Gare Maritime: A Sustainable and Circular Design for Mixed Multifunctional Urban Program

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Located on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, Gare Maritime is transformed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects into a covered city with a mixed program of shopping and working with a lot of public space. This 45.000 m2 project is an awesome example of a sustainable and circular design that entirely constructed in wood.

Design

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This project is designed by the architect as a new city district: ‘a city where it never rains’. There 12 pavilions added under the old station’s roofs to accommodate the new program of the project. These pavilions can create a new structure of streets and boulevards, squares and parks, that follows the structure of the building in a natural way beautifully.

The building has a central space that has been kept open for public events while wide green walking boulevards on both sides of the event space are enough to plant 10 large gardens.

 

Structure

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This building is entirely constructed in wood, the largest CLT-project in Europe. The choice of wood material can reduce the use of cement also give a favorable effect on the process of construction. The construction time is considerably shorter thanks to the prefabrication and the dry constructing method.

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This project also becomes a great example of a sustainable and circular design on its entire part. The building is a fossil-free and energy-neutral with far-reaching sustainability that have been implemented at all of its levels.

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The far-reaching sustainability in this building includes the reuse of rainwater, geothermal energy, and solar panels on the glass facades and roofs.

 

Gare Maritime Gallery

 

Photography: Filip Dujardin / Sarah Blee / Tim Fisher