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18-10-2013

Architecture Week in Brussels

Hilton Tower

Within the frame of The Architecture Week in Brussels (www.aweek.be) Archi 2000 wanted to invite you to have a look at one of its unachieved works.  Some years ago, our office led some studies on the refurbishment and extension of The Hilton Hotel in Brussels…now renamed The Hotel.

A project which finally did not become reality! Flashback and summary in ten pictures.

A view of the new "Hilton²" tower, from the Egmont Park.

The « half open » retail gallery, setting a brand new connection between uptown (Toison d’or) and downtown (Sablon), through the Egmont Park.

View from the feet of the new "Hilton²" tower, from the Waterloo boulevard.

Proposal

The proposal was to free the hotel basis in order to build a new higher tower onto the original one.

A new mix of functions is planned.  In addition to the historic hotel function, apartments are settled in the upper part of the tower.

A cut in the axe of the building, with on each floor the "Skygarden"

The groundfloor plan. In the new part, a daylight retail gallery establishes a new link from uptown to downtown through the Egmont Park.

Typical floor plan, in its Hotel configuration for the lower floors and in its apartment configuration for the upper floors.

Régent 35

The future contemporary and ageless office building will have a building height of GF+5 + 2 recessed floors and a total surface area of 7,315 sq.m. above-ground.

Contrarily to the old building, the new building will be perfectly symmetrical to the opposing Régent 36 building, forming together a real city entrance.