Fifth LafargeHolcim Awards

75 The Brussels-based firm TETRA architecten was founded in 2012 by Annekatrien Ver- dickt, Jan Terwecoren, Lieven De Groote, and Ana Castillo. Annekatrien Verdickt studied architecture at the Sint-Lucas Brussels School of Arts, where she graduated with a master cum laude. Architect and engineer Jan Terwecoren received his master’s degree from Ghent University and subsequently worked in various offices as an architect and engineer before joining TETRA architecten. Lieven De Groote studied architecture at La Sapienzia Università di Roma and at Ghent University. He then worked as an architect for three years at S&Aa Soriano y Palacios arquitectos in Madrid, before returning to Belgium, where he worked for seven years for Coussée & Goris architecten. Ana Castillo studied architecture and urbanism at the La Sapienzia Università di Roma and the Uni- versidad Politécnica de Madrid and worked at different projects in Spain, Brazil and Belgium before joining TETRA architecten. TETRA architecten has previously been suc- cessful with their work in the field of waste handling – winning an Acknowledgment prize at the regional LafargeHolcim Awards Europe 2014 with their project “Construc- tion materials recycling and logistics hub” in Brussels. Your project is part of the redevelopment plan for the Brussels Canal Zone. Were you directly approached because of your experience in waste-management projects? Lieven De Groote: No, it was a two-stage competition. The first phase of the competi- tion was open to all interested architectural offices who were invited to submit their portfolio and present a motivation nota for the project. Based on this, the city’s chief architect selected five teams to elaborate their projects in the second phase. Why is the Brussels Canal Zone so important? Jan Terwecoren: The canal is still part of the city’s infrastructure. It is also still in use as a transport route for goods, because it reduces truck traffic in the city – and it should remain like this. The central location in the city makes the canal and the Canal Zone impor- tant elements of the urban infrastructure. That’s why the goal of the redevelopment plan is not just beautification of the canal district but much more pragmatic aspects such as logistics, business, and residential infrastructure. “No central large depot” Ana Castillo “A completely new building” Lieven De Groote Logistics Framework: LafargeHolcim Awards Gold ex aequo 2017 Europe