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Solvay Campus
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen
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Relationship with the location
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau Pauwels
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau Pauwels
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau PauwelsThe new campus signals a shift for Solvay towards a more open, sustainable culture amidst a recent radical transformation of its business portfolio. The new building, located on the 22-hectare site that has housed many of Solvay's activities since 1953, will not be a typical corporate office, but rather a fluid, collaborative space where teams and partners can co-create and interact.  

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau Pauwels"In the earliest stages, it became clear that one compact building with one common entrance into a sweeping atrium would allow everyone who passes through the headquarters to share the same unique experience of the building, and create a strong sense of belonging" said Tiago Pereira, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. "We translated Solvay's desire for a welcoming, innovative, sustainable headquarters into an architecturally bold statement that reflects its core values and creates a new identity."
One company. One campus. One building.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau PauwelsSustainability and resiliency are two key drivers in the design of the new Solvay headquarters. The company's dedication to its green ambitions are evident throughout the design of the zero carbon footprint, near zero energy building and green campus. Upon arriving on the new campus, employees and visitors will feel the spirit of the place.
 
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau PauwelsThe Esplanade is the "urban carpet" that welcomes people to the premises and has a more formal, urban character than its surroundings, featuring planters with benches, solitary trees, and small reflective pools. The new large green roof, designed as a geometric garden, offers unobstructed views of the surroundings. It also features skylights and large sunken gardens that provide the workshop areas beneath with access to the outdoors.
 
The existing park on the west side of the entrance will become a dedicated forest, and will reintroduce the 18th century old water stream linked to the Senne. Rainwater across the campus will be harvested and reused as much as possible, and the stream will amplify the natural rainwater ponds to boost biodiversity while creating microclimates. An open-air amphitheatre in the Yard on the north side of the campus will connect the headquarters with the new restaurant. Careful attention has been given to the existing trees when shaping this space in order to take advantage of the sloping landscape and the historic value of the existing species.
 
The green spaces and the large plaza will guide staff and visitors to the glazed, open and inviting main entrance lobby, flanked by the café and the Solvay Experience Centre. Inside the building, an impressive atrium, bathed in natural light, will offer social and visual connectivity between floors and departments. The first two floors house the laboratories and workshops, while the offices occupy the upper four floors. In between these, the Meeting Centre allows employees to gather, relax and communicate, while taking in the campus's green views through large 360° terraces.
 
Informal workspaces, such as the large social staircase that lines the atrium and the peaceful green patio that serves as a backdrop, will welcome new ways of working, communicating and collaborating.
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau Pauwels"The building makes a dynamic impression thanks to the shift in levels and the terraces," said Kim Holst Jensen, Partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. "The extensive digital applications will contribute to the building's smart use of energy, and the open, transparent design will act as a lighthouse on the campus."
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The building model for the new Solvay campus had to reflect the architecturally bold statement that characterises the international company’s core values. Six skilled Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects model makers spent 10 days building a 1:100 scale model (200x150x50 cm in size) with completely detachable floors and 3D-printed components.

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
General ecology
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau PauwelsSolvay has ambitious sustainable development objectives, and is committed to minimizing its industrial waste and the impact of its manufacturing processes on air, water and soil quality. Schmidt Hammer Lassen's winning design, which is expected to be certified BREEAM Excellent, will be carbon neutral, using geothermal energy, solar cells and natural ventilation, all set on a rolling green campus.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Belgium [Belgique/België]
Region
Brussels [Bruxelles/Brussel]
Town
Brussels [Bruxelles/Brussel]
Hamlet
Neder-over-Heembeek
Address
Ransbeekstraat
 
 
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2018     project winner of competition
Realisation
2019 - 2021
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CLIENT
 
 
Solvay
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DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 42,000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
VK Engineers
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Ontwerpbureau Pauwels
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STAFF
 
Project
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Associate designers
Modulo Architects
Systems
Istema NV 
Settings
Kollision
Fire safety
Abesco CVBA
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CREDITS
 
 
Images © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Drawings © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Text edited by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Solvay, Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium, Modulo Architects, Ontwerpbureau Pauwels



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