Brussels train station transformed into wooden shopping and event center

November 17, 2020 by  
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The Gare Maritime railway station in Brussels has seen a huge transformation. The building, formerly one of Europe’s largest railway stations for goods, has been renovated into a new city district shopping and event development made of cross-laminated timber. Reimagined as a multi-purpose public space for companies and events, the building is covered entirely in  wood  and highlights sustainable architectural practices such as solar energy and rainwater collection systems. According to the architects at Neutelings Riedijk, the structure is the largest  cross-laminated timber  project in Europe. Architects added a series of 12 new building volumes to accommodate a new program of 45,000 square meters. Along with the existing halls, roofs and side aisles, the new design creates a structure that mimics a small city with streets and parks. Related: Sweden’s tallest timber building could save 550 tons of CO2 The choice of wood came down to sustainability and weight, as a concrete construction would have been five times heavier. Cross-laminated timber with a facade finishing in oak offered the perfect solution to create a prefabricated and dry construction method with shorter building time. As a result, the design features demountable connections and modular wooden building elements to promote sustainability. The central space is reserved for public events and contains a green walking boulevard on both sides. Routes measure 16 meters wide, giving pedestrians plenty of room to enjoy the spacious inner garden complete with a hundred trees. Overall, the space includes a total of 10 gardens based on four themes: woodland, flowers, grass and fragrance. As Brussels enjoys a Mediterranean climate, designers chose plants that adapt to the specific growing conditions. The Gare Maritime also remains completely energy neutral and fossil-free thanks to glass facades and solar cells, with a total area of 17,000 square meters of roof space dedicated to  solar panels . The building uses geothermal energy and a rainwater collection system to water the massive gardens. + Neutelings Riedijk Architects Via ArchDaily Photo: Filip Dujardin/Sarah Blee/Tim Fisher | © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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The Gare Maritime railway station in Brussels has seen a huge transformation. The building, formerly one of Europe’s largest railway stations for goods, has been renovated into a new city district shopping and event development made of cross-laminated timber. Reimagined as a multi-purpose public space for companies and events, the building is covered entirely in  wood  and highlights sustainable architectural practices such as solar energy and rainwater collection systems. According to the architects at Neutelings Riedijk, the structure is the largest  cross-laminated timber  project in Europe. Architects added a series of 12 new building volumes to accommodate a new program of 45,000 square meters. Along with the existing halls, roofs and side aisles, the new design creates a structure that mimics a small city with streets and parks. Related: Sweden’s tallest timber building could save 550 tons of CO2 The choice of wood came down to sustainability and weight, as a concrete construction would have been five times heavier. Cross-laminated timber with a facade finishing in oak offered the perfect solution to create a prefabricated and dry construction method with shorter building time. As a result, the design features demountable connections and modular wooden building elements to promote sustainability. The central space is reserved for public events and contains a green walking boulevard on both sides. Routes measure 16 meters wide, giving pedestrians plenty of room to enjoy the spacious inner garden complete with a hundred trees. Overall, the space includes a total of 10 gardens based on four themes: woodland, flowers, grass and fragrance. As Brussels enjoys a Mediterranean climate, designers chose plants that adapt to the specific growing conditions. The Gare Maritime also remains completely energy neutral and fossil-free thanks to glass facades and solar cells, with a total area of 17,000 square meters of roof space dedicated to  solar panels . The building uses geothermal energy and a rainwater collection system to water the massive gardens. + Neutelings Riedijk Architects Via ArchDaily Photo: Filip Dujardin/Sarah Blee/Tim Fisher | © Neutelings Riedijk Architects

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How Starbucks plans to reduce its paper cup waste

January 4, 2013 by  
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The coffee chain unveils a new program aimed at changing customer behavior.

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Why businesses shouldn’t let carbon fraud halt U.S. cap and trade

January 4, 2013 by  
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Don't let criminals steal the possibility of a U.S. carbon market, urges Enviance CEO Lawrence Goldenhersh. Price-distorting fraud is preventable, he argues, and companies should back cap and trade.

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Citizen Science Could Save California from Catastrophic Oak Tree Loss

October 5, 2010 by  
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Photo via celesteh The oak tree is an iconic part of the California landscape, but an insidious pathogen threatens to wipe out as much as 90% of the state’s live oaks and black oaks within 25 years. It’s called ” sudden oak death ” and has been moving along the coast since 1995

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Valencia Design Week 2010: The Three Little Pigs, a Cardboard Fable (Photos)

October 5, 2010 by  
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Three Little Pigs by Sanserif Design Studio.

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Encouraging New Law In Argentina Bans Mining Around Glaciers

October 5, 2010 by  
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Photo: Dominic Alves / Creative Commons . Greenpeace is on a roll in Argentina.

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High-Tech Trash Bins Rat Out Residents Who Refuse to Recycle

August 23, 2010 by  
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Photo via orphanjones Cleveland residents are about to get an extra incentive to recycle — if they don’t, their trash bins will tattletale and they’ll be slapped with a $100 fine. The city is starting a new program that features trash bins embedded with microchips

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Buy a Solar Cooker and Offset 1 Ton of CO2

December 1, 2009 by  
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Image via: Solar Cookers International Solar Cookers International has come up with a new program just in time for the holidays that allows you to give a gift, help out someone less fortunate, clear the air of harmful emissions AND offset one ton of carbon dioxide. Just might be the best $50 you’ve ever spent this season…

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Amphibians Dethroned as Environmental Canaries

December 1, 2009 by  
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Image credit: kuribo /Flickr It seems obvious that amphibians, with their permeable skin and proclivity for aquatic environments, would be among the first to be effected by chemical pollution and environmental degradation. Indeed, they have long been considered “canaries,” or species that indicate alarming environmental trends. New research , however, suggests that amphibians are no more susceptible to pollution and environmental degradation than the other species that share their habitat….

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