How the Herman Teirlinck building breaks boundaries
With a surface area of 66,500 m2, the Herman Teirlinck building on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels is the largest passive building in Belgium. The beating heart of the building is a covered, indoor street. Here, all common functions shared by staff and visitors — such as a central information desk, restaurant, reception rooms, auditoriums, exhibition space and meeting centres — are located.
The street also provides access to four large winter gardens, which provide daylight to the floors above and are not climate controlled. In this way, they effectively bridge the gap between inside and outside. Strategically placed in the gardens alongside the vegetation are a number of Extremis’ Hopper tables and benches to create the perfect place to take a break from work and relax. In a few years’ time, those courtyards will provide five-meter-high green oases: multifunctional spaces where workers and visitors can escape the daily hustle and bustle and reflect.
In total, the Herman Teirlinck building provides 1,800 flexible workplaces for 2,600 people. Not only is this in line with the rising teleworking trend, it also means that employees are free to choose the spot in the office that is best suited to their current task. Every workplace is a generous 20 square meters. Ample working space, and the availability of breakout spaces in the form of four courtyards, provide the ideal environment to strike a balance between relaxation and productivity.