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Gare Maritime Inner Volumes - 15.092


Stability study of an existing historic structure and new internal volumes.


The "Gare Maritime", located on the site of Tour & Taxi in Brussels, is a former railway terminal, built in the early 20th century. In this magnificent historical hall, Neutelings-Riedijk Architecten's office has carefully inserted twelve pavilions in timber structure with a total of 45.000m². They will host shops, offices and public functions to make the Gare Maritime a real covered city with alleys, squares, gardens and an esplanade for events. The structure of these interior volumes is made of wood. The cores are made of cross laminated timber (CLT) and completed with columns-beams structure and with ribbed floor in glulam. Walkways and cross stairs connect pavilions to each others.

Specific features

The volumes remain entirely independent of each other, so that the steel structure can continue to deform under the influence of wind and temperature fluctuations. The project was fully modelled and coordinated in 3D thanks to BIM coordination, based on which all timber elements were prefabricated for rapid assembly on site. The composite floor elements are screwed together instead of glued, which increases the reusability and consequently improves the circular character of the structure. The interior volumes of the Gare Maritime represent a total of 9000 m³ of structural timber, of which 3000 m³ is laminated, and 6000 m³ is cross-laminated timber (CLT). This makes the Gare Maritime the largest timber construction project in Europe.

  • Neutelings Riedijk Architecten

  • Extensa

  • Brussels, Belgium

  • 45000 m2

  • 60000000 € Vat Excl.

  • In execution
  • Ney & Partners - Extensa