Solvay reinvents its 22-hectare site in Brussels (Belgium) with a new, modern building- designed by the selected consortium: Danish architecture firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Belgian firms Modulo Architects and VK Engineering.
Through this project- unveiled on Monday 11 June- the Group aims to create a vibrant and dynamic workplace culture promoting collaboration, innovation, and sustainability.
Building the right workspace to accommodate this culture is a foundation for growth and development in line with Solvay’s transformation.
“Over the past six years, Solvay went through one of the most profound business transformations in its 155-year history. This project embodies the start of a new era for the Group’s long-term growth, fostering closer connections and creativity between colleagues, customers and the business,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.
About 1,000 Solvay employees who work at Brussels are spread across more than 20 buildings. The Group’s vision is to bring its employees together in one building and to turn the site into a buzzing campus nurturing science, innovation, and attracting talent. The new site will be dedicated to high-technology innovations in chemistry and advanced materials.
Inside the building, an impressive atrium will allow employees to gather, work and relax in an area bathed in natural light. From laboratories to workshops, meeting center to offices, the visual connections throughout the complex will work in synergy and harmony. Informal workspaces, such as the large social staircase that lines the atrium, and the peaceful green patio, will welcome new ways of working, communicating and collaborating. The first two floors house the laboratories and workshops, while the offices occupy the upper floors. In between, the meeting center allows employees to welcome visitors and customers while benefiting from the campus’ green views through large 360° terraces. The building makes a dynamic impression thanks to the shift in levels and the terraces.
The centerpiece is the new main Solvay building, which will include the Group’s headquarters, business units, laboratories and related R&I workshops. This open, light-filled and welcoming structure will bring Solvay employees together in a single building with labs and offices next to one another, facilitating communication and innovation.
Meanwhile, the south-east part of the campus will include a zone to host third-party enterprises, start-ups, research centers and universities.
“From the moment we started, sustainability and resilience were two key drivers in our design of the new Solvay headquarters. The repositioning of the Group, together with the well-being of the employees, was a central priority.
In the earliest stages, it became clear that one compact structure with one common entrance into the large atrium would allow everyone to share the unique experience of the building. Solvay’s dedication to sustainable solutions is evident throughout our design of the zero carbon footprint, near zero energy building and green campus. We translated Solvay’s desire for a welcoming, innovative, sustainable headquarters that would make a bold statement and reflect its core values into a single vision: One company. One campus. One building,” says Schmidt Hammer Lassen architect.