Logistics Framework in Belgium

MIXING AND DENSIFICATION The space below the waffled slab is six metres high and is ideal for accommodating logistical activities, light industry, studios, a supermarket or a sports centre. This height also allows for the construction of an additional floor or mezzanine for more small-scale purposes, such as office space, residential space, classrooms, shops, etc.). The space above the waffled slab also offers expansion options. The level of the roof lines up with the level of the residential zone behind the building. The roof is constructed to be able to bear the heavy weight of trucks and the construction of light volumes. As such, a potential future demand for a more large-scale program can be accounted for thanks to this newly created surface level. Each surface level can be accessed from that level. The superposition of functions is combined with the advantages of juxtaposition of functions. The wide range of options within the planned (infra)structure increases the level of resilience of the area’s equipment and as such, improves the chances of being able to keep in step with the evolving complexity of the urban fabric surrounding the canal. The building offers the possibility of functions being mixed or densified in the future, which will increase its economic vitality as well. THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF GREENERY High-quality empty space in cities has intrinsic economic value. Buildings next to a park, river, or square are worth more than others because they offer a greater degree of comfort: a nice view, privacy, a buffer zone, more exterior space, recreational possibilities, a quiet spot within the hectic city… As the demand housing and services in this segment of the canal plan increases, the value of the centralised greenery will also increase. The patio typology offers the option of densification around the edges. The ratio of greenery to built-up area will decrease, but there will be no corresponding decrease in the comfort that users are able to glean from the greenery. In this respect, the 2000 m2 green space in the centre of the plot is an investment for the future. URBAN RESILIENCE The supporting urban structure and the generic building conditions allow an urban resilience, varying from an industrial-plus-mix to a residential- plus-mix. They create a long-term possibility of introducing housing to an industrial area where it is currently unsuitable. The actual design (parking, vehicle maintenance, offices, refectory and fitness) is situated in a more industrial level of the broadband. ROBUST MATERIALS In the choice of materials for the building, impact-resistant and sustainable materials are chosen wherever possible. The choice of materials is determined for a large part by the structural solutions that will be left visible: the exposed concrete of the cassette elements, the concrete slabs, the columns, etc. This will minimise maintenance costs. SUPPORTING STRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT The construction of the building features a strong distinction between the supporting or primary structure on the one hand, and the equipment or the secondary elements on the other hand. The roof structure and its immediate supporting points are part of the primary structure. This structure is intended to stand the test of time. The primary structure allows a great deal of freedom for accommodating new requirements of the client or other users’ requirements without necessitating any adjustments to the supporting structure. In such an event, any adjustments should be made to the secondary structure or the equipment instead. WAFFLED SLAB AND TECHNICAL CORES The roof structure consists of a concrete waffled slab. Such waffled structures have a high degree of rigidity and an orthotropic construction. The positions of the supporting points can be freely chosen within this concept, resulting in column-free spaces with a 25-metre span. The technical shafts are positioned along the outer perimeter of the building. The sanitary facilities and technical rooms are linked to the shafts, so that the central ring that looks out over the forest remains clear. Both the construction and the techniques involved have been conceived in such a way as to allow for a flexible equipment. Sustainable development requires flexible and generic building types that can adjust to changing circumstances. The building of NET Brussel is conceived within a transitional strategy. Inverting the conventional industrial box-on-a-plot typology, the building considers a spatial and economic efficient land use concentrating outdoor space in the centre of the plot. served 25m served technical core waffle slab roof service service technical core DIFFERENT TYPES OF VEHICLES SUPPORTING URBAN STRUCTURE level 0 level 1 03 PROSPERITY GLOBAL LAFARGEHOLCIM AWARDS 2018 TETRA architecten LOGISTICS FRAMEWORK Adaptable structure for a garbage collection company Mouton cvba Boydens nv ARA bvba Structural engineering: Technical engineering: Landscape: