The new campus signals a shift for Solvay towards a more open, sustainable culture amidst a recent radical transformation of its business portfolio. The new building, located on the 22-hectare site that has housed many of Solvay’s activities since 1953, will not be a typical corporate office, but rather a fluid, collaborative space where teams and partners can co-create and interact.
One company. One campus. One building.
Sustainability and resiliency are two key drivers in the design of the new Solvay headquarters. The company’s dedication to its green ambitions are evident throughout the design of the zero carbon footprint, near zero energy building and green campus.
▼建筑致力于营造绿色生态环境，the company’s dedication to its green ambitions are evident throughout the design of the zero carbon footprint, near zero energy building and green campus
The Esplanade is the “urban carpet” that welcomes people to the premises and has a more formal, urban character than its surroundings, featuring planters with benches, solitary trees, and small reflective pools. The new large green roof, designed as a geometric garden, offers unobstructed views of the surroundings. It also features skylights and large sunken gardens that provide the workshop areas beneath with access to the outdoors.
▼如同城市的地毯邀请人们的光临，the Esplanade is the “urban carpet” that welcomes people to the premises
The existing park on the west side of the entrance will become a dedicated forest, and will reintroduce the 18th century old water stream linked to the Senne. Rainwater across the campus will be harvested and reused as much as possible, and the stream will amplify the natural rainwater ponds to boost biodiversity while creating microclimates. An open-air amphitheatre in the Yard on the north side of the campus will connect the headquarters with the new restaurant.
▼场地周边拥有丰富的自然环境，the building is surrounded by a rich environment
The green spaces and the large plaza will guide staff and visitors to the glazed, open and inviting main entrance lobby, flanked by the café and the Solvay Experience Centre. Inside the building, an impressive atrium, bathed in natural light, will offer social and visual connectivity between floors and departments. The first two floors house the laboratories and workshops, while the offices occupy the upper four floors. In between these, the Meeting Centre allows employees to gather, relax and communicate, while taking in the campus’s green views through large 360° terraces.
▼内部的中庭连通建筑各楼层，形成了巨大的开放性社交空间，the atrium will offer social and visual connectivity between floors and departments
▼中庭通过天窗享受温暖的日光，the atrium enjoys a warm sunlight through the skylight
Informal workspaces, such as the large social staircase that lines the atrium and the peaceful green patio that serves as a backdrop, will welcome new ways of working, communicating and collaborating.
▼一些非正式工作空间鼓励更具有创意性的工作和协作在此展开，informal workspaces will welcome new ways of working, communicating and collaborating
A sustainable statement
Solvay has ambitious sustainable development objectives, and is committed to minimizing its industrial waste and the impact of its manufacturing processes on air, water and soil quality. Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s winning design, which is expected to be certified BREEAM Excellent, will be carbon neutral, using geothermal energy, solar cells and natural ventilation, all set on a rolling green campus.