Incide Engineering supported the technical bid for the acquisition of the construction of the new world headquarters of the Luxembourg-Indian Arcelor Mittal Group in Luxembourg.
The tower building with 5 floors underground and 16 floors above ground was designed by the Paris-based architecture firm Wilmotte, following an architectural competition.
The W&A teams designed a largely glazed and compact building with a steel metal structure, which is built around a lush garden and a central atrium for the full height of the building, covered by a glass roof. The design is inspired by the shape and volume of iron ore found in the red earths of southern Luxembourg.
The role of Incide Engineering
Incide has been contracted by the selected group of companies for the construction of the technical assistance activities for the tender, and subsequently the engineering activities preparatory to the development of the construction design of the steel and concrete structures.
The design will be developed in a BIM environment, both for the steel and concrete part using Tekla software, for a total and perfect coordination of the works.
Final verifications of the structure will complete the assignment, together with the BIM coordination of the structural disciplines and the interaction with the other design parts.
The project will engage a team of more than 10 people, for a total of 20 months.
The Arcelor Mittal project towards the circular economy
ArcelorMittal and the ‘Fonds d’Urbanisation et d’Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg‘ (‘the Kirchberg Fonds’) announced on 13 December that the architectural firm Wilmotte & Associés Architectes (‘W&A’) is the winner of the architectural consultation for the design of ArcelorMittal’s new global headquarters building in Luxembourg.
W&A was selected by a nine-person jury chaired by Aditya Mittal, CFO of ArcelorMittal and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe, at the end of a highly competitive procedure that saw the submission of projects from many of the world’s leading architects.
Other landmark buildings designed by W&A include the Ferrari sports management centre in Maranello, the UK headquarters of Google in London, the corporate headquarters of LVMH in Paris and the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel also in Paris.
The ambitious winning project – unveiled today in Kirchberg, Luxembourg – consists mainly of steel and glass and will highlight the various advantages of steel over other building materials, as well as the use of steel in ‘green’ and sustainable construction. In addition to being the headquarters of ArcelorMittal, which will house around 800 employees, part of the space will be rented out for other uses. There will also be a restaurant, a sports facility and a 200-seat auditorium for public use.
A new and different design
W&A’s project responds to a detailed brief to design a modern, sustainable building that harnesses the full potential of steel from top to bottom. The result is a truly unique building that includes numerous design innovations, including new products and innovative features resulting from close collaboration between the designer and ArcelorMittal’s research and development teams. Technical innovations include:
- A fluid and flexible ground floor space without columns, only possible with steel thanks to the use of a suspended steel exoskeleton.
- An integrated flooring system, completely designed in steel, which eliminates the need for suspended ceilings, ensuring high quality acoustics and improved aesthetics.
- A curtain wall entirely designed in steel, resulting in a lighter and more airy building due to the greater strength and superior elasticity of steel
- New profiles adapted to products designed for the automotive sector.
The W&A project also responds to ArcelorMittal’s desire for a sustainable building that promotes steel’s contribution to the circular economy. The building follows the ‘cradle-to-cradle’ concept, i.e. it can be dismantled and almost all steel products can be reused in a new building without having to be recycled.
It’s also a low-carbon, energy-efficient building that will be certified ‘BREEAM outstanding’, ‘DGNB Gold’ and ‘BBCA’. Environmental credentials include solar power generation – with 4,000 square metres of ArcelorMittal steel photovoltaic cells on the roof – rainwater management and automatic window opening for natural ventilation. The building also features a bioclimatic public atrium, ventilated by the Canadian Well system, which naturally cools the air in summer and warms it in winter. The atrium is designed to evoke the Luxembourg countryside and will feature woodland-style trees and plants that also provide environmental benefits by acting as a temperature buffer. Additional green space will be created by setting the building back from the boundary of the plot, creating new public open spaces. The building will also be certified by a gold-level ‘WELL’ label.
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