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BNP Paribas Fortis

March 2019, in cooperation with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects & eld

Studio Farris Architects teamed up with Smith Hammer Lassen and ELD to make a design for the competition of the new BNP Paribas Fortis building in Brussels. The project site is situated on the border of higher and lower Brussels, at the Warandeberg in the heart of the city. One of the most important design intentions was to create a lively and vibrant building that is active in the city and the neighborhood where it is located. We wanted the building to be a destination in itself, a positive synergy between the bank and its surroundings: a building that opens itself to and interacts with its environment.

The volume of the building partly withdraws itself which creates space for a generous urban square on the level of the plinth. This square doesn’t function as an extension of the lobby, but as an active, public accessible hangout. The urban public life and the private space of the bank can meet each other and interact on this square. To achieve this, the typical Brussels’ landscape is being used to overcome all barriers. By opening up the ground floor, we create an internal street which brings accessibility, friendliness and dialogue to the project. Common spaces anchor the building in its environment. Therefore, we designed our common spaces in a way which encourages people to stay, and designed the site like a big public garden. The roofs, designed as green oases, are also accessible for the public. Green roofs are combined with spacious terraces, adjacent to a restaurant, that opens itself to the city and the skyline.

 

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