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23 May 2019 Comments (0) Architecture, Atenor, Real Estate

The One, a contributor to the redevelopment of Brussels’ European district

At the corner of Rue de la Loi and La Chausée d’Etterbeek, The One building has now been completed. How will this mixed project (30,000 m² of office space, 97 housing units and 900 m² of commercial space) help redevelop the European district of Brussels?

From above, the institutions can be seen. From below, no doubt the capital’s most prominent office building. Built at the bottom of Rue de la Loi, on the former Hotel Europa site, The One is linked to every aspect of urban life: work, leisure, shopping, relaxation. Europe’s pulse can also be felt in the district.

Designed by architecture firm B2AI, The One is no doubt one of the capital’s most avant-garde buildings. It comprises two separate adjoining towers divided into accommodation and offices. It is almost 100 m high and includes offices, commercial space and close to one hundred housing units. The residential part, on Rue Jacques de Lalaing is 73 m high and decked with large white balconies. The 97 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments are spread across 20 floors for a surface area of 7,900 m².

  • The One Brussels - Atenor
  • The One Brussels - Atenor
  • The One Brussels - Atenor
  • The One Brussels - Atenor
  • The One Brussels - Atenor
  • The One Brussels - Atenor

‘Eco-logical’ façade

The office block on Rue de la Loi is 94 m high. The 29,250 m² span 22 floors and include a spacious lobby and many modular office spaces. The offices are fitted with sun shields that are designed to reduce incoming sunlight in the summer and increase the daylight factor. Furthermore, the office block has a very low energy consumption: Glazed surfaces cover 44% of the façades upon which sun shields have been installed to provide plenty of natural light. The insulation, heating and cooling methods, using collected rainwater, also contribute to the building’s low energy consumption.

All offices were sold by Atenor to the German investment company, Deka Immobilien Investment Gmbh, in December 2018. Six hundred and fifty square meters of retail space have been incorporated at the foot of the tower. With these modular commercial spaces, the premises should contribute to enliven the European district.

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