TYPSA and its subsidiary MC2 are part of the team that has won first prize in the European Commission’s International Architectural Competition for the design of the LOI 130 office complex in Brussels, together with the architects Rafael de la Hoz, Perkins & Will and Latz+Partner.
The Loi 130 competition to replace ageing Commission premises in Brussels is the first of this type to be launched from the EU capital.
The new buildings are part of the Loi urban project in Brussels and must fulfil the set objectives based on sustainability and energy efficiency. Construction will generate 50% less emissions and the new buildings will consume 70% less energy compared to the Commission’s existing offices.
The project will be built in two phases; the first between 2025 and 2030 and the second between 2030 and 2035.
The complex will have two main towers for about 5,200 people as well as featuring sports facilities, childcare centres, restaurants, exhibition and conference halls, public spaces and so on.
In order to reduce the carbon footprint, certified-timber that sequesters CO2 during growth is proposed for the structures of the low and mid-rise buildings, producing a building that functions as a greenhouse gas sink while being effectively sustainable, the rain and the sun being the only energy systems used for production.