Médiacité

Jaspers-Eyers Architects as Architects

The iconic architecture of Médiacité has transformed a 6.5-hectare piece of industrial wasteland into a destination in its own right. It is a multifunctional ensemble that includes a 122-store shopping mall, new studios for the major Belgian television and radio broadcast company RTBF and a public plaza that can accommodate outdoor events and broadcasts. A municipal ice-skating rink and cinemas are scheduled to open in the near future.


Médiacité has already become a Liège landmark and, together with Santiago Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins TGV train station and the Musée d’Art moderne et d’Art contemporain de la Ville de Liège (MAMAC), it creates a new axis for the city.


The development is comprised of a renovated local shopping centre (built in 1975) and a brand new regional shopping mall. The former 1970s shopping centre was reorganised in terms of accessibility and unit size and integrated into Médiacité. At street level, the classic street alignment along Rue Grétry was recreated through the addition of a new spider-glass façade applied to the original building, which is partly recessed from the line of the street. The privacy of the residents occupying the existing 1970s properties has largely been enhanced through a dedicated entrance and lobby. The main axis of the new shopping mall links the district of Longdoz to the River Meuse and boasts a statement 400-metre glass roof.


Médiacité is the first BREEAM certified retail centre in Europe. The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM for short, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. Médiacité meets all of the BREEAM criteria for sustainable development: brownfield regeneration, green roof, efficient wastewater treatment, air-quality standards, low emissions, non-electric air-conditioning, free-cooling/night cooling, 7-criteria waste sorting and a tenant's ‘green charter’.

Mediacite of Liège

Barrisol - Normalu Sas as Ceilings

The Mediacité shopping center is one of the biggest in Belgium with a surface of more than 160.000 m². The concept of the building opened to the public was realized by the famous architect-designer Ron Arad and by Jaspers-Eyers architects.


The shopping mall gallery measure 450 meters long and is characterized by an impressive wave glass roof that formed interlaced steel bands. Barrisol Laqué® "Rouge grenat" revitalizes the movements of this band on all its length, as well as in the center by dressing some rhombuses. With its futurist and audacious shapes, this shopping mall combines the most modern technologies and building materials.

Mediacité

BuroHappold Engineering as Engineers

The addition of a stunning roof to the Mediacite retail centre in Liège was a late addition to the architectural design, added by a brave client with the vision and determination to create a landmark for the community. Mall design and construction of the main buildings were well under way by the time Buro Happold came on board with the architects to design the centre piece of this new development.


Key facts


- Intersecting ribs span 35m long X 30m wide mall space - Hybrid structure takes advantage of shell action and resolves inconsistent boundary conditions of concrete structure underneath - Efficient procurement with local steelwork contractor on site

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