Some good news: with our project Centr'Al, we were nominated for the Staalbouwwedstrijd - an award granted to projects realised entirely or partially in steel.
Centr'Al is a dual cultural and sports complex consisting of a larger and a smaller volume on either side of the Alsembergsesteenweg in Forest (Brussels).
Despite the limited space available for foundations - the metro line runs under the complex - the usable area could still be maximised thanks to ingenious steel truss structures.
The ground level of the small building is reserved for the entrance and a bicycle shed. The second and third floors house two sports halls. The large building accommodates a foyer and a neighbourhood restaurant with industrial kitchen on the ground floor. On the first floor, there is a multi-purpose auditorium for cultural activities and on the second floor a double-height sports hall.
Aiming for a sleek, industrial look, we chose to leave the steel visible wherever possible.
Following the nomination, Centr'Al was featured in the latest edition of Infosteel magazine, as was the former Minerva garage on the Elisabethlaan in Berchem. Read both articles here.