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Office buildings Umicore - 06.020


Complete mission for civil and structural engineering of a new office building, urban landscape and a couple of canopies.


The new building consist out of a 30cm thick concrete shell. It is a pile of 3 rotated boxes. The building is provided with only 11 columns, which are all placed with a certain inclination. There will be strong horizontal deformations due to the rotated positions of the boxes and the inclined columns. By adding an eccentric concrete core and by choosing well-defined positions of the columns, we have been able to reduce the deformations.

Specific features

An advanced 3D-model has been necessary to determine the short and long term horizontal deformations. We did also pay a lot of attention to the phasing of the form-work and the temporary forces.


1st Prize Nemetschek Engineering User Contest 2009 - category Housing & Buildings

  • 2006

  • 2007 - 2009

  • Conix Architects

  • Umicore n.v.

  • Hoboken, Belgium

  • 1800 m2

  • Completed
  • Daylight