The new headquarters of AGC, one of Europe’s major flat glass manufacturers, is situated in the densely urbanized and interconnected area of Louvain-la-Neuve, south of Brussels.
Designers Samyn and Partners are no strangers to either the area or AGC. In the 1970s they were directly involved in the design of the new town, and have worked with AGC on researching glass façade solutions.
The new headquarters comprises an 83 m raised square slab supported by a regular grid of columns. The interiors have been laid out according to three requirements: efficient distribution, compactness to ensure maximum energy savings, and natural daylighting of every workstation.
The two storeys suspended over the ground floor parking area are divided into four functional areas. To the west, open-space offices are illuminated by three exterior patios stretching the breadth of...