Centre for digital technologies opens on historic site
3XN completes exhibition space in Namur, Belgium
Tenderstream member 3XN has recently completed an exhibition space in Namur, Belgium, dedicated to digital technologies. The inauguration ceremony took place on 18th September in the presence of several Walloon politicians and M Stefaan de Rynck , the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium. Envisioned as an economic driver for the 21st century, the new facility will encompass a range of cultural activities for citizens, as well as a Smart City project that seeks to debate major future challenges, such as how to build a more sustainable city.
Located at the confluence two rivers and adjacent to an historic Roman citadel and the Wallonian Parliament, the Grognon building is designed to invite the rediscovery of its historic setting, while looking to the future. Created to flow across the site in one continuous gesture, the Plaza and Digital Port areas are inspired by organic patterns and the natural forms of the river, providing a welcoming, human-scale environment for visitors.
The semicircular building is fully glazed, enabling people to look through the building from the tip of the Grognon through to the citadel. A spiral stair leads down to the restaurant, which offers a 180-degree view of the rivers and the city. After selecting the winning proposal for the site, the jury commended the open nature of the design, stating: “The whole riverfront façade is open to the water: a beautiful game of terraces inviting the rediscovery of the Meuse River; its rhythm; its life, animated by boats and movement.’’
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