VRT Huis, Vilvoorde
A while ago, the VRT (the public broadcast station for radio and television in Flanders, Belgium) selected partners to build their new office – where they want to move in the summer of 2026.
Willemen Construct & Jan De Nul Group got the assignment with building technology group EEG, architect firms OFFICE Kersten Geers, David Van Severen, Jaspers-Eyers Architects and Bureau Bas Smets, engineering firms Tractebel and CES and the builder of television and radio studio’s Ideal Acoustics. Under the name ‘VRT Tomorrow’ all these companies join forces to realise the new home for VRT. Vorsselmans is selected to realise the façades.
The new VRT home of 65,000 m² will remain on the Reyerslaan. It will be a compact and versatile building, with two stacked volumes. The base is an octagonal volume with a spacious lobby, an event room, a company restaurant, logistic spaces with a loading and unloading zone and three large television studio’s. On top of this octagonal volume another volume with three storeys will be placed. Each storey has a large space for working. Frederik Delaplace – CEO of the VRT – explains: “We chose for a horizontal building that promotes a new way of working. Our people will literally work together on flexible platforms so that we can adjust ourselves to the evolution of the media in the next decennia. The building will be a place where creation and interaction are at the core of everything we do.”
Vorsselmans as a partner
From the start of the tender, Vorsselmans joined the project as a partner for the façades. Together with the architect and the other partners, we searched for the most efficient solution for the façade in order to meet both the aesthetic wishes of the architect/client and the technical requirements. And all this within a budget that made it possible for us to win the tender.
The architects wanted to create a transparant building with a large span – which could result in a bending of the floors. In the end we solved this by using new extruded profiles in combination with the existing façade system of Schüco.
We look forward to the next part of this – spectacular – project!
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