Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2 000 m²
This project for the new Belgian Embassy in Beijing preserves the qualities of the former embassy’s large garden, by inviting it into the heart of the architecture. The result is a very open, light and luminous volume, with different functions efficiently planned to optimize the circulation.
This building acts as a showcase for Belgium in China. In particular the buildings CLT wood structure creates a sustainable image (natural and recyclable materials, carbon sink) and displays a high level of technology, representing Belgium’s mature level of knowledge and expertise. In addition, the materials selected for the walls, facades and floors are 90% recycled and recyclable, in order to achieve the lowest possible carbon footprint. The base volume and floors are made from the demolition materials of the former Embassy, hence grey tones and clouds of red bricks. The landscape, mainly composed of local grasses, is organized in assertive geometries, but through a wild planting vocabulary.