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An Egg Shaped Europa

Brussels is arguably the Washington DC of Europe with numerous institutions of the European Union located there. The newest of these could soon be Europa, an extension to the existing Residence Palace.

The scheme features a monumental glazed atrium over 12 storeys tall that contains a huge egg-like structure inside it. This organic shape allows for the creation of a collection of circular shaped floorplates that will be utilised for double height meeting rooms and conferences of such a standard as to be able to host international events. Set behind it will be offices to help service the complex. Topping the building, and to provide to provide solar shading, will be roof mounted brise soleil.

The structure on the front of the exterior of the building will be a complex web of steel with glazing over it, that's designed to be lightweight due the inclusion of a new railway tunnel under it that promises to halve time between the area and Brussels main airport.

Although the building is for the use of the European Union, promised improvements to the surrounding area have meant that the City of Brussels has also stumped up a large amount of cash to help pay for the development.

Under the rail tunnel will be a road tunnel that allows the burying of the existing road meaning that Schuman Square can be fully pedestrianised showing that the building is a way of providing a number of solutions to the existing urban problems of this part of Brussels.
Europa, Brussels
Europa, Brussels