The future Delta site could have a new architectural project spreading over 50,000 m². And crowning it, a tower by the Japanese firm Fujimoto Architects, in partnership with the Belgian office Awaa Architecture.
It is only a sketch, selected after a competition to redesign one of the Delta site strategic islands. But it bears the essence of this “architectural gesture”, of this grandiose spirit that is so lacking in Brussels.
The Delta site is currently expanding with the new Chirec Delta Hospital (500 beds), the Universalis Park residential project and the many green spaces nearby. Pushed forward by the Brussels Bouwmeester, developers Thomas & Piron and Unibra wanted to rethink the development of three buildings located at the corner of the Hermann Debroux viaduct and the Boulevard du Triomphe, a real gateway to the capital when motorists leave the Delta tunnel coming from Namur.
Called “Delta Tower”, the selected project was designed by the architects Sou Fujimoto and the Belgian firm Awaa Architecture. Sou Fujimoto is the latest rising star in a long line of Japanese architectural celebrities. He was behind the “Mille Arbres”, a positive energy building in the form of an “inhabited forest”, in the heart of Paris, and the “Arbre Blanc” in Montpellier, a building designed as a stack of villas. The Belgian firm Awaa Architecture, on the other hand, designed the new Cameleon store in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.
In this jointly drawn sketch, the emphasis is on vertical diversity, with numerous homes but also shops, a hotel, catering, offices and maybe even a cinema. That said, the plans of the Delta Tower are not yet etched in stone. The acting mayor of Auderghem, Christophe Magdalijns (DéFI), fiercely opposes its construction, judging the building “too large and too high”, criticizing, while at it, the lack of consultation between Brussels Regional Council and Auderghem municipal council.
Led by the companies Unibra and TP Bâtiment (co-owners of the site), the project has hardly begun. It will have to pass several major administrative stages (planning permission, impact studies, etc.) before being confirmed. According to Joël Polus, Director of Development at TP Bâtiment, no outcome is expected for at least eight years, particularly because of the existing offices, currently leased to the Régie des bâtiments until 2025, that the project envisages to tear down completely.
Tags: Awaa Architecture, Delta Tower, Sou Fujimoto, Thomas & Piron, Unibra