SMART ECOLOGY

At Avenue De La Toison D’Or, Brussels we proposed shopping as a ‘Green’ experience incorporating green walls, greenhouses with orchids, bamboo, etc, to separate a series of shopping pavilions and to allow for filtered daylight. The pavilions are connected below the ground level and separated in the park, where large wings hovering above provide sun shading or rain protection while strolling from one pavilion to the other. The pavilions in the park are developed as a ‘green’ zone, both in the sense of green nature and incorporated nature [greenhouses] and in the sense of a self - sustaining unit. Solar collectors provide energy, collected rainwater provides water for the green park and greenhouses and also expresses itself in fountains providing cooling through ‘misting’.

SOUNDSCAPE // The whole structure is based on a music piece [with fast and slow rhythms, high and low tones], specially composed for the site. It helped to integrate the built structures [the Pavilions] with the green zones [the Park] in one fluid movement, where one easily moves in and out of the space.

SMART SKIN // The skin of the building is a continuous concrete shell wrapping the space. Integrated skylights provide natural light and a soft glow. The structure skin integrates all heating, cooling and lighting systems. 

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Client: Prowinko

Project Type:  Retail & Cultural, Pavillions and Park

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Area: 300,000 sf // 27,870 m2

Status: Design Phase 2009

Design: Archi-Tectonics

Principal in charge: Winka Dubbeldam

Architect of Record: Clerbaux

Consultants:

Structural Engineers: ABT

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