Arquitectonica, a Miami based firm, has been announced by the government as the winner and hence the one chosen for completing the major mixed use scheme for Luxembourg. What makes this win even more special is getting chosen over entries by firms like Bjarke Ingels Group, Massimiliano Fuksas and Neutelings Riedijk Architects!
The project covers an area of 40,000 sq. meters and is believed to anchor the development of the new Kirchberg region. Its surrounding which is marked by the majority of the city’s European Institutions makes the site even more exciting.
Going up to a height of 27 stories, it will be the country’s tallest structure, which consists of residential, retail and office spaces. This lofty height along with the touch of steel and glass will portray the urbanization of Luxembourg.
The firm isn’t new to the grounds of Luxembourg. Its previous experience while designing the corporate headquarters for the Bank of Luxembourg, might have proven beneficial.
The folding organic roofs that stand between the twin residential tower and office structure forms the highlight of the design. The roof ultimately merges with the ground at the extreme ends. The huge open area in front is sunken down below the road level in order to create spaces for retail and leisure activities. The project will also develop a tram station , apart from forming a connection between the European Court of Justice and the Philharmonie building.
By: Kushal Jain