A building from the future on a heritage site: what better way to maintain the spirit of creativity that characterised the construction of the original Tour & Taxis buildings, than to innovate using twenty-first century technology and design?
The sleek, rotund Brussels Environment building uses the latest eco-friendly technologies, meets Europe’s highest sustainability standards and was the largest passive building in Belgium until the construction of the neighbouring Herman Teirlinck building in 2017. It has served as the administrative headquarters of the Brussels Environment service since 2014. Bright, open office spaces encourage collaborative work, and the infrastructure promotes eco-friendly practices such as paperless communication. Geothermal wells regulate temperature without using excess energy, and solar panels provide the building with electricity.