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Key Project

Gare Maritime

Project owner: Extensa


Architect: Neutelings Riedijk


Construction period: 2016 - 2020


Project realised by: MBG / VMA

An exemplary development

The Gare Maritime, the former Tour & Taxis freight station that was constructed in 1907, has been completely renovated 110 years later, and is now an energy-neutral building. Awarded with several prizes, the building focuses on the transformation of the former freight station into a modern and sustainable building through the use of geothermal energy for heating and air conditioning, solar panels on the roof and on the southern façade, a rainwater collection system and dynamic glazing that adapts to the sunlight. The building shell has been optimized to waste as little energy as possible, while benefiting as much as possible from natural daylight. A triple-glazed sun screen that is both insulating and dynamic contributes to the circularity principle, and reduces energy requirements. 10,000 m³ of glued prefab timber was used for the construction of the 12 wooden blocks, with a total area of ± 45,000 m². This makes the project one of the largest wooden structures ever built in Europe. The wood is FSC-certified. In addition, innovative techniques and methods, such as the application of LEAN planning principles, were used for the planning of the work and the development of the entire project in BIM. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a solution for the digital modelling of building information. It allows the use of a shared digital representation of the building in question. All the information can be accessed, and any changes appear in real time. Full 3D visualisation gives an accurate picture of the project and all the infrastructural elements. It is a highly efficient tool for making decisions in connection with both the construction and the operation of the building.