs
- Cost consultant: Bureau Bouwtechniek
- Acoustic: Venac, Brussel
- Fire safety: FPC Risk, Antwerpen
- Main contractor: MBG
- Wood contractor: Züblin
- Installations contractor: Cegelec, VMA, NTSA, Van Hoey, IFTech
- Project coordination, safety manager: Bopro
- Client: Extensa Group
- Surface area: 45.000 m2 sqm
- Completion: November 2019
- Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Sarah Blee, Tim Fisher, Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects