The new Tour & Taxis masterplan aims to create a modern, vibrant quarter on the outskirts of Brussels Centre. The project site contains a number of aspects and views that correspond with the surrounding context and begin to suggest a gateway project for the proposed park. A project that gives prominence to the new intervention while protects the park from the nearby busy road. A project that acts as a buffer for the park, encapsulating it like a room, while allowing a multiplicity of connections. The Tour & Taxi towers need to become a symbol for the city of Brussels and for the overall development of TNT. This calls for height and density, but also for buildings with a unique architectural character. We have arranged the massing of the buildings so they tie into the composition of the masterplan using the planned housing tower further back as part of the scheme and integrating its scale. This leaves a scheme which has the height and character to become a landmark for the city of Brussels, while maintaining a smaller human scale locally, as the massing steps down towards the canal and park.
|Project||Urban Masterplan, Offices, Retail||Budget||Type||Invited Competition|
|Size||50.000 m2||Client||N/A||Status||ongoing 2008|
|Location||Brussels, Belgium||Team||JDS, NEY+Partners, ARUP, AGU, ARUP sustainbility, Matriciel, Bopro|
|Creative Authorship||Julien De Smedt||Project Leader||Jeppe Ecklon||Project Team||
Aleksandra Kiskielis, Andrew Griffin, Barbara Wolff, Bernard Jerome, Elina Maninnen, Federico Pedrini, Felix Luong, Francisco Villeda, Hanna Gloyer, Heechan park, Kazumasa tsujimura, Kristoffer Harling, Kristoffer Harling, Miguel taborda, Phillip Ohnesorge, Razvan Armeanu, Roberto Aparicio, Roman Kuchukov, Victor Mahe, Wouter dons