Solvay has selected the project proposed by the consortium consisting of Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Belgian firms MODULO architects and VK Engineering. Their design will unite Solvay employees in one building with dynamic spaces for open collaboration and co-creation and will embody Solvay’s pioneering spirit of scientific innovation and sustainability ambitions.
“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.
Works on the new building on the Solvay Campus in Neder-Over-Heembeek, north of Brussels, are expected to begin mid 2019 and to end by 2021.
Innovations in chemistry and advanced materials
How the architect responded to solvay's vision
Selecting the architect
- Schmidt Hammer Lassen, a Danish-based architecture firm
- Modulo, a Belgian-based architect office
- VK Architects & Engineers, a Belgian firm
Why Schmidt Hammer Lassen
- Its vision for a vibrant green area, with the new Solvay headquarters at its heart.
- Its highly sustainable credentials in meeting the requirements for BREEAM certification (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).
- Workspaces and common areas designed to stimulate easier communication and collaboration, facilitating Solvay’s new way of working and flexibility.
- Easier innovation, with two levels of the main building dedicated to R&I.
- A space that promotes well-being and work-life balance.
Ambitious cultural and "new" Solvay sustainable objectives
New ways of working
Spotlight on Research & Innovation
- Analysis Group, focused on the science of materials and the environment, use of polymers and corrosion.
- Polymers Group acting in the area of high barrier polymers, notably used in packaging of food and medicine.
- Product Development Group acting in the areas of new materials, water and gas treatment and the production and application of hydrogen peroxide.