The UIA is proud to announce the results of the “Projet Loi 130” architecture competition organised in Brussels by the European Commission with support from the UIA and from its Belgian section, the Fédération Royale des architectes de Belgique.
The invited international, two-phase project competition was launched in March 2018 to identify the best and most environmentally-friendly solution for a mixed-use office space in the heart of the “European Quarter” in Brussels demarcated by streets Rue de la Loi, Rue de Spa, Rue Joseph II and the Chausée d’Etterbeek.
Following the pre-selection phase, 28 competing designs were submitted between August and November 2018. The Jury met in January 2019 and decided to admit 9 out of 28 competing designs to the second phase of the competition. The International Jury met in XXX and submitted their recommendations for the winning entries to the European Commission in late June 2019.
The Winner is a consortium of five companies specialised in the provision of architectural and engineering services: RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ ARQUITECTOS, Spain (Team leader); Perkins+Will UK Limited, UK; Latz + Partner Landscape Architecture Urban Planning, Germany; TECNICA Y PROYECTOS S.A., Spain; and, MC2 ESTUDIO DE INGENIERIA S.L.U., Spain.
According to architect Monica von Schmalensee, who chaired the jury alongside Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger: “Architecturally this complex and challenging competition fulfilled very high standards with three innovative winning designs. As a jury we especially valued the large and accessible public spaces the 1st prize-winner will create and how the buildings integrate into the urban context. This will bring benefits not only to staff working there, but also to residents and people passing by.”
Once completed, the innovative and environmentally friendly new complex will host offices for at least 5,250 people, two childcare centres, a visitors' centre to welcome 345,000 people per year, 3,000 square meters of restaurants and shops, and public spaces with green areas.
The first phase of the works, towards Chaussée d'Etterbeek, is expected to start in 2025. Once the first phase is finalised, the second phase, towards rue de Spa, can start. The entire complex should be finished by 2035.
The European Commission
Following the recommendations of the International Jury, the Commission has awarded the Second Prize to the consortium 2PORTZAMPARC, France (Team leader); Florence Mercier Paysagiste, France; and, ARTELIA Bâtiment & Industrie, France.
The Third Prize has been awarded to BURO II & ARCHI+I / B2Ai, Team Leader (Belgium); C.F. Møller Danmark A/S (Denmark), DELVA Landscape Architects (Netherlands) and VK Engineering (Belgium).
RAFAEL DE LA-HOZ ARQUITECTOS, Spain (Team leader); Perkins+Will UK Limited, UK; Latz + Partner Landscape Architecture Urban Planning, Germany; TECNICA Y PROYECTOS S.A., Spain; and, MC2 ESTUDIO DE INGENIERIA S.L.U., Spain.
The Commission has a budget of 900 000 Euros for honoraria and prizes. There are 300 000 Euros designated for honoraria in phase 1 and 300.000 Euros for honoraria in phase 2, as well as 300 000 Euros in prize money, which will be attributed as follows:
1st Prize: 120 000 Euros
2nd Prize: 100 000 Euros
3rd Prize: 80 000 Euros
- Guenther H. Oettinger, Member of the European Commission
- Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region
- Irene Souka, Director-General Human Resources and Security, European Commission
- Vladimir Sucha, Director-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Marc Mouligneau, Director of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Brussels, European Commission
- Peter Benuska, Master Architect of the European Commission
- Kristiaan Borret, Master Architect of the Brussels-Capital Region
- Brian Cody, Engineer (Ireland)
- Dominique Lyon, Architect (France)
- Monica von Schmalensee, Architect (Sweden)
- Benedetta Tagliabue, Architect (Italy)
Deputy General Jurors:
- Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General Joint Research Centre, European Commission
- Bernard Magenhann, Deputy Director-General Human Resources and Security, European Commission
- Michael Hager, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger
- Thibaut Jossart, Member of Cabinet of Minister-President Vervoort of the Brussels-Capital Region
- Marc Séguinot, Head of the Real Estate Department of the Office for Infrastructure and Logistics Brussels, European Commission
Deputy Architectural Jurors:
- Olivier Bastin, Architect (Belgium)
- Paul van Bergen, Architect (Netherlands)
- Almut Gruentuch-Ernst, Architect (Germany)
- Bjarne Hammer, Architect (Denmark)