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      In 2008, an International competition was announced with, as its goal the redefinition and revamping of Brussel’s notorious Wetstraat, the provision of considerable additional office and residential surfaces and in a wider context, the contentious issue of the urban integration of the European institutions within the city. XDGA’s proposal takes on issues of density, urban mix, infrastructure and public space and does so by grouping them in a concentrated square of activity precisely at the moment where the well defined section of the Wetstraat gives way to the more loose and campus-like condition which characterizes the European quarter and its collection of varied, large scale volumes. It is this cross hair location which is key; it offers an integrated presence in the well defined urban structure of the former and takes advantage of the larger scale advantages of the latter to accommodate the huge programmatic surfaces required. The result is a compact and efficient urban form, which intimately engages the roads and metro lines running underground and uses them to enliven and offer a metropolitan character to the block. Unapologetically imposing and yet deeply rooted in the urban fabric and logic of the situation, the complex of towers seem to have been hewn from far larger original volumes evident at the base where conference, shopping, lobbies and a lively public plaza give a rich sense of urbanity for all.

      In 2008, an International competition was announced with, as its goal the redefinition and revamping of Brussel’s notorious Wetstraat, the provision of considerable additional office and residential surfaces and in a wider context, the contentious …

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    • 2008-2009116 Rue de la Loi

      competition,

      CityBrussels

      Programdefinition of a new urban form for the Rue de la Loi

      Year2008-2009

      Procedurecompetition

      ClientBrussels Capital Region

      Total floor area506.000 m² (excl. parking)

      LandscapeMichel Desvigne Paysagiste

      Structural engineerNey & Partners

      PhotographsFrans Parthesius