At the MIPIM Awards in Cannes, the new head office of BNP Paribas Fortis at Warandeberg in Brussels won first prize in the category 'Best Office and Business Development'. Warandeberg is a collaboration between the international firm Baumschlager Eberle Architekten, the Belgian architectural firms Styfhals & Partners and Jaspers-Eyers Architects, and the construction company Eiffage. The building has 4,100 workstations.
I’m delighted with the victory of Montagne du Parc at the MIPIM Awards. For me the project communicates three important ideas: The first is to be open in organising the interior use of the building in a long-term view. The second is that the atmosphere of the building relates to the history of the site, and it is transferable as a document of our time. Thirdly, the geometry follows exactly the site lines to give a clear understanding of the street, the space and the crossings which go up to the parc.
Professor Dietmar Eberle
The internationally renowned MIPIM Awards exist since 1991. They are presented every year at MIPIM in Cannes, a fair that unites the most influential players in the international real estate sector. The awards recognise the most outstanding projects in real estate worldwide and are considered to be the cream of the crop in the sector. The fact that a project located in Belgium won the gold medal is therefore a remarkable achievement.
The MIPIM Awards cover twelve categories. In a first round, the jury selected 3 to 5 nominees for each category. No easy task, with 171 candidates from 42 different countries. In a second round, it was for the public in Cannes to cast a vote for their favourite project. In the category Best Office and Business Development, Montagne du Parc competed against Gioia 22 in Milan, One Vanderbilt in New York and Southworks in London. Fierce competition, and yet it was Montagne du Parc that won over both jury and public.
Typology Mixed use (offices, events space, shops and restaurants)
Client BNP Paribas Fortis, Brussels, Belgium
Site Montagne du Parc, Brussels, Belgium
50° 50‘ 43.901“ N 4° 21‘ 38.423“ E
Site Area 14,300 m²
Area of building 7,400 m²
Gross floor area 100,000 m²
Team A consortium comprising Baumschlager Eberle Architekten and Styfhals & Partners emerged as winners of the design competition in 2013. They were joined by Jaspers Eyers Architects nv in 2016. To execute the project, a "Bouwteam" was set up with Eiffage Benelux as general contractor.
Start of construction 2017
Photography Cyrille Weiner
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